Chrisk wrote:I am in the US, planning to come to Taiwan for a few months. The problem is that I have an iPhone with AT&T, and they do not like to unlock them while under contract. In fact, I don't think there is anything I can do about it.
So my options now are to either buy a phone in Taiwan or buy one here and bring it with me to Taiwan. I'm debating the two currently.
I have a friend in the US who is from China. He uses Skype on his iPhone to talk to his family back home. He never has any problems with it. I'm not sure about the cost, but considering how much he uses it, I doubt it can be very much. It is the best option I think.. But he uses AT&T converge to talk to people in the US, not skype.
If I buy a used cheap smartphone before I leave, I would still have to pay for new sim card in Taiwan, right?
I'm wondering if this is cheaper than buying the phone outright in Taiwan....
How long are you staying?
Will you have internet service in your home? If you do have internet service in your home from China Telcom, for instance, you can pay an additional 80NT a month to have access to all their hot spots are located in almost every 7-11, McDonald's and other fast food joins and stores through out the island. If you sign up before December, they will give you six months free.
RIght now I get internet service plus MOD, the telcom's version of cable TV for just 999 a month, two year commitment.
If you don't sign up to an internet provider, you will find that the per minute price for wifi is outrageous. Six NT a minute.
I don't live in Taipei so restaurants with free internet service are few and far between.
For your phone to work, I believe you do need a SIM card. You really should have a local incoming number anyway. You can get prepaid, rechargeable SIMM card at any 7-11. Incoming phone calls are free. Read the FAQ by phones at the start of this forum. There are also threads about unlocking phones here too.