Re: [CODE4LIB] Availability of data-enabled temporary SIM cards

2011-12-11 Thread KREYCHE, MICHAEL
Nope, I really meant that some unlocked devices will work fine on T-Mobile's 
voice network but T-Mobile is blocking the data service on them. I have one 
such device, the Huawei S7, a 7 Android phone/tablet. When it first came out a 
little over a year ago people were using it on T-Mobile's data network, then 
one day a few months later it just quit working. For a time T-Mobile was also 
blocking data on jailbroken/unlocked iPhones (I have one of those, too), but 
then thought better of it and reversed that policy. I think the same may hold 
true for ATT, but it's prices are outrageous anyway.

I'm not up to date on this topic, I just wanted to warn international visitors 
that swapping out SIM cards may not work as smoothly here as it does, say, in 
Europe where I've had really good experiences. I've pretty much given up on 
ATT and T-Mobile for prepaid data in the US. I was able to get a good deal on 
a Virgin Mobile MiFi hotspot and that's what I use when I'm travelling for more 
than a couple of days and wifi is not readily available. But that's probably 
not a cost-effective solution for short-term international visitors here.

Mike

 -Original Message-
 From: Code for Libraries [mailto:CODE4LIB@LISTSERV.ND.EDU] On Behalf Of
 Cary Gordon
 Sent: Saturday, December 10, 2011 9:07 PM
 To: CODE4LIB@LISTSERV.ND.EDU
 Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Availability of data-enabled temporary SIM
 cards
 
 I think that Some devices they don't sell are blocked from using the
 prepaid data service. would mean that those phones are locked by
 definition.
 
 Cary
 
 On Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 6:31 PM, Kyle Banerjee baner...@uoregon.edu
 wrote:
  On Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 1:50 PM, KREYCHE, MICHAEL mkrey...@kent.edu
 wrote:
 
  I meant phone purchased from T-Mobile. Some devices they don't
 sell are
  blocked from using the prepaid data service.
 
 
  Meaning an unlocked phone can be used for calls but not data? Weird.
 
  You should be able to use data on a properly unlocked phone. If you
  couldn't do that, you'd think that the people who root their phones
 and
  drop in a new ROM wouldn't be able to use service.
 
  I love TMO, but I wouldn't just go for the cheapest service. Check
 the
  frequencies that your phone handles and of the carrier you plan to
 use.
  Edge speeds really suck, particularly if you're tethering, and it's
 worth
  dropping a bit more coin for something that actually works.
 
  kyle
 
 
 
 --
 Cary Gordon
 The Cherry Hill Company
 http://chillco.com


Re: [CODE4LIB] Availability of data-enabled temporary SIM cards

2011-12-10 Thread Cary Gordon
I think that Some devices they don't sell are blocked from using the
prepaid data service. would mean that those phones are locked by
definition.

Cary

On Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 6:31 PM, Kyle Banerjee baner...@uoregon.edu wrote:
 On Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 1:50 PM, KREYCHE, MICHAEL mkrey...@kent.edu wrote:

 I meant phone purchased from T-Mobile. Some devices they don't sell are
 blocked from using the prepaid data service.


 Meaning an unlocked phone can be used for calls but not data? Weird.

 You should be able to use data on a properly unlocked phone. If you
 couldn't do that, you'd think that the people who root their phones and
 drop in a new ROM wouldn't be able to use service.

 I love TMO, but I wouldn't just go for the cheapest service. Check the
 frequencies that your phone handles and of the carrier you plan to use.
 Edge speeds really suck, particularly if you're tethering, and it's worth
 dropping a bit more coin for something that actually works.

 kyle



-- 
Cary Gordon
The Cherry Hill Company
http://chillco.com


Re: [CODE4LIB] Availability of data-enabled temporary SIM cards

2011-12-09 Thread Kyle Banerjee
On Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 1:50 PM, KREYCHE, MICHAEL mkrey...@kent.edu wrote:

 I meant phone purchased from T-Mobile. Some devices they don't sell are
 blocked from using the prepaid data service.


Meaning an unlocked phone can be used for calls but not data? Weird.

You should be able to use data on a properly unlocked phone. If you
couldn't do that, you'd think that the people who root their phones and
drop in a new ROM wouldn't be able to use service.

I love TMO, but I wouldn't just go for the cheapest service. Check the
frequencies that your phone handles and of the carrier you plan to use.
Edge speeds really suck, particularly if you're tethering, and it's worth
dropping a bit more coin for something that actually works.

kyle


Re: [CODE4LIB] Availability of data-enabled temporary SIM cards

2011-12-08 Thread Mark A. Matienzo
On Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 5:45 AM, Kåre Fiedler Christiansen
k...@statsbiblioteket.dk wrote:
 We're a bunch of Danes visiting the Code4Lib conference in Seattle. But the 
 prospect of a full week being offline on my trusted Android phone is scary. 
 And the price of international data roaming is simply scary.

 So I was wondering if any US carriers are selling data-enabled SIM cards, at 
 a price that would be reasonable for a week's usage, and which are also 
 available for visiting tourists?

Yes, several of them do, and for GSM your options are ATT and
T-Mobile. Your best option is probably a prepaid SIM card which is
refillable, but I can't speak to their rates offhand.

Mark


Re: [CODE4LIB] Availability of data-enabled temporary SIM cards

2011-12-08 Thread Dhanushka Samarakoon
This is the best non-contract data plan I have seen so far.
5GB for $30 on T-mobile
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tmobile-30-Wireless-Airtime-Card/15443357

A SIM card should be around $7

On Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 4:45 AM, Kåre Fiedler Christiansen 
k...@statsbiblioteket.dk wrote:

 Hi all,

 Sorry for being semi-off-topic, but obviously you're the right bunch of
 people to know this...

 We're a bunch of Danes visiting the Code4Lib conference in Seattle. But
 the prospect of a full week being offline on my trusted Android phone is
 scary. And the price of international data roaming is simply scary.

 So I was wondering if any US carriers are selling data-enabled SIM cards,
 at a price that would be reasonable for a week's usage, and which are also
 available for visiting tourists?

 Any input welcome. Thanks.

 Best,
   Kåre



Re: [CODE4LIB] Availability of data-enabled temporary SIM cards

2011-12-08 Thread KREYCHE, MICHAEL
Based on past experience with T-Mobile I would check this out before buying it. 
I'm not sure the data will work on a non-T-Mobile phone. And if it does work on 
your own phone you might only get EDGE speed. 

Mike

-Original Message-
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:CODE4LIB@LISTSERV.ND.EDU] On Behalf Of 
Dhanushka Samarakoon
Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2011 10:07 AM
To: CODE4LIB@LISTSERV.ND.EDU
Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Availability of data-enabled temporary SIM cards

This is the best non-contract data plan I have seen so far.
5GB for $30 on T-mobile
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tmobile-30-Wireless-Airtime-Card/15443357

A SIM card should be around $7

On Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 4:45 AM, Kåre Fiedler Christiansen 
k...@statsbiblioteket.dk wrote:

 Hi all,

 Sorry for being semi-off-topic, but obviously you're the right bunch of
 people to know this...

 We're a bunch of Danes visiting the Code4Lib conference in Seattle. But
 the prospect of a full week being offline on my trusted Android phone is
 scary. And the price of international data roaming is simply scary.

 So I was wondering if any US carriers are selling data-enabled SIM cards,
 at a price that would be reasonable for a week's usage, and which are also
 available for visiting tourists?

 Any input welcome. Thanks.

 Best,
   Kåre



Re: [CODE4LIB] Availability of data-enabled temporary SIM cards

2011-12-08 Thread Hogue Melanie
You might try T-Mobile. Explain what you need to do and see what they can 
offer. I use prepaid talk minutes from them and they allow me to pay by the day 
when I need a data conection.
 
Melanie Amy Hogue
Manager of Online Resources  Reports
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library
423-757-5114



From: Code for Libraries on behalf of Kåre Fiedler Christiansen
Sent: Thu 12/8/2011 5:45 AM
To: CODE4LIB@LISTSERV.ND.EDU
Subject: [CODE4LIB] Availability of data-enabled temporary SIM cards



Hi all,

Sorry for being semi-off-topic, but obviously you're the right bunch of people 
to know this...

We're a bunch of Danes visiting the Code4Lib conference in Seattle. But the 
prospect of a full week being offline on my trusted Android phone is scary. And 
the price of international data roaming is simply scary.

So I was wondering if any US carriers are selling data-enabled SIM cards, at a 
price that would be reasonable for a week's usage, and which are also available 
for visiting tourists?

Any input welcome. Thanks.

Best,
  Kåre


Re: [CODE4LIB] Availability of data-enabled temporary SIM cards

2011-12-08 Thread Hogue Melanie
My phone is an unlocked Blackberry and it works with the T-Mobile SIM card 
set up for prepaid service. I do normally use EDGE with wi-fi however - even 
though my BB can use GSM. I'm not sure how I am connecting when I buy the daily 
data pass.
 
If he puts a different SIM card in, wouldn't his phone technically be a 
T-Mobile phone?
 
Melanie Amy Hogue
Manager of Online Resources  Reports
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library
423-757-5114



From: Code for Libraries on behalf of KREYCHE, MICHAEL
Sent: Thu 12/8/2011 11:13 AM
To: CODE4LIB@LISTSERV.ND.EDU
Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Availability of data-enabled temporary SIM cards



Based on past experience with T-Mobile I would check this out before buying it. 
I'm not sure the data will work on a non-T-Mobile phone. And if it does work on 
your own phone you might only get EDGE speed.

Mike

-Original Message-
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:CODE4LIB@LISTSERV.ND.EDU] On Behalf Of 
Dhanushka Samarakoon
Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2011 10:07 AM
To: CODE4LIB@LISTSERV.ND.EDU
Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Availability of data-enabled temporary SIM cards

This is the best non-contract data plan I have seen so far.
5GB for $30 on T-mobile
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tmobile-30-Wireless-Airtime-Card/15443357

A SIM card should be around $7

On Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 4:45 AM, Kåre Fiedler Christiansen 
k...@statsbiblioteket.dk wrote:

 Hi all,

 Sorry for being semi-off-topic, but obviously you're the right bunch of
 people to know this...

 We're a bunch of Danes visiting the Code4Lib conference in Seattle. But
 the prospect of a full week being offline on my trusted Android phone is
 scary. And the price of international data roaming is simply scary.

 So I was wondering if any US carriers are selling data-enabled SIM cards,
 at a price that would be reasonable for a week's usage, and which are also
 available for visiting tourists?

 Any input welcome. Thanks.

 Best,
   Kåre



Re: [CODE4LIB] Availability of data-enabled temporary SIM cards

2011-12-08 Thread KREYCHE, MICHAEL
I meant phone purchased from T-Mobile. Some devices they don't sell are 
blocked from using the prepaid data service.

Mike

-Original Message-
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:CODE4LIB@LISTSERV.ND.EDU] On Behalf Of Hogue 
Melanie
Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2011 1:33 PM
To: CODE4LIB@LISTSERV.ND.EDU
Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Availability of data-enabled temporary SIM cards

My phone is an unlocked Blackberry and it works with the T-Mobile SIM card 
set up for prepaid service. I do normally use EDGE with wi-fi however - even 
though my BB can use GSM. I'm not sure how I am connecting when I buy the daily 
data pass.
 
If he puts a different SIM card in, wouldn't his phone technically be a 
T-Mobile phone?
 
Melanie Amy Hogue
Manager of Online Resources  Reports
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library
423-757-5114



From: Code for Libraries on behalf of KREYCHE, MICHAEL
Sent: Thu 12/8/2011 11:13 AM
To: CODE4LIB@LISTSERV.ND.EDU
Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Availability of data-enabled temporary SIM cards



Based on past experience with T-Mobile I would check this out before buying it. 
I'm not sure the data will work on a non-T-Mobile phone. And if it does work on 
your own phone you might only get EDGE speed.

Mike

-Original Message-
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:CODE4LIB@LISTSERV.ND.EDU] On Behalf Of 
Dhanushka Samarakoon
Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2011 10:07 AM
To: CODE4LIB@LISTSERV.ND.EDU
Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Availability of data-enabled temporary SIM cards

This is the best non-contract data plan I have seen so far.
5GB for $30 on T-mobile
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tmobile-30-Wireless-Airtime-Card/15443357

A SIM card should be around $7

On Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 4:45 AM, Kåre Fiedler Christiansen 
k...@statsbiblioteket.dk wrote:

 Hi all,

 Sorry for being semi-off-topic, but obviously you're the right bunch of
 people to know this...

 We're a bunch of Danes visiting the Code4Lib conference in Seattle. But
 the prospect of a full week being offline on my trusted Android phone is
 scary. And the price of international data roaming is simply scary.

 So I was wondering if any US carriers are selling data-enabled SIM cards,
 at a price that would be reasonable for a week's usage, and which are also
 available for visiting tourists?

 Any input welcome. Thanks.

 Best,
   Kåre