Tourist needing advice


    Hi lovely people, we are travelling to USA in may, plan to get the sim $55 prepay sim which gives us 10gb data and I want to make sure we are doing it right. Can you guys help? The plan is to buy the sim cards,activate them to the $55 plan as we leave here to have them ready to use when we get there. We are ignoring the tourist plan as we both go through about 4gb a week here and the data allowance is low/2g on tourist plan. Both phones are HTC,U Play and Desire models , both are unlocked to any network phones. Will this work?

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      • drnewcomb2

        Re: Tourist needing advice

        Here are the specs I can find for the HTC U Play:


        2G bands    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2

        3G bands    HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

        4G bands    LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 40(2300)


        It is compatible with T-Mobile on 2G GSM-1900. In some areas, 2G has been depreciated to an almost unusable status, running only a couple of channels in the guard-bands of LTE band-2.

        3G: Compatible in many areas on band-2 (1900) but in some areas band 4 is required for 3G service.

        4G: T-Mobile has some band-4 LTE around Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Otherwise, your phone has no 4G compatibility with T-Mobile.


        T-Mobile is rapidly becoming an effectively LTE-only carrier running on bands 2, 4, 5*, 12 & 71.  *Only in Myrtle Beach.


        My general observation is that, if you plan to use that model phone, you'd be better off with a SIM that uses AT&T's service, like Cricket or StraightTalk. AT&T has dropped all 2G and runs 3G everywhere on bands 2 & 5 (1900 & 850). Their primary 4G band is 12/17, so you may not get 4G service in some areas but you will in most.