prepaid sim card with data in the USA?

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  1. Redcap
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    I am planning a trip to the US with my family this summer. I would like to bring my MIFI unit so we can be online during our stay. Does some of the US carriers offer a prepaid sim card with data in the USA?


     
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    In the US, AT&T uses 850/1900MHz UMTS/HSPA band; check out their pre-paid plans here: http://bit.ly/mP9rRm; $25 for 500MB as an add-on to 10c per minute smartphone plan. T-Mobile UMTS/HSPA network uses rare 1700/2100MHz band, and there are few devices (not specifically made for T-Mobile US) that support it. T-Mobile pre-paid data plans are also available: http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/phones/prepaid.aspx, $50 for 3GB of data. You can get a SIM card at AT&T or T-Mobile store, a number of independent dealers, or at an electronics retailer like Best Buy Mobile: http://bit.ly/lJEjnJ.

    Note, that Sprint, Verizon, Cricket, MetroPCS, US Cellular, and a number of MVNOs (Net10, Boost, Virgin Mobile, TracFone, StraightTalk, etc.) use CDMA network, and won't work with a European phone or broadband device.

    If you have a Novatel MiFi 2352 (commonly sold in Norway), you will only be able to connect at EDGE speeds in the US, so either carrier may work out equally well for you. Novatel 2372 is compatible with AT&T 3G.
     
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    The T-Mobile deal seems like a good plan.
    I wanted to buy the Novatel last year but my carrier Netcom of Norway came with a good deal on the Huawei E5830.
     
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    Huawei E5830 should work at 2.5G EDGE speeds with AT&T or TMO. PM me if you run into trouble. Have fun!
     
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    T-Mobile $3 per day for unlimited talk, text and 200MB of web access looks pretty good for most travelers...

    I've been using a similar AT&T deal at $2 per day, but their data plans are only sold by the month, as far as I can tell, so not as attractive for a week or so visit
     
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