It always "automatically" charged each month, I always had to cancel my count before coming back into Canada.
Last time I used a Visa gift card was Feb 2011, still worked.
If you use a Visa gift card, it does not do an adress lookup. I just used the hotel address
It does however do a name lookup, so when you register the gift card online, make sure you type your name the same way you'll type it in the AT&T registration.
First time I tried to sign up It failed because I had not registered the gift card online prior to using it.
I've used this process three times in twelve months, when going to the US.
It worked great with no issues too when I put my Bell micro SIM card back in.Originally Posted by Stefx
Just arrived in Frankfurt today. By way of passing, came across a Vodafone store, and the kind sales people there were able to get me up in less than 20 minutes with a pay-as-you-go service. I needed just more than two weeks, but the fellows there said take the two weeks, and here's a coupon with the sim card, which they had a punch to make into a micro, and loaded up the plan onsite, for a week, not self renewing, but able to be selected in the settings panel. Coupon is good for 3 - 1 hour sessions, at any time, so that will carry me for a couple of extra days that I need. I believe the plans are 14.95 Euro for 1 week [1gb], 39.95 Euro for 4 weeks [5gb], and even daily plans. Paid cash, no gift card need, no local address, for credit for 2 weeks, and will be prompted for renewal at end of week. Supposedly seamless, as the banner info says. Will see if that's the case. Posting this from Mannheim at the moment.
So of all the plans mentioned here, this seems to be the easiest to implement, although the salesperson did have to call the Vodafone Hotline for a bit of assistance which only took a few moments.
Very pleased with the service so far.
"...and put in any address info you like." I sort of like this solution, but putting in a fictitious American address...couldn't that be a little dangerous? Our son lives in the US: Could I not use his address and zip code? But the Canadian VISA card I'd use to pay for the AT&T simcard in the States wouldn't fit either his name, address or country. Would using his address maybe lead to problems for one or both of us that we can't anticipate right now? You know, the "unintended consequences" argument?
Why is this so hard? I'd like to do everything the right way without having to invent information or be a bit underhanded in trying to get my iPad (with 3G) up and working properly as we tour the US.