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USA SIM cards

We have a choice of USA SIM cards, all on prepaid no contract plans. 

The T-Mobile SIM is the best overall value for the USA, the AT&T SIM has slightly better overall coverage in the USA and can be used in Canada/Mexico, and the ZIP SIM is best for short stays. 

If you're unsure which SIM card is best for you, call us on 03 9988 0686 to discuss your options.

 

Which US SIM card should I buy?

The best US SIM card will depend on whereabouts in the USA you are travelling, the type of phone you have, the type of calls you need to make and whether you need to know your US mobile phone number prior to travelling.

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* Your rural coverage with T-Mobile and ZIP SIM will be almost equal to AT&T if your phone supports LTE band 12. These phones include the Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and the Apple iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7 and 7 Plus. Although ZIP SIM use the T-Mobile network, a T-Mobile SIM card will give you better coverage as this SIM also gives you access to partner networks in the USA.

If you're only making a short trip (just a couple of weeks or less) then the ZIP SIM is a good value option. Either an AT&T or T-Mobile SIM card is better value for a longer trip. 

AT&T generally has better coverage than T-Mobile, so you may want to pay the extra for an AT&T SIM card if you are visiting rural areas including national parks. T-Mobile have doubled their coverage area in the past two years, so the difference in coverage is not as great as it once was, however to get this expanded coverage you need a phone that is compatible with LTE band 12 – which means that only people with the Google Pixel or one of the newer Apple iPhones (the Apple iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7 and 7 Plus) can take advantage of the improvements to T-Mobile's network. Even with one of the newer phones coverage in Alaska and many national parks (including Yosemite) is much better with an AT&T SIM in your phone.

T-Mobile and ZIP SIM are both fine if you are only visiting larger towns and cities. 

If you need your US mobile phone number prior to travelling then AT&T is the only option for you. With both T-Mobile and ZIP SIM your US mobile phone number is sent to you by text message after inserting the SIM card in your phone upon arrival in the United States.

If you need to make international calls, the T-Mobile SIM card is the best option as long as you add the international call option. With the international call feature, the T-Mobile SIM card includes unlimited calls to landline phones in 70 countries (including Australia) and also discounted calls to mobile phones outside the USA (calls to Australian mobile phones are 7¢/minute with this option). The AT&T SIM card comes pre-loaded with 250 minutes of calls to Australian landline numbers but calls to Australian mobile phones are still rather expensive at USD $1.07/minute). With both AT&T and T-Mobile you will need to top up additional credit to cover the cost of calls to mobile phones outside the USA.

If you need data on an iPad or tablet, then you need the new ZIP SIM data-only mobile broadband SIM card.