Best travel SIM card for USA

By danwarne, January 19 2011

UPDATE: Since we wrote this article, a better SIM card has been released for use in the USA. Read our full story: Multi-country "Tru" mobile network does away with global roaming rates entirely.

 


 

Wondering which global SIM card is cheapest for use in the USA? We recently looked at a range of them, and the clear answer was SimCardGlobal Atlas+44.

In the USA, it is free to receive calls, US$0.57/min (58c) to make calls within the USA, or US$0.47/min (48c) to call back to Australia.

This makes it by far the cheapest SIM card we looked at for use in the USA.

The fact that you can receive calls free of charge is extraordinary, considering Americans using local carriers even have to pay to receive calls there. USA is a costly country for traditional global roaming, too — Optus charges $3.50 per minute to call back to Australia, for example.

SimCardGlobal's Atlas+44 SIM card is sold by a US company, but the SIM cards are from a UK carrier and have a UK +44 phone number, as well as a US mobile number for using the SIM card in the United States.

The upfront SIM card cost is US$73 ($74.14) which includes US$25 ($25.39) worth of calling credit. Postage to Australia is an additional US$17 ($17.27).

One word of warning: the SIM card will expire after 12 months, taking your credit with it, if you don't recharge within the year.

Read our full article: cheapest global travel SIM cards which has other important words of warning and tips, or jump straight to our full review of SimCardGlobal Atlas+44.


UPDATE: Since we wrote this article, a better SIM card has been released for use in the USA. Read our full story: Multi-country "Tru" mobile network does away with global roaming rates entirely.

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