Best SIM card for data and texting travelling in the USA?
May 24, 2014 5:26 AM Subscribe
I will be in the USA for exactly three weeks in July. I've been looking for a SIM card option (for my unlocked Nexus 4), and it seems like most people recommend the T-Mobile $2 or $3 per day unlimited texts/calls/data option. I also saw a deal from Spot-Mobile that looks better: it's $39.99 for a month of unlimited texts/calls/data, with the first 1GB of data at 4G speeds and free $10 credit for international calls. I'm a little wary, though, because I basically can't find any reference in forums to travellers using Spot-Mobile, or any reviews of them. Their coverage map looks fine, though. Also, I can't tell what their data speed will be for me, since my phone doesn't have 4G. Will it default to 3G or 2G for that first 1GB? Has anyone had any experience with Spot-Mobile? Would you recommend this plan?
posted by lollusc to Travel & Transportation around United States (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
It's not clear to me how much of a pain 2G speeds will be (versus 3G). I'll mostly be using it for maps and generally figuring out where I am and where I need to go, looking up restaurants, etc. Will this be annoying on 2G?
As far as I can tell my cheapest option for setting up the SIM card in advance (which I would really prefer to do so we don't have to waste time on arrival trying to find a shop) is something like this Ebay activation kit
at $14 incl shipping for the T-mobile set-up, or $3 including shipping for this Ebay Spot Mobile SIM
. If you recommend the T-mobile option, does anyone know a better Australian source for their starter kit?
In case it's relevant, I'll be in Las Vegas, central LA, Anaheim (Disneyland), and Hawaii (Honolulu).