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Old 03-01-2013, 20:27
lucky_ducks
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Hi There

I'm looking for SIM suggestions for one Month in America want to see what my options are for Data/Txt and Calling.

I went in 2011 and bought a SIM in a store for $20 and then needed to top up for $30 meaning I paid 35 for a month of data/txt plus local and international calling.

I need to use my phone when I'm out and about and Calling cards are not an option.

When I went in 2012 I used my regular SIM but with the data off which is obviously designed for European usage.

the only other sim so far I've found is for http://www.truphone.com/en-GB/ which is 20 for the sim.

Any Suggestions are very welcome. Cheers,
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Old 03-01-2013, 20:53
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Everytime I speak to my sister in the US she always moans about how expensive data plans are in the US, I guess its a big country to cover.

Not sure what deal you had last time but had a quick look at AT&T for example and for example you can get a $25 sim prepaid SIM with 250 minutes calls and unlimited text and then add 3GB of data for $30..
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Old 03-01-2013, 20:59
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Thank you I shall take a look at that. Sounds like a possible
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Old 03-01-2013, 21:42
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Hi There

I'm looking for SIM suggestions for one Month in America want to see what my options are for Data/Txt and Calling.

I went in 2011 and bought a SIM in a store for $20 and then needed to top up for $30 meaning I paid 35 for a month of data/txt plus local and international calling.

I need to use my phone when I'm out and about and Calling cards are not an option.

When I went in 2012 I used my regular SIM but with the data off which is obviously designed for European usage.

the only other sim so far I've found is for http://www.truphone.com/en-GB/ which is 20 for the sim.

Any Suggestions are very welcome. Cheers,
The 20 Truphone SIM gives you a tenner of credit to start with. I've used a Truphone SIM in the US and it works well. Data is 20p per MB. If you're just using it for email, maps and a bit of social networking then it works out quite well. I used 20 over a 1 week holiday and I didn't avoid any of my normal daily usage, but I did wait until I was on wifi to do any app updates and that sort of thing.

For me, the thing that's more useful is that you can get the number before you go so you can give it to people at home in case they need to reach you. Otherwise, you have to wait til you get there and then tell everyone when you're there.
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Old 04-01-2013, 18:02
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I'm going to Florida in March and was wondering if anyone had used this service? www.holidayphone.co.uk/USA-prepaid-sim
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Old 04-01-2013, 22:21
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Not used it myself, but someone in the industry whose opinion I would trust used the service for a trip to Spain:

http://www.mobileindustryreview.com/...this-year.html
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:08
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Not used it myself, but someone in the industry whose opinion I would trust used the service for a trip to Spain:

http://www.mobileindustryreview.com/...this-year.html
their sim card is 80 for the base package for which I do agree you get a fair amount but does seem a bit of overkill for most people.
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Old 05-01-2013, 17:21
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their sim card is 80 for the base package for which I do agree you get a fair amount but does seem a bit of overkill for most people.
As I say, if its what you need then Ewan's review seems to say it works as expected. I use a TruSIM abroad in Europe and US and that works for me. I've always got the same phone number when I'm abroad, and the card is set up to auto top up when the credit is used, so I've got constant use when I need it.
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Old 04-09-2013, 00:48
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I used a holidayphone sim card for a 1 month trip to Australia with my kids, so we could keep in touch with their Mum and step-Mum and my business contacts. It didn't work, in horrible ways: I had an emergency situation shortly after arriving in Oz and used most of my call credit. How to top up wasn't obvious (I wasn't anywhere near a place I could buy a topup voucher), so I called the Australian customer services number for help. I was placed in a call queue for 20 minutes at which point my remaining call credit ran out - it turned out not to be a toll-free number. It was 48 hours before I was able to use the phone again, by which time the kids' Mum was going ballistic as last she'd heard we were in trouble, and I wasn't able to get a message through to her. She couldn't get through to me, because the call forwarding feature wasn't working.
I was able to make and receive calls to Aussie numbers, and send/receive texts to Aussie numbers.
I was never able to get text messages through to the important UK numbers, only about 1 in 10 numbers I tried to text actually received the text, and I was charged for the text messages that failed. Nobody ever managed to text me from the UK. Customer services blamed Amaysim (holidayphone's Aussie partners), and Amaysim never replied to my (increasingly heated) emails on the subject. Eventually I told holidayphone that if they couldn't fix the texts I'd write rotten reviews when I got home, and they still didn't take the issue seriously, so here is one of my reviews .
In the end the only service I got from the sim card was calling and texting Australian numbers, and some 3G data. I could have bought an Aussie sim card when I got to Oz for a fraction of the price I paid for this holidayphone deal. I reckon I wasted about 80 on this product.
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