Originally Posted by tonton
I'm damn glad I don't live in the States. I have unlimited data on my 3G WiFi router (unlocked) for $25. And In the States we're about to lose another player in the field? No, thanks! Sprint could definitely use this latest change in their argument against the pending duopoly.
Eh, I think you're comparing Apples to oranges. I just got back from Spain for two weeks. I had spend probably 10 hours researching how I was going to get my unlocked iPhone online when I was there. You see, apparently there's one constant in Spain when it comes to prepaid. They HATE giving you data.
The best plan I found was 3GB for a month for $35 from Carrefour. I went to the store and after dealing with a few CS people who were clearly unhappy to be dealing with me, I got my card. An hour later, after spending 45 minutes on the phone with Carrefour's support, they gave me my only option - FAX (FAX!) them a page with my passport, name, address in Spain and the SIM card's info, and within 7 days they would MAIL me a new SIM card that would work.
I consider myself very lucky to have been given a full refund back at the store after that.
Then I went to a Phone House and got the best plan they had - 100MB per day max cap, for 3e per day. The service worked OK, but there was almost ZERO service between the major citys. Not very impressive, considering how much Euros brag about their great cell reception.
None of the other mobile retailers I went to, that's Vodafone, Carrefour of course and Movistar, even SOLD a PAYG SIM that included data, not even a single MB of data.
The plan we really wanted in the Phone House was not from Yoigo, it was a 250MB per day plan from Vodafone. But they didn't have that SIM in the store, the guy said Vodafone stopped sending them those cards a few months ago. And there was another similar card, but it was ONLY for USB modems, not for mobiles.
So keep dreaming about how amazing Europe is compared to the USA when it comes to data for mobiles. My experience shows that all is not so perfect. Coverage outside cities (nil), price (same as the states) and predictability of retailers was very poor.