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Tutor

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Wed, Feb 7, 2018 7:22 AM

USA Visit

I will be visiting the USA in July with my family, 6 members on a road trip in the East States.

 

Would appreciate some clarity on the following points:-

 

Mobile Phone Usage

1. Can I use iPhone's 'Personal HotSpot' feature on a prepaid mobile SIM? If yes on which tariff?

2. Which tariffs are available for unlimited calls to USA (mobile and landline)?

3. Is there a tariff or bundle which gives me a package of calls to EU, specifically to Malta?

 

Mobie Wifi Services

4. Can I purchase a Mobile Wifi SIM (Data Only SIM) as a SIM only without
the device?

5. Is there an Unlimited data version of Mobile Wifi SIM (SIM only) on prepaid?

 

General
6. These prepaid AT&T SIMs, are they GSM and which band?

7. Does AT&T give coverage across the USA including New York City,
Niagara, Washington DC, Florida?

 

Thank you!

lizdance40

ACE - Sage

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89.4K Messages

4 y ago

Most of this was already asked and answered 

 

https://forums.att.com/t5/AT-T-PREPAID/Visiting-USA-for-a-month/m-p/5398663#M67640

Plans are here:   https://www.att.com/prepaid/plans.html

 

1. Can I use iPhone's 'Personal HotSpot' feature on a prepaid mobile SIM? $35 or $45 plan

(tariff means tax). 
2. Which tariffs tier are available for unlimited calls to USA (mobile and landline)?  All of them 
3. Is there a tariff or bundle which gives me a package of calls to EU, specifically to Malta?  You have to purchase an international package and then will be charged a small pay per use charge.  

Mobie Wifi Services
4. Can I purchase a Mobile Wifi SIM (Data Only SIM) as a SIM only without
the device?   Yes, already asked and answered
5. Is there an Unlimited data version of Mobile Wifi SIM (SIM only) on prepaid?  No, already asked and answered.

General
6. These prepaid AT&T SIMs, are they GSM and which band?  Yes, already asked and answered

ATT operates on 3g bands 850 and 1900. LTE 2,4,5,12/17 and 30
7. Does AT&T give coverage across the USA including New York City,
Niagara, Washington DC, Florida?   Yes, already asked and answered.  

 

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Tutor

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9 Messages

4 y ago

Regarding the answer to this:

 

1. Can I use iPhone's 'Personal HotSpot' feature on a prepaid mobile SIM? $35 or $45 plan

This doesn't meed my requirement as these plans are not valid for my Personal HotSpot use because they are only 1 GB or 6GB of data.

Can I in some way (maybe via a bundle) have a phone line for iPhone which gives me a Personal HotSpot and unlimited data? If yes which tariff will that be?

 

lizdance40

ACE - Sage

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89.4K Messages

4 y ago

@robbierincewind

No.  ATT does not have a plan at all that allows unlimited hotspot use.  The prepaid plans for data only are as listed in the link.  

No US carrier allows data only devices to have unlimited prepaid data.  Most also do not allow postpaid unlimited on data only devices.  And you won’t qualify for a postpaid plan.

 

Tutor

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9 Messages

4 y ago

Thank you so much for the information shared.

I’m seeing that my best bet would be to have the following:-



$35 Monthly Plan to have 1GB on my phone and and unlimited talk and text in
the USA.

https://www.att.com/prepaid/plans.html

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$10 International Pass to get 1,000 minutes to Malta – Landline only.

https://www.att.com/shop/wireless/international/att-prepaid.html



If I understood right calls to Malta (Mobile) will be at $0.96

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A mobile Wifi service, one of these

https://www.att.com/shop/wireless/att-prepaid-mobile-hotspot.html





I’m happy with the voice/text option 😊 but not with the mobile wifi option
☹ it’s not sufficient.


lizdance40

ACE - Sage

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89.4K Messages

4 y ago

@robbierincewind

And yet for a only $10 more you get 6 times more data on the phone to use as a hotspot.  

You should be getting the $45 phone plan and add data at $20 for 3 gigs of data.  

Cost per gig $7.22 for 9 gigs, $7.04 for 12 gigs, etc.  As opposed to $10 per gig in the mobile hotspot.  

So I gave information, now I’m giving advice.  DONT GET A PLAN FOR THE MOBILE HOTSPOT. Get a plan for the phone and add data at the $20 for 3 gigs as often as you need to.

Unless you are traveling with many people and need them to use the hotspot when your phone is not around if you separate, there is no reason to buy a plan at 25% more per gig for a mobile hotspot.  Your phone will be capable of providing a hotspot, at the same time you use it for talk and text and data on the phone.  

 

Tutor

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9 Messages

4 y ago

big BIG thanks for your support and patience. Much appreciated.

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