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Can I Use Temporary or Pay as You Go Data SIM?

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Can I Use Temporary or Pay as You Go Data SIM?

Can I put Walmart or other data SIMs into my factory unlocked iPhone 5 or Samsung Note 3 when I visit? I live outside USA and buy my phones in the country where I live and want to use same phone when home in USA.

Phones where I live or have lived in last 10 years are not carrier or SIM locked.

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1. Re: Can I Use Temporary or Pay as You Go Data SIM?

sunsandsurf61,

from what i understand about Samsung, they have incorporated a regional lock into their devices now. So as long as you have installed a regional SIM in the phone first, you should be good.

your iPhone should be good too.

just one note. i only have T mobile, but the only way to get data (web not text) is thru a contract of some type. I was able to get data thru their 50 USD/month international plan. on my T (USA) PAYG SIM, data isn't available unless you move up. On my UK and NL PAYG SIM i can buy data anytime i want.

Edited: 20 April 2014, 03:45
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2. Re: Can I Use Temporary or Pay as You Go Data SIM?

thanks. I've easily picked up SIMs in Thailand, Malaysia, Amsterdam, Croatia, Philippines and most of those at the 7/11 or local convenience store and they work in my phones with cheap unlimited data, but it just seems USA was not as easy, convenient, or cheap. Hope its getting better.

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3. Re: Can I Use Temporary or Pay as You Go Data SIM?

sunsandsurf61,

depending on what city you start in, finding a shop shouldnt be an issue.

I bought all of my SIMs from Provider store fronts and not from convenience stores, but i may just try one of those on my day off. I think it would be a good learning experience and to see how easy or not it is.

As far as price goes, i have a T PAYG SIM that was about 20+ USD. It has voice/text but no data and no way to get data as i stated before and is the #1 reason i like my NL & UK SIM. It cost a little more to use over here, but once i get back overthere, thats what stays in my e devices.

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