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Old 08-02-2013, 05:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My son has just moved from the UK to Wichita in the USA for 4 years of University.
He took with him his beloved (unlocked) Curve 3g and thought he would simply buy a prepay SIM in the US and continue to use his phone as he has in the UK, especially for BBM and email.

In the UK he has been paying 10 (about $15) per month with T Mobile for all services ... BIS, 400 texts, 1MB data and pay as you use minuets.
In the T Mobile store in Wichita he has been told that it would be a minimum of $50 per month for the same services!

Is this true?

Surly customers in the USA do not have to spend 5 times more than we do in the UK for a fairly basic bundle which includes being able to use BBM (+ data and texts)

Is he looking in the wrong place or asking for the wrong services?
What would you expect to pay in the USA for the privilege of using BBM?

Urgent Please! ...................... thanks for any advice ..................... Simon
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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mrsimcard.com Prepaid Blackberry, USA.
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Thanks but this is only for short stay .... I'm looking for an ongoing deal as he will be in the States for 4 years

What are people typically paying in the USA?
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Default Re: Huge cost of pre-pay BIS in the USA?

On average? About 50/month.

Not sure why you would have him go on 4 years of PAYG, but imo,its not worth it.
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Default Re: Huge cost of pre-pay BIS in the USA?

And quite honestly, he's better off getting an LTE device (Z10 or Q10) from AT&T or Verizon.
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Yeah, better deal on monthly fee and a shiny, new device.
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Sadly as a international student he can't get credit as no SS Number or job!
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Default Re: Huge cost of pre-pay BIS in the USA?

http://ase.tufts.edu/icenter/documen...lPhoneInfo.pdf

Most provs will allow a contract with a $100-$400 deposit that is returned if account is in good standing after a set period of time.

http://www.verizonwireless.com/wcms/...p/prepaid.html If the deposit is not an option
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Or use T-Mobile Jump.
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