SIM Cards for the USA
July 4, 2011 4:16 AM Subscribe
Travelling through the East Coast of the USA, I would like to use my unlocked GSM phone (Nexus One) for data. My UK provider (T-Mobile) charges extortionate rates for this service. Can I buy a pay-as-you-go or other low cost SIM card in the USA which would give me cheap(ish) data on the road?
posted by grahamwell to Travel & Transportation around United States (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am not troubled by changing the number - I'll swap SIM cards around if required. I just want to use my phone for data access whilst travelling. My UK SIM will charge me over $10 per meg, which could mount up quickly.
If this were the other way round - it would be simple, all UK operators will sell a SIM card over-the-counter which you top up with the services you want, and pay for what you use. Is there an equivalent in the USA? The dense formatting of operator websites isn't answering my question, except to suggest that it's all very complicated.
I have a residential address in the USA if that helps. I could probably take out a contract, but I'll only be there for three weeks.