MavEtJu's Distorted View of the World

3, iPhone and international roaming

Posted on 2010-07-18 23:00:00, modified on 2010-07-18 18:00:00
Tags: iPhone, 3G, Travelling

While being in San Francisco this week and in Sunnyvale next week, I informed with my provider, 3 in this case, about the charges for access to the 3G network internationally. That was kind of a shock, they wanted to have AU$ 20 per megabyte. I quickly rejected that option :-)

But I did enable roaming for my voice calls, so imagine my annoyance when I came here and the telephone said "No Carrier" (which brought a lot of memories back about the time I played with modems :-). So I called the 3 helpdesk (via Skype, charging me 10 cents per minute (still cheaper than the GSM call :-) and they said I had to change from "Automatic selection" to a manual select of "AT&T" and it all worked.

still some wires which need to be crossed manually for this, but at least I am reachable again!

Next trick is to find out why I'm awake in the middle of the night. Oh yeah, jetlag :-(

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From: Gino Overeem
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Posted on: 2010-08-10 09:41:01
CommentYou'll either have to get a local prepaid SIM for the duration of your stay or restrict yourself to free Wifi.
From: Edwin Groothuis
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Posted on: 2010-08-10 09:41:15
CommentFree Wifi is how I will go I think: the hotel has it, the office has it and the next hotel will have it. Although I have never seen (nor inquired about :-) prepaid 3G options!
From: Eric Gold
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Posted on: 2010-08-10 09:41:29
Commentcheck out
From: Jac Goudsmit
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Posted on: 2010-08-10 09:41:44
CommentMost hotels have free wifi nowadays (if it works that is...). Many places like Vons also have free wifi (though I never tried it). You should be able to buy prepaid 3G SIM cards (AT&T GO) at a Walmart or something I think (never tried that either though). I could give you the location of a Walmart on El Camino Real in Mountain View but I'm sure there's one closer by :-)

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