1. Willy44's Avatar

    I'm searching a good prepaid service for half a year in california (San Diego) or a contract fort his time (don't know whether this is possible). My cellphone is a Lumia 720 (GSM-Quadband (850/900/1800/1900) and UMTS-Quadband (850/900/1900/2100)). Important is a data plan which I can use sometimes for skype calls! Somewhre I read that AT&T charged the international skype calls as normal calls through their voice plan - can someone confirm this? Are there any experiences with other carriers and skype calls?
    I have no idea how many minutes and text messages I will need...

    07-14-2013 01:11 PM
  2. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I'm not sure about AT&T and international Skype calls. It looks like you might be able to get a Skype number from your country, so your family/friends would not have to pay international charges to talk to you using Skype. https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA2...y-skype-number
    07-28-2013 01:23 AM
  3. ninjaap's Avatar
    I've always heard that T-Mobile is a good (meaning cheaper) option for pre-paid plans. And they specialize in international phones - your faster bands will more than likely work better with T-Mobile than ATT.
    07-30-2013 05:46 PM
  4. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    Tmobile prepaid is great. Their plans are probably the cheapest and customer service is pretty decent.
    07-30-2013 05:49 PM
  5. inteller's Avatar
    Get a Straight Talk SIM. Unlimited everything on T-Mobile. You can buy a 6-mo card from them for $255 and you are done.
    07-30-2013 10:11 PM
  6. rdubmu's Avatar
    I would go with whichever carrier has the bands you can use with your phone. Straight talk has both T-Mobile and At&t, you just need the right sim card.
    07-31-2013 08:13 PM
  7. myrandex's Avatar
    Look at the frequencies of your phone. Anything TMo means no 3G / 4G service, only EDGE. Do yourself a favor and pick a prepaid carrier that runs on thew ATT network. It is great when I've visited CA.

    You can purchase Net10 Sim cards off of Amazon that are compatible with the ATT network for pretty cheap (under $10) and they have unlimited everything plans with local usage for around $45 a month. They also have cheap plans inclusive of international calling. And with unlimited data (just don't go crazy with it) you can use Skype for your calls as I saw mentioned.


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    07-31-2013 08:56 PM
  8. myrandex's Avatar
    I would go with whichever carrier has the bands you can use with your phone. Straight talk has both T-Mobile and At&t, you just need the right sim card.
    FYI you cannot buy straight talk cards compatible with ATT anymore from them the last I checked. Amazon sells those cards too, but they are quite expensive.


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    07-31-2013 08:56 PM
  9. inteller's Avatar
    yes, that's why I said just get a straight talk card cause t-mo coverage will be fine where you will be.
    08-01-2013 09:20 AM
  10. mogelijk's Avatar
    Actually, T-Mobile refarmed their network in most cities to work on AT&Ts 3G frequencies -- this was done last year before they sold the iPhone, they were trying to get iPhone/AT&T customers onto T-Mobile. In California; San Diego, the LA metro area (including Orange county), and the Bay area all are refarmed to get 3G/HSPA+ speeds on the 1900 Mhz band (AT&T).

    As far as coverage outside of cities, most international phones will not get 3G/HSPA+ service on T-Mobile as they need to use both the 1700 and 2100 Mhz frequencies.
    08-05-2013 02:03 PM
  11. inteller's Avatar
    his quad band phone will work.
    08-05-2013 02:54 PM
  12. Willy44's Avatar
    Thanks for the answers!

    I found this at the t-mobile site (SIM Card details from T-Mobile)

    "Only 3G phones that support the 1700-MHz band are compatible (not all 3G phones support it). If you own a 3G phone that does not support the 1700-MHz band, it will operate at 2G (EDGE) speeds on our network.
    Not all iPhones® and iPads are compatible with the T-Mobile network. Except for with unlocked iPhone 5, T-Mobile cannot currently support Apple products that originated from Verizon® or Sprint®.
    iPhones in most markets operate at 2G (EDGE) speeds on the T-Mobile network because of issues with the device design.
    We’re upgrading our network to make our 4G network compatible with a more devices, including the iPhone, in 2013."

    @mogelijk: You are sure that 3G is possible with the Lumia 720 without the 1700 band in San Diego?
    08-05-2013 03:26 PM
  13. inteller's Avatar
    when you get a Straight Talk T-Mo sim you may have a primary T-Mo network but it will roam on ATT when necessary.
    08-05-2013 03:43 PM
  14. mogelijk's Avatar
    According to this map, which has tracked the refarm, it should work without the 1700 Mhz band. And here is a document from T-Mobile that explains the refarming and a list of cities that would be refarmed (it includes San Diego).
    08-05-2013 04:26 PM
  15. Willy44's Avatar
    @inteller: also data roaming?
    On this site I found that all t-mobile prepaid plans also roam for free (only voice and sms): Updated and Expanded: The Best US Prepaid Data Deals | Prepaid Phone News
    08-05-2013 05:09 PM
  16. inteller's Avatar
    Straight Talk is a different animal. They have agreements in place with both ATT and T-Mo. I have never had my ATT SIM roam off of the network and onto a T-Mobile network so I can't say if data roams or not, but I leave my data roaming on and have never had any problem.
    08-06-2013 02:06 PM
  17. inteller's Avatar

    Straight Talk Site
    08-06-2013 10:10 PM

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