Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have a factory unlocked iPhone 5 bought from my home country. I'll be travelling to the US, and I was wondering if I can get a short 4G data plan (six months) from any carrier in the US?

Last year, I went to the US and T-Mobile specifically couldn't offer me a 1-month 3G for my iPhone 4, only edge speeds, but I read rumors about recent support of these features... Hence my question.

share|improve this question
add comment

2 Answers 2

up vote 3 down vote accepted

T-Mobile's 3G/4G coverage for an iPhone 5 is better than a year ago but still limited so you are rolling the dice. They just released a carrier update for the iPhone that will give an iPhone 5 access to some of their 4G network. But it's still early days and the usefulness will greatly depend on your location.

T-Mobile also offers a pay-as-you go plan where talk and text are charged as used and data can be activated on a day-to-day basis.

StraightTalk is another option for an unlocked iPhone but is only 3G. $45/month for unlimited talk, text, and data. As usual, "unlimited" means "secret limits" that we can arbitrarily use to kick heavy users off.

The big advantage of T-Mobile is that you can walk into a T-Mobile store and get it set-up. AT&T is still officially restricting the use of non-contract iPhones on their network and walking into a store will be a bust, but they don't actively hunt them down so GoPhone is an unofficial option. You have to buy a GoPhone SIM and cut it down to size but it will work. Unofficial and a bit of a PITA but the option exists. You can buy pre-cut cards on Amazon but getting one in a store is a bit trickier.

http://www.dargadgetz.com/how-to-use-iphone-5-on-att-gophoneprepaid-with-4g-data-speeds-payasyougo/

I suspect this gives 4G/HSPA+ and not 4G/LTE.

share|improve this answer
add comment

You can use T-Mobile's "Individual Plan". They offer three options. The first one is 50 USD a month and comes with 500 MB of data. The second one is 60 USD a month and comes with 2 GB of data. The last one is the unlimited one and costs 70 USD per month. Here's the link to their website if you want to check it for yourself.

share|improve this answer
    
Oh, I am used to the crappy telecom websites I see in my country, so I never realized I would find the info there. Thanks a lot! –  Mazyod Apr 5 '13 at 19:42
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.