PapaAzucar wrote:If you can wait till June-August, iPhone5 should be out by then. If you don't need the latest, the iPhone4s will drop in price when the iPhone5 releases. Just do a search on iPhone5, there are new rumours everyday. I personally am waiting for the iPad3 in March.
At one time, the only reason that you would want an unlocked iPhone in the US is because AT&T was the only provider. An unlocked iPhone lets another carrier provide their service. Now, just about all carriers can provide for the iPhone. Sprint was the only one that I remembered before I left that had true unlimited data plan.
I heard that the Buffalo and NYC have large Taiwanese communities so you can still get taste of Taiwan in NY.
ironlady wrote:There are very few people around here ("here" meaning Upstate NY) who have iPhones without some sort of contractual arrangement with either Verizon or AT&T, the only two carries who currently offer the iPhone. Theoretically, you could probably plug in a TMobile SIM card -- I used to do that with the Palm Treo, and TMobile didn't seem to care.
Yes, however, isn't the contract cost is nearly as much as a bundle of HDTV/internet and cellphone. WTF?The other reason people go with a contract arrangement is that you can get a new model phone every few years for less than it would cost to just buy one ($199 versus something like $800).
That may be better for me though. I honestly don't use the phone all that much.There are probably prepaid data or phone or combo options available, but generally speaking, as in Taiwan, prepaid is more expensive than contract on a per-minute or per-unit basis. Of course that's not considering the phone cost.
I don't know many people in the US who don't have a cell phone bill in the $60-120 range per phone per month these days for iPhones.
I won't be traveling b&f.Theoretically speaking, if I were a person who traveled back and forth to Taiwan on a regular basis, I would probably get an iPhone contract with a carrier that served my needs while I was in the US, and then get the phone unlocked quietly, perhaps at a nice shop near Crossgates Mall that would do it inexpensively and quickly. Then I would pop in a local SIM card when I was in Taiwan. All theoretical, of course.
I don't even know what that means.Getting an iPhone 5 is nice, but the unlocks and jailbreaks will lag behind, if that ends up being important to you.
The iPad SIM angle is actually a very workable approach. My girlfriend and I do exactly this when in the States and it works well.
jdsmith wrote:The iPad SIM angle is actually a very workable approach. My girlfriend and I do exactly this when in the States and it works well.
How long does the chip last you? Are you on it all the time cutting virtual fruit, or you read the index page on the flob through twice and it's gone? But it you're simply checking/sending emails and uploading pics and videos and skyping for 15 minutes every few days, what then? Should last quite long methinks.
Thanks for the patience if these are really dumb questions.
mabagal wrote:I use it as my internet connection when I'm out of the house. For the phone, iPad and laptop. So a lot. 5GB per month is usually enough when in the States, but I turn off some of my Dropbox synching to make sure it stays under when I'm not on a fully unlimited plan.
If you are doing what you are doing, 2GB per month should be enough unless you do a lot of video Skype or upload big photos and videos, in which case you can upgrade to 5GB.
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