USA SIM cards
We have a choice of USA SIM cards, all on prepaid no contract plans.
We have chosen the AT&T SIM as the best overall value for the USA, as the AT&T SIM has slightly better overall coverage in the USA and can be used in Canada/Mexico, and the budget offering of 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.
* Your rural coverage with ZIP SIM (which uses the T-Mobile network) will be almost equal to AT&T if your phone supports LTE band 12. These phones include the Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and S8 and the Apple iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X. Although ZIP SIM use the T-Mobile network, it does not give you access to T-Mobile's partner networks in the USA.
* Tethering (using your phone as a mobile hotspot) is supported by AT&T only if you are on the cheaper 6GB plan. Tethering is not supported on AT&T's 22GB plan.
AT&T generally has better coverage than T-Mobile (which provides coverage for ZIP SIM), 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 Samsung Galaxy phones (the S7, S7 Edge and S8) and newer Apple iPhones (the Apple iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X) 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.
A ZIP SIM card is 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 ZIP SIM your US mobile phone number is sent to you by text message only after inserting the SIM card in your phone upon arrival in the United States.
If you need to make international calls, we recommend using an app such as Facetime, Rebtel, Skype or Viber.
If you need data on an iPad or tablet, then you need the ZIP SIM data-only mobile broadband SIM card.