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Unlocked phone for use in Ottawa and Atlanta with 2 SIM cards

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It would appear that I'm one of the last persons on the planet to buy a smart phone. I gave up my cell phone in 2005 when I found I wasn't using it and have been glued to a desk with a VOIP phone 12-14 hours a day, 7 days a week writing software ever since.

I will be spending a good deal of time (20%+) in Atlanta this year. I live in Ottawa. I have been advised by my son to buy an unlocked smart phone (I like the Nexus 5 because of its apparently superior photo / video capabilities and price) and then purchase a SIM card + package from Rogers in Ottawa, (I'm already a cable and internet subscriber) and then buy a SIM + package down in Atlanta.

The plan would be to switch the SIM cards when on the plane between Atlanta and Ottawa to avoid excessive roaming charges. My GF (who is the reason I'll be spending more and more time in Atlanta) has a complete home package (cable, internet and mobile phone) from AT&T called U-verse I believe so it may make sense for me to go AT&T or even piggy back on her current package.

My question is as follows:

Can I walk into any AT&T retail outlet in Atlanta with my new unlocked phone, buy a SIM card + package and walk out with a functioning mobile phone or is this something I should do online?

If my GF were to accompany me to the store, would we be able to do the same thing but add the SIM + Package to her existing account? Her phone is locked to AT&T I believe and I have no clue how flexible her package is (she can't say that about me though ... rim shot)

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With respect to your first question, I have done that. I have a Rogers plan where I am, but we purchased a prepaid SIM overseas and used in. Upon return, reinsert the Rogers SIM and move on.

Second question: I am not sure. Since your friend is locked to ATT you really should ask them.

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I bought a gray 5s 32Gig iPhone at the Apple Store (that was a thoroughly modern experience) and then walked into a local Rogers mall outlet and got a basic plan from them.

Next week when I'm in the States, I'll visit a local AT&T outfit and get one of their plans.

I'll probably switch my Rogers to Wind next month as they seem to have much better (generous) plans for unlocked phones.
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Thanks for the update and I was happy to help. Good luck with your new plan.

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