Prepaid Datentarif USA

Da ich das neulich selbst gesucht habe, hier mal als Suchmaschinen-Futter für’s nächste Mal: ich war Ende Januar beruflich in den USA und wollte mit meinem iPhone Datenzugriff haben, zumindest für EMail, Twitter und Google Maps.

Die Suchergebnisse für so etwas sind leider eher durchwachsen… ich kann mich auch noch erinnern daß eine Prepaid-SIM mit Daten nur unter dem Ladentisch oder mit Umstand (Kreditkarte hinterlegen, dann sofort wieder online kündigen um automatisches Nachladen zu verhindern) zu haben war.

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Mobile Data Roaming: “Completely Screw Them, Yes!”

This article confirms what we’ve all been thinking already: the operator’s idea is to get as much money as long as they can get away with it.

This looks like the same strategy that the german government seems to follow with its tax policy, and completely ignores the possibility that turnover may actually go up when prices go down.


3G bliss

Being booked with a customer who won’t allow let external consultants use his internet conection for most of this year I surrendered and ordered the only availble 3G flat rate in germany by E-Plus. At 39,95 Euros a month plus a mandatory voice service (which I won’t be using), the total price of less than 50 Euros is ok for me. The contract can be cancelled every 3 months, so that’s good as well should a better ofering appear.

I got an Option Fusion GT PC Card which I’m using right now, in a ICE train going at over 200 km/h. That’s actually quite cool – it’s the first time that looking at the watch I’m not thinking “how long do I have to stand this before we finally arrive” but “wow, only 50 more minutes to finish my bloglines reading” ;)

I have yet to see the performance of UMTS, so far I’ve only been using GPRS. But that’s more than adequate.

I’ll keep you posted.