We are travelling from Australia to the US from 8 Dec > 2 January
I have an unlocked iPhone3 and my partner is travelling with his iPad 2 and iphone4 (locked). I am (hoping) i will also buy an iPad mini but Australia is out of stock at the moment 😦
I would like some advice on the best plan. The unlocked Iphone3 (with the US sim) will be the primary number.
1. Can i call my partner’s iPhone 4 (with Australian number)?
2. Can I use my Iphone3 (with the US sim) to tether with the iPad 2 or iPhone 4 to use the internet? We wouldn’t be doing any major downloads, just surfing the net, using the Maps app, Facebook etc
3. Can we text Australian mobiles?
4. Can we call Australian mobiles and landlines? (not that important)
I think that’s it. There are so many of those unlimited plans, it is hard to know which to choose!
The answer (Simple Mobile)
Simple Mobile will give you unlimited USA talk, unlimited USA/Global text (SMS), and unlimited data. Data speed will be EDGE on the iPhone for the most part. You will sometimes get 3G, but we will promise you EDGE speed on the iPhone. Simple Mobile runs on the T-Mobile network and as such runs 3G on a different frequency from those offered on the iPhone. This is changing and so you might get 3G data as you move around as the network is being refarmed to allow 3G data on iPhones.
Simple Mobile will tether over the slower data, and you can add $10 for international calling. This is the better way to call Australia mobiles and landlines as the rate is super low – 2c/min to landline and 8c/min – mobiles.
1. Yes you can call your partner’s Australian mobile number. I do suggest he unlock his phone and get a USA sim.
2. Yes you can tether with the simple mobile sim. Data might be slower, but yes you can.
3. Yes you can text Australian mobiles – Unlimited!
4. Yes you can call Australian mobiles at 8c/min. Just add a $10 ILD pin, or buy the sim with $10 included for international calling.
Visit mrsimcard.com to learn more.
Note*** – Your iPad is unlocked, and we do offer an iPad sim here. You can use an app like Viber or FaceTime, or Pinger on the iPad to take advantage of talk/text over data.