Most of our US customers have been using Truphone prepaid SIM
for years. Truphone prepaid SIM does not have a monthly fee. Over the years we have recommended only Truphone Prepaid SIM for everyone because of their low running cost. This is because their airtime will not expire after 90 days as for other SIM Cards. However, recently we had several reports from out customers that messages from their and to their cards are not delivered. Truphone is resolving such problems on per-customer basis and you may still consider to use Truphone SIM, but it might be frustrating. Contact us if you have any issues with Truphone and we will advise you how to solve them. Below are highlights about their SIM-card.
Truphone offers a free shipping (note, when they ask to select a state, they mean the state for the number of your future SIM card, not for the shipping address). You have to pay $15 for the card (for the plastic, one time) - other SIM Cards don't require such payment. You have to put $15 as you initial airtime which does not expire and can be renewed after 6 month. Each message costs 9 cents from that pre-paid airtime. You can later top up the credit (airtime) on the SIM card online via your Truphone account.
We don't have any specific recommendation for the SIM now (apart from the one mentioned in question #6), but Truphone seems still the best if you are prepared to solve some possible issues with messages deliverability from/to their SIM in the beginning (right after the activation). Otherwise you can select one of the below SIM cards or contact us if you are still confused. See also question #6.
Other options are: H2O
, Black Wireless
, Airvoice Wireless
. These are all Pay-As-You-Go SIM-cards with a minimum plan of about $3 monthly (because you pay $9 or $10 for 90 days). The good difference from Truphone is that there is no initial cost for the SIM card and sometimes cost of each message can be lower (e.g. 5 cents for H2O). Similar Prepaid solution T-Mobile 3-in-1 SIM Starter Kit
- available from T-Mobile or AT&T PREPAID SIM Card Kit
from AT&T. AT&T will ask you about IMEI number of the device during buying process. You can find it on the back label of the device - 15 digits below a barcode. We can tell you that number already after processing your order. If you buy it in a store, ask agent to help you with activation: they assign IMEI number of the unit to the number of your new SIM Cards.
You will need a micro SIM card.