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Local mobile phone plans in Hawaii

Wangaratta...
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Local mobile phone plans in Hawaii

Hi there,

I'm coming to Hawaii for two weeks in late April, and need to purchase a local sim card while I am there.

I'll require one with a data package (about 1gb) so that I can use my laptop to get emails, etc.

Can somebody suggest the best way to do this? Can I purchase a sim card when I arrive in Honolulu (ideally at the airport) so that I don't have to use my Australian sim card?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks

Peter

adelaide
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1. Re: Local mobile phone plans in Hawaii

I would be interested as well. we had planned to do that last trip, but didn't really have time to find somewhere (we were on a cruise) We were told Radio Shack etc. Dont know if they have pre paid at all. I think you can buy a disposable? mobile fairly cheaply though.

Make sure you turn off global roaming if you have a smart phone. Still can connect to free wifi in maccas etc.

Cheers

Sydney Australia
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2. Re: Local mobile phone plans in Hawaii

Have a look at the T-Mobile website. You can buy a sim at one of their local stores for about $10. Load it up with $20 and then take the $3 or $2 per day plan which give you data, SMS and local calls. Make sure your own phone isn't locked. I suggest you don't use it to call home as it is expensive.

Maybe you should also arrange an Optus or Telstra calling card before you leave home which enables you to call home on a free 1800 number while travelling and the cost of the calls are billed to your home telephone account.

Wangaratta...
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3. Re: Local mobile phone plans in Hawaii

Thanks for your advice 'Kentstreet'.

I have also found this on the Walmart website which looks like it could be a possibility:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Email-Delivery-Straight-Talk-Unlimited-Text-Talk-and-Web-Access-30-Day-Service-Card/15443344#Product+Reviews

Good advice about turning off global roaming on your smart phone - I've been caught before and it can be very expensive.

Thanks again.

Sydney, Australia
10 posts
4. Re: Local mobile phone plans in Hawaii

With the prepaid cell phones does anyone know if get charged when you receive a local call (not interisland)?

Sydney Australia
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5. Re: Local mobile phone plans in Hawaii

With the T-Mobile cost per call plan (11 cents per minute) you pay for both incomming and outgoing calls. The cost is the same no matter where you call in the US. I think it would be the same for any US provider.

The $3 or $2 per per day plan allow unlimited calls, text and data within the US.

Perth, WA
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6. Re: Local mobile phone plans in Hawaii

we are travelling to hawaii in a few weeks and have both got iphone 5's that are unlocked, we are wanting to get sim cards to put in the phones for the time we are there, we are travelling through honolulu airport to kona, did you guys manage to find anything?

NSW
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7. Re: Local mobile phone plans in Hawaii

My previous research from this forum has been to buy sim cards AT&T in Sears Ala Moana or dakine cellular.

They will cost $15 for sim card + $30 for 3 GB monthly plan but you must remember to cancel before the month is up so no ongoing charges apply. Someone may comment if this info is outdated.

Sydney, Australia
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8. Re: Local mobile phone plans in Hawaii

Best bet is to get a SIM card on eBay and then buy credit before you go. Net10 sim seems to be the best and they have unlimited plans for around $40 per month.

I have a few links for all the sites and will repost when I get back.

I just got my SIM cards from eNay for about $2 and will load them up soon. You can buy voucher codes at an online side so there is no need for a USA based credit card.

Sydney, Australia
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9. Re: Local mobile phone plans in Hawaii

Hi All

Following on from my previous post, below are the link to get a sim card via eBay as well as the sites to buy credit.

The network itself is called Net10. They are like a Virgin or Amaysim in Australia that basically just resell service from the big providers. They do it a little differently as they use more than 1 provider so you end up with better overall service- http://www.net10wireless.com/

First stap is to get a sim card. Do this via tones of the people on eBay. This is one that I got- http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/310533454096

Then check out the plans on Net10s site- http://www.net10wireless.com/#/plans/monthly

As most networks won't take a credit card or address from outside the USA, you need to buy credit on a calling card (basically ike a gift voucher for the service) from http://www.callingmart.com/. Just select the mobile operator then the plan and you can pay via PayPal.

You will end up with a voucher code that you then use when you register/activate your sim card on Net10- https:/…

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