Member since 10 May 2017
Total posts 4
Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 23 Jul 2014
Total posts 9
We usually use Tmobile as their service is good and price includes a big data allowance. I'd recommend heading to your nearest Best Buy and just asking them. They will also do all the set up for you.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards - Platinum
Member since 18 Jun 2015
Total posts 33
Member since 29 Jul 2017
Total posts 1
Tmobile have $50US pre paid at the moment with 10gb / unlimited call/ text per month. extra $5us to use in canada and mexico. used it earlier this month in canada and the US, didnt miss a beat.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 28 Jan 2014
Total posts 21
If you have the upportunity, locate the nearest AT&T store when you arrive in the USA - $US45 gets you 6GB of data and unlimited calls and texts in the USA, Canada and Mexico for 30 days! No calls back home though! It is a prepaid Sim so no ongoing payment issues!
Member since 05 Jun 2017
look up 't-mobile tourist sim' discovered this before my trip last month- has good features and is cheap
Member since 15 Aug 2014
Total posts 3
Buy on Amazon and get it shipped to your first hotel/port of call. We got a T-Mobile SIM that way, at a substantially reduced rate. Worked perfectly.
American Airlines - AAdvantage
Member since 08 Jul 2017
Total posts 11
Hello, Gateway airports have machines that sell the SIM card- costly and the minutes are expensive too. An excellent option is TracFone- can be bought at electronic stores, convenience stores or even food supermarkets; Walmart/Target have all the options too; cell s/b $20-30USD and minute are not cheap @ .10USD each. OR, if you have an address in the US go to www.HSN.com where you can buy a TracFone with ~1200 min/text/data for ~ $100USD + shipping (no charge activation) which is a bargain, the networks are T-Mobile, AT&T or Verizon (Arieli M.(?)), the 3 biggest networks, ~98% coverage. Your USA contact/friend/business office, etc. can have it shipped prior to your arrival! ...and it'll be waiting for you, choose the phone area code by postal ''zip'' code to get the area code.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 31 Jul 2017
I have purchsed Lycamobile in the USA from a 7 Eleven Petrol station. When in the US googleÂ
Member since 17 Dec 2013
Total posts 20
We used a pre paid sim bought from an australian company prior to leaving.
Member since 04 Apr 2014
Total posts 138
If you're travelling outside cities and major towns avoid T-Mobile. Their real-world cover is not good. Stick with AT&T or Verizon.
Member since 20 Mar 2015
I bought an ultra mobile sim card on ebay. It was very cheap and included calls to Australia if I remember correctly
Member since 11 Feb 2016
AT&T and Verizon will have your best coverage by far. T-Mobile would have more competitive pricing, but coverage and data speeds will be lower. Google Fi is another good option as it's super adorable and utilizes both Sprint and T-Mobile's networks.
Member since 11 Oct 2014
Total posts 334
@aggie57 and brad2k,
sorry, but both your statements regarding T-Mobile coverage and speed are incorrect. I suggest you have a good look at Open Source dot com. This organisation is an independent reviewer, sanctioned by the FCC, and regularly reviews / rates the performance of telcos across the entire continent. Their most recent review of major telcos in the USA firmly indicates that T-Mobile provides the best coverage and speed, followed - in order - by Verizon, ATT and Sprint.
Disclaimer: I am not at all associated with T-Mobile in any way or form, but have used their service successfully for many, many years without problem - and that includes many regional areas in the US where coverage by some carriers is non-existent or minimal.
Member since 20 Dec 2015
Total posts 10
We use the AT&T SIM card, you can purchase a International Long Distance plan for 10$ for 1000 minutes to Aus landlines no mobiles valid for 30 days. This is an available option with the 45$ plan. Well worth it.
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