Aussie using iPad in US and Canada - advice please

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  1. ozgirl

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    Hi,
    will be travelling to the US (one week) and Canada (three weeks) later in the year. I know there are lots of WiFi opportunities but would like to have coverage whilst travelling in car etc.
    From what I have read here it appears that the advice is to buy an AT&T micro sim with a VISA 'gift card' - to get around the whole US visa card thing?
    My second question is should I buy the AT&T International Plan to carry me in to Canada or buy another Canadian micro sim when we get there?
    I am happy to sacrifice a little extra cost if it means we are not spending half of our holiday searching for stores to find sims!:confused:
    Lastly, we will be transiting through LAX (then on to Boston) - anywhere there to buy a micro sim?
    Thanks in advance for any help.
     
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    Not in LAX that I can remember - I picked up a prepaid SIM from a Best Buy after we left the airport. I never had problems paying for anything with my credit cards (issued from Australia).

    Alternatively, when you rent the vehicle, you could ask for them to include a GPS as well.
     
  3. ozgirl

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    Hi, was that a micro sim for iPad that you got in Best Buys? I have heard of others having difficulty activating without an American credit card?
     
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    I am Canadian an when I go to the US, I use a microsim I bought at an AT&T store.
    To pay for the month, I use a Visa gift card, and remember to cancel your plan whil you're still in the AT&T 3G signal, apparently it can't be cancelled once you have left.
    25$ for 2Gig / month
     
  5. ozgirl

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    Thanks Stefx, what do you suggest for my time in Canada?
     
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    I didn't have any problems on my credit card, so maybe that's just me. You can get a microsim at Best Buy, yes.

    If you're going down the Visa gift card route, I've heard that you need to "activate" the card online before it can be used, so just be aware.
     
  7. Stefx

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    You can walk in a Rogers or Bell Mobility store and get a microsim.

    I don't know about foreign credit cards for paying the plan though, as I use my canadian credit card.

    Both have a no commitment 35$/5gig/month plan
     
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    Go with Rogers it's a subsidiary of AT&T.
     
  9. ozgirl

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    Just had a look at the Rogers website, it says " Follow the instructions on your iPad screen to connect your iPad to an internet-connected computer, and then to connect to iTunes to update your iPad with the settings for the Rogers network. "

    I won't be travelling with a laptop (thats the idea of the iPad!) - can/will they do that instore? I had this issue in France but luckily found an Apple store that did it for me.
     
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    I neededa computer to activate my Rogers and Bell Mobility acounts
     

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