My daughter going to London for 6 months. A friend who is going with
her went to a Best Buy in another state and bought this set up:
A $20 AT&T GoPhone (U2800A)
An H20 SIM Starter Kit with free international calling.
A $50 H20 calling card with free International calling.
She activated the phone by following the instructions at the H20
Website and placed a call to London from the US. There was no AT&T
involvement with the activation. Everything, including the assignment
of the phone number, was done through the H2O site.
My bottom line question is this: Will this setup work once she gets to
London? Will she be able to call within the UK and also back to the
Some more details:
When I went to my local Best Buy and asked about the set up, I was
told that not only won't it work in London, the phone will not even
activate once the H2O SIM card is put in. They said the phone is
locked to AT&T and will display "Inoperable" if any other SIM card is
OK, we know that my Best Buy is wrong because her friend has used the
phone to call London and she did not go through any unlocking process.
She simply followed the instructions at the H2O website to activate
I decided to go to an AT&T store, explain the situation and ask for
their honest opinion. In fact, I went to 2 different AT&T stores and
basically got the same answer:
While neither of the people I talked to were familiar with the H20 SIM
card, this is what they said:
Best Buy probably gave me the "corporate answer" that they are all
trained to give. "It won't work." However, since we know that it
work, because your friend got it to work, then it's very
possible that it works for calling from the US since the phone will
connect with the AT&T GSM network in the states. Once you go overseas,
the phone itself - regardless of what SIM card is in it - won't
connect to the network and therefore will not work outside of the US.
They both said that they can't say for sure that it won't work because
they are unfamiliar with the H2O SIM card, but they suspect that it
Can anyone tell me definitively whether or not it will work in London?
P.S. H2O Customer Service is closed today but I plan to call them in
the morning and see what they say.