[ba] Re: OT: cellphones in the US
bernardl at acumenassociates.com
Thu Apr 29 13:11:47 EDT 2004
Your continental phone will likely not work here in the states. Europe
tends to be GSM, while the US is not. I am sure your roaming rates will
be way higher than a pre-paid local rate. The issue will be the cost of
the phone. It will also be advantageous to have a US number for your phone.
I have first hand experience with Verizon and AT&T. Other options are
Xingular and Sprint.
Both Verizon and AT&T offer pre-paid plans. These should work just fine
for you for a short term use.
http://www.freeup.com/ for verizon wireless
http://www.attwireless.com/personal/gophone/index.jhtml for AT&T
I recently switched from AT&T to Verizon for my cell service, so even
though the AT&T site looks a lot better to me, I would steer you to
Verizon. These pre-paid plans tend to be marketed toward kids :-)
Either carrier should do fine here on the US West Coast.
My wife was already on Verizon, but we upgraded her phone, so we had her
2 yr old phone as a spare. I hooked it up to Verizon Free-up and got a
number and the phone working in 10 minutes at a Verizon store. If you
can wait to get a number until you get here, just walk into a Verizon or
AT&T store and walk out with a month-to-month or pre-paid phone. If you
can scam a recent old phone from someone, you can use that, but you need
a verizon phone for verizon and an AT&T phone for AT&T.
Our Free-up phone is charged with a $30 card which has a 60 day life,
but the unused $ roll over beyond the 60 days if you recharge with
another card. I would assume one could recharge the phone $ with a
I have my recently decommissioned AT&T cell phone here on my desk with a
wall charger and a car charger. If you were coming to Seattle I would
just loan it to you for your trip and we could set it up with AT&T gophone.
Why don't you, if you have not already done so, subscribe to the San
Francisco Bay Area (ba) Audi list, as I think I recall you are flying
into ba and driving south. Ask if anyone there has a recently
decommissioned phone they can loan you.
I've cc'ed the ba group in this reply.
tnas at euronet.nl wrote:
>Please reply privately, as this has nothing to do with Audis in a direct way,,,
>Here in Holland, you can buy a cellphone with pre-paid call tariff. You buy a phone for peanuts and
>you get a certain amount's worth of calls with it. When you've used that up, you can upgrade the
>account by buying a new card and entering a code into the phone. The provider relies on you
>upgrading your account regularly for the profit in this deal.
>Does this system also exist in the US, and what do phones generally cost? For a CA trip, which
>phone networks are best? Or would it be a better idea to buy a tri-band phone here and rely on my
>network's roaming service?
>TIA for your replies!
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>quattro at audifans.com
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