Travel Technology For Our Ireland Trip

I promised to share some tips on sharing SIM cards with multiple devices, plus how I approached activation with my AT&T SIM in the Huawei device.

  • I think it is easiest to activate the SIM on a phone because providers will allow you to activate directly via SMS or similar short code dialing. The AT&T go card I bought didn't have any preloaded cash, so it was a bit more complicated for me. I put it in the phone to start the process, but went online to complete it and fund the 1 month of service.
  • Once activated and working in the phone, I moved the SIM card over to the Huawei device. It recognized the AT&T network, but would not yet connect for data transmission. All I had to do was to browse the admin interface from a computer connected to the Huawei and add a profile for the AT&T SIM. I named the APN "phone" and there was no need for username or password. It worked fine after that, and I was able to switch easily between the two.
  • Will I use just one SIM card in Ireland? I don't know. Even though it is easy to switch back and forth, it may be less of a hassle to buy one SIM card with a low number of talk minutes and no data plan for the phone, and another with a robust data plan for the Huawei. We'll see what the prices are when we land and make the call then.

Here are some handy links to go along with the video above.

Phones and Internet Connectivity

Power and Mobile


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