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    USA AND CANADA PREPAID SIMs - INFO

    All right,
    there has been a lot of discussion lately about prepaid in the USA and Canada, if you have an unlocked GSM phone (with the right frequencies) which prepaid offers can you get, from where, and will it work?
    With the exception of TracFone and Net10 - the following offers will work in an unlocked GSM phone.

    I am not giving you the rates, and pros and cons (other members are free to post in this thread and give you pros and cons). I give you the sites where you can go and look for yourselves, compare, and decice - it is that simple.


    For rate comparison, check out DFlash's post - here

    USA
    NATIONAL
    Company: T-Mobile USA
    Prepaid Program: ToGo
    Website: http://www.t-mobile.com/
    SIM-Only Package: Yes

    Company: at&t
    Prepaid Program: GoPhone
    Website: http://www.cingular.com
    SIM-Only Package: Yes, Not advertized

    Network: Einstein PCS
    Region: Wisconsin
    Partners: ???
    Prepaid Name: Big Talk
    Website: http://www.einsteinpcs.com
    Notes: Regional Carrier; Prepay can be used nationally

    Network: Iowa wireless
    Region: Iowa
    Partners: T-Mobile
    Prepaid Name: MEGAtalk
    Website: http://www.iowawireless.com
    Notes: Regional Carrier; Prepay can be used nationally

    Company: 7-Eleven (MVNO)
    Prepaid Program: SpeakOut
    Website: http://www.7-eleven.com
    SIM-Only Package: No (but you can sell the phone on eBay)

    Company: Circle K (MVNO)
    Prepaid Program: Talk and Go
    Website: http://www.circlek.com
    SIM-Only Package: No, but you can sell the phone on eBay

    Company: Red Pocket Mobile (MVNO)
    Prepaid Program: Red Pocket Mobile
    Website: http://www.redpocketmobile.com/
    SIM-Only Package: Not on the website, but you might be able to get one if you email or call customer service.

    Company: Call Plus (MVNO)
    Prepaid Program: Oxygen
    Website: http://www.ecallplus.com
    SIM-Only Package: Yes

    Company: Call Plus (MVNO)
    Prepaid Program: Locus GSM
    Website: http://www.ecallplus.com
    SIM-Only Package: Yes

    Company: Tu-yo mobile (MVNO)
    Prepaid Program: Tuyo
    Website: http://www.tuyo.com/
    SIM-Only Package: They say they do not, you probably can sweettalk them into it - phones can be sold on eBay if worse comes to worse :-)

    Company: Jolt! Wireless (MVNO)
    Prepaid Program: Jolt!
    Website: http://www.joltwireless.com/
    SIM-Only Package: Yes

    Company: TracFone (MVNO)
    Prepaid Program: TracFone
    Website: http://www.tracfone.com
    SIM-Only Package: NO - YOU NEED A TRACFONE PHONE TO USE THE SIM - IT REQUIRES SPECIAL FIRMWARE

    Company: Net10(MVNO)
    Prepaid Program: Net10
    Website: http://www.net10.com
    SIM-Only Package: NO - YOU NEED A NET10 PHONE TO USE THE SIM - IT REQUIRES SPECIAL FIRMWARE

    Company: Airvoice (MVNO on cingular)
    Prepaid Program: yes
    Website: http://www.airvoicewireless.com/
    SIM-Only Package: Yes (through customer service?)


    REGIONAL
    Network: CellularOne (not dobson)
    Region: Illinois
    Partners: ???
    Prepaid Name: on the go
    Website: http://www.cellular1.net
    Notes: Seems to be separate from the other cellularone

    Network: Cincinnati Bell
    Region: Ohio
    Partners: ???
    Prepaid Name: iWireless
    Website: http://www.i-ontheweb.com/

    Network: Corr Wireless
    Region: Alabama
    Partners: ???
    Prepaid Name: Corr As U Go
    Website : http://www.corrwireless.com/

    Network: Westlink
    Region: Kansas
    Partners: ???
    Prepaid Name: SNAP
    Website: http://www.westlinkcom.com

    Network: Epic PCS
    Region: Kansas
    Partners: ???
    Prepaid Name: Prepaid Plan A, Prepaid BE plan
    Website: http://www.epicpcs.com/


    Network: Viaero Wireless
    Region: Colorado
    Partners: ???
    Prepaid Name: Viaero2Go
    Website: Click here

    Network: Simmetry PCS
    Region: Illinois
    Partners: ???
    Prepaid Name: Phone-in-a-box
    Website: Click here


    Network: Indigo Wireless
    Region: Pennsylvania
    Partners: ???
    Prepaid Name: ???
    Website: http://www.indigowireless.com
    Notes: as of 5/2007 - cannot find their prepaid offers

    Network: Immix
    Region: Pennsylvania
    Partners: ???
    Prepaid Name: Prepaid
    Website: http://www.immix.com
    Notes: As of 5/30/07 - unable to find prepaid on their site


    CANADA
    Company: Rogers
    Prepaid Program: Pay as you go
    Website: http://www.rogers.ca
    SIM-Only Package: Not Advertized - if you ask you might be able to get one

    Company: Fido
    Prepaid Program: Prepaid
    Website: http://www.fido.ca
    SIM-Only Package: Yes

    Company: Petro-Canada Mobility (MVNO)
    Prepaid Program: Petro-Canada Mobility
    Website: http://retail.petro-canada.ca/en/mobility/2303.aspx
    SIM-Only Package: Not advertized - probably can get it.




    Stuff that no longer exists:
    USA: Xtrememobile GSM (defunct)
    USA: Hop-on GSM (defunct)
    USA: First Cellular of souther illinois (defunct/bought by alltel)
    USA: Alaska Wireless (No longer offer prepaid)
    USA: Onelink (defunct)
    USA: Amerilink (website not functioning)
    USA: POP Wireless (no longer offering new activations)
    USA: GTC Wireless - no prepaid
    USA: BeyondWireless GSM (no longer offering new activations)
    USA: XE Mobile (bankrupt)
    USA: Cellular One (Purchased by at&t)
    USA: Cool Prepaid (defunct as of 12/31/2007)
    USA: SunCom (Purchased by T-Mobile)
    USA: Edge Wireless (Purchased by at&t)
    USA: Unicel (Purchased by verizon)
    Canada: SIMPro (defunct)
    Canada: SIMStar (defunct)
    Canada: ZeroGravity (defunct)
    Canada: M-Mobile (defunct)
    Canada: CityFone (no prepaid)
    Canada: Primus (no prepaid)
    Canada: DCI wireless (no prepaid)
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    great list!

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    Nice thread AdmiralAK!

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    Hi Admiral:
    Wonderful thread. Unicel does NOT offer GSM prepay in New England.
    -- none currently---

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    For prepaid GSM, there's also Oxygen Wireless (runs on Cingular)

    I'm testing Oxygen here in North Carolina (remember, no T-mobile here), and Oxygen has great coverage for me, with no signal loss on main highways (not interstates) from central NC up into the northwest mountains (outside of Boone).

    It is relatively cheap - refills $0.11/minute after promos from cheapphonecards.com

    Hate the 30 day expiration, though - hopefully Beyond will offer longer times before expiration.

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    Oxygen is under "call plus" (this company has 4 prepaid offers )

    Vermontcellboy - when did Unicel stop offeting smartpay?
    It's been a while since I looked on their page for info

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    a few of those are WAY outdated. a 5165 for $150!

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    Any prepaid carriers offer unlimited data?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bchawla
    Any prepaid carriers offer unlimited data?
    boost, iden not gsm tho(sti does also)
    only gsm data is cingular at $10.24 per MB

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    I may go for Oxygen for additional line
    then I can fwd main line when it's used as internet
    also, I found ecallplus has nice international LD without additional charge, even to Hong Kong, Ireland, and England
    I also like ecallplus has SIM only package, will use SDA or nokia 6270 with it

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    Did some maintenance to the list and removed some defunct and vaporware products :-)

    Also discovered that Unicel does offer prepaid now

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    cleargsm.com goes to one of those search pages whose results consist entirely of advertising. Looks like it's time to remove them from the list.

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    removed clearGSM

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    by faq on xemobile, SIM package will be here soon
    after examine, still think Oxygen is the best for me, as backup of main line in case it's busy with internet

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    if you call XE you might be able to get a SIM, 877-99-GET-XE

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