[freerunner] data plan USA

Jim Ancona jim at anconafamily.com
Thu Nov 12 00:20:52 CET 2009

AT&T (formerly Cingular) has prepaid voice and data. The details of
the various plans are on their web site at:

They offer two add-on data feature packages:

1 mb for $4.99
100 mb for 19.99

More detail on the feature packages here:

Both of the data plans are good for thirty days and unused data can be
rolled over if you renew before the 30 days are up. With my Freerunner
I can stretch 100 mb over several months, just paying $4.99 every
thirty days to add a megabyte and (more importantly) roll over the
unused data from the 100 mb package.

The other nationwide GSM carrier in the US is T-mobile. AFAIK, they
don't have a pure prepaid data option, although there is some kind of
"walled garden" set of mobile sites that their prepaid customers can
access free.

Howard Forums has a good set of prepaid discussion forums at:

Hope this helps!


On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 3:34 AM, Ed Kapitein <ed at kapitein.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> We will be traveling trough the mid-west of the USA this summer for
> about a month.
> And i am looking for a way to have mobile internet on my freerunner
> while doing so. (freerunner used as a modem for my laptop too)
> What are the experiences with mobile data in that part of the US?
> What is the best provider ? (cingular, t-mobile....)
> What is the cheapest way to do so?
> Can you roam from state to state on one plan, or is there a price per
> state?
> Last time i bought a card like [1], but only for voice calls, and that
> worked well.
> Thanks for the input!
> Kind regards,
> Ed
> [1]
> http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-UNUSED-3G-SIM-CARD-SIM-CARD-for-CINGULAR-ATT-AT-T_W0QQitemZ170374759346QQcmdZViewItemQQptZSIM_Cards?hash=item27ab2083b2
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