Looking for current advise on how to stay mobile in the US
Asking for advise for which prepaid card or other option to get; while the questions seems specific to me, other international visitors will appreciate your answers as well, especially since the T-Mobile prepaid does block premium SMS = twitter.
I am thrilled to finally be sure to say: Yes, I am going to Vegas and Austin, thanks to Microsoft. (More news on that and my thoughts about that later.) Now, the usual problem arises: Which prepaid to get or which other solution to look at?
As you might know (or not), getting a sim in the US with any kind of data possibility seems impossible without a SSN or getting a 24 month contract. Available prepaid cards don’t do data. Which is bad for a mobile lifestyle where you depend on being connected to the net. My world is connected and does not care about roaming.
What do I want to do
While Mix08 will have a dedicated BlogZone and I expect the wifi there to be working, Sxsw will be a mess. Either way, I would like to be independent in regards to simple things like mobile twitter and mail access, plus calling national and international numbers without getting broke. In a perfect world I have some hundred MB for sending videos from the events direct to online.
What am I looking for
Ideally I would like a prepaid card with data allowance on it, knowing that is not possible I do look for a prepaid which I can manage to keep after the events to have a constant number for the US without needing too much money to top it up or use a number like skype with call forwarding. If there is a chance to get a data sim, please let me know.
Why T-Mobile sadly does not work
Any news if that has changed? So last time I decided “no problem, I will go SMS” and got myself the T-Mobile prepaid because it has the option to top up with 100 dollars and it would be valid a year, so I could keep the number and do not need to spam my friends as soon as I am over there with a new number.
Imagine my chagrin when I had to learn that I neither could send nor receive a twitter sms with that! I can receive SMS for free on my german mobile number …
So, suggestions needed
- Any option for foreigners out there for data?
- Is there a site where I could easily compare the major prepaid cards in regards to conditions to learn about topping up and such?
- Any news on T-Mobile card working with twitter now`?
- Are there cheaper options than skype for forwarding calls?