Just insert the USA SIM card into an unlocked Tri-Band or Quad-Band handset and avoid all mobile roaming charges, make calls from 6p/min and call the UK from just 12p/min. With our USA SIM card you will also get your new American mobile number before you travel to the US.
Read more about our exclusive USA SIM card. For detailed call, text and data rates, network coverage and general information please use the summary table and tabs below.
The USA SIM will work in the USA, including Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands. The SIMs use a national US network. Please check the coverage before you depart as unfortunately we cannot issue a refund for poor reception. Coverage in the USA is generally very good for populated areas and main interstate highways but can be less reliable in remote and rural areas. The USA SIM will not connect in the UK but will automatically locate a signal in the USA on arrival. Please ensure you are using an unlocked tri-band or quad-band handset. For coverage details please use this link for the network map.
For a list of our most popular questions please see below or visit our online community.
Yes you do need tri-band or quad-band. In the USA, GSM operators use the GSM 850 or 1900 frequency. Therefore you need either a tri-band or a quad-band handset that has GSM 850 or 1900 capability otherwise your mobile handset will not work in the USA. Generally, tri-band handsets (GSM 900/1800/1900) are most suited to Europe with generally good coverage to work across the US. We usually recommend using a quad-band handset if possible (GSM 850/900/1800/1900).The 850/1900 MHz bands are used in the Americas and 900/1800 MHz bands are used in most other parts of the world. Compared to a tri-band phone supporting the 900/1800/1900 bands, a quad-band phone adds support for GSM 850 for full coverage in the Americas.
If you provide contacts with your USA +001 number then local US based callers can call you at a low national rate but ask them to check with their provider for specific costs. Callers based in the UK, or outside of the USA, will pay an international rate to call your USA number. However, we offer a dialthrough service from both mobiles and landlines with prices starting at only 1p/min to call from a BT landline to your USA mobile number. Full details are featured on our website here: http://www.0044.co.uk/usa/cheap-international-calls.htm
Dialing from the USA is straightforward â€“ you simply dial +44 or 011 44 then drop the first zero of the UK number you are calling. The call will connect directly. Texts are sent in the same way as you do in the UK with a UK SIM, but the pre-fix is still required.
Firstly the SIM will only work in an unlocked handset. It connects to a local national US network and therefore you are able to avoid roaming charges that your normal UK network would apply. For full details please refer to the the user guide.
To keep the SIM active you need to use it once every 30 days in the USA. The +1 US number is assigned when you activate the SIM. The service and +1 number will expire 30 days after date of last use. The PAYG credit balance on the USA SIM card will expire 30 days from date of last use. The calls and texts and data bundles will expire 30 days from date of purchase. The SIM service (ICCID) will fully expire 60 days from last use. Post-expiry, the SIM cannot be revived. The USA SIM is ideal for one off US trips or those who travel regularly to the USA and offers lowest rates possible. For annual trips weâ€™d recommend our Global SIM as an option which has longer validity but rates are higher.â€¨
USA, including Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands. The SIMs uses a national US network. Please check the coverage before you depart as unfortunately we cannot issue a refund for poor coverage. Coverage in the USA is generally very good for populated areas and main interstate highways but can be less reliable in remote and rural areas. The USA SIM will not connect in the UK but will automatically locate a signal in the USA on arrival. Please ensure you are using an unlocked tri-band or quad-band handset.
Adding credit is simple. Use your American Express, Mastercard or VISA card to add £20, £30, £50, £100, £150 or £200 to your account via your on-line top up portal.â€¨Top ups can be made in four easy ways;
Select the currency you want to show, and the country you want to call - then click 'Get Rates'...
The USA SIM supports 3G and 4G data and data bundles can be added depending on your data needs. It will automatically connect to 4G, where available, or will revert to 3G. You need to be aware that streaming live video (e.g. FaceTime) or audio (e.g. Spotify or Skype) uses large amounts of data. As an example 100MB of mobile data enables you to:
Download 20 songs, or
• Download 15 mobile apps, or
• Watch 10 minutes of video, or
• Listen to 16 hrs on-line radio, or
• View 1000 web pages, or
• Send 200 emails with attachments
Data bundles are available via the 'top-up now tab' above to add as you require them and are valid for 30 days from date of purchase.
• 3G/4G mobile data bundles - 500MB $29.99 and 1GB $39.99, valid for 30 days from date of purchase. Using these data bundles achieves rates of as little as £0.03/MB in the USA compared to roaming rates in excess of £6.00/MB with some networks.
(Rates and credit top ups are currently only available in $USD but the network plans to introduce Â£GBP top ups and rates in the near future. Currency calculations reflect the prevailing exchange rates.
USA Mobile NumberOur exclusive USA SIM card has the added advantage of having a +1USA mobile number. Not only does this mean that it's cheaper for local US based contacts to call you but you can provide your UK contacts with a dialthrough number so they can call you for only 1p/min from the UK!
DeliveryWe know how important it is to get set-up before you travel. That is why we offer Same Day Dispatch on all orders placed before 1pm (Mon-Fri). UK delivery from £0.99, standard international delivery from £3.99 and from £9.99 for express international delivery.