Buying a US Sim Card

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JimmyB248, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. JimmyB248 macrumors regular

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    Sorry guys, this isn't Mac related, but wondered if you could help. I'm looking to buy a US sim card, I'm living in the UK, but it's for someone out in New York. Is there just a shop (online or not) in the US where a US sim card can be purchased?
     
  2. happy.buddha macrumors member

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    What kind of sim card are you looking for? Check out eBay, I just recently bought a prepaid Cingular card for $6.
     
  3. yippy macrumors 68020

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    Haha! SIM card, what is a SIM card? In the US we use nothing but locked phones on contracts.

    Seriously though, they are hard to find. I believe T-Mobil might be the only people who sell the kind of SIM card you are used to over there.

    Beaten to it, so I looks like Cingular as well.
     
  4. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040

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    I buy lots of phones from japan and use the here in the US, Ebay had t mobile sim 300 minutes like 10.00 shipped
     
  5. JimmyB248 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmm, okay. So T-Mobile might be the best bet. I'll have a look, is it likely to be on their website? Ebay is the other option, but the phone itself has to be unlocked anyway. Do you think it would be cheaper to just buy a really cheap phone that comes with a sim card? It's only for a month or so.
     
  6. wwooden macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, I had never heard of a SIM card until I went to visit my sister in Paris. I really wish we had that system here. I would be really nice if they implemented it here so we could change phones or carriers easier.
     
  7. happy.buddha macrumors member

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    If you have an unlocked GSM phone that just buy a preloaded or prepaid SIM card from eBay, if you don't have one you could just buy a cheap pay as you go phone when you get here. I bought an unlocked phone and run it with a Cingular sim.
     
  8. devman macrumors 65816

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    I bought a phone from cingular on pay as you go (prepaid). They unlocked the phone/sim for me.
     
  9. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    i have a german gsm phone that is unlocked. i use a t-mobile prepaid card in boston. there are tons of t-mobile shops in various shopping malls where you can buy prepaid contract. unfortunately it costs about $50 sign up fee and includes a crappy phone (unless the conditions have changed). then you pay about 10 cents per minute for calls in the us. you have to pay in advance minimum 20 dollar for ~200 minutes. reload cards are available in many stores for 20, 50 or 100 dollar. it works like a charm in my nokia 6630. i switch cards all the time between europe and us.
     
  10. tkidBOSTON macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe slighty off topic, but what system?
    And haven't heard of SIM cards? Is that just cause you're not familiar with Cingular/ TMobile or because the rest of the world has something else going on that Im not aware of??
     
  11. Deputy-Dawg macrumors member

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    If you buy a SIM card for your unlocked GSM phone you need to be aware that the phone must be a Quad band phone to work properly in the US. Many of the GSM phones sold in Europe and will not work in much of the US.

    Cingular does offer a pay as you go plan with some inexpensive phones that just might be what you need. T-Mobiles coverage in the US is spotty at best.
     
  12. Grakkle macrumors 6502a

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    Buy it from CellularAbroad. They sell SIM cards, prepaid service, and unlocked GSM phones. They're also a T-Mobile dealer.

    Best place for buying SIM cards and service for practically every country with mobile service.
     
  13. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

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    Is your phone quad band or triband (900/1800/1900)? Because Cingular (now AT&T) uses both the 850 MHz and 1900 MHz bands. T-Mobile just uses the 1900 MHz band. Cingular has better coverage, but your phone may not be fully compatible.

    Best thing to do: go to a T-Mobile store or call them up (t-mobile.com) and ask them for a T-Mobile To Go (prepaid) SIM card. I can't remember if there's a small fee or if it's free. Anyway, you can purchase refill cards at over 90,000 locations nationwide, and you can get 30 minutes for only $10.00 or 130 for just $25.00. If you spend over $100 in refills, you'll get at least 15% more minutes and they won't expire for a year. Just some info.

    That's probably your best bet.
     

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