So you want to travel from Australia halfway around the world to the USA. Of course you want to take your beloved phone with you. However, you know that when you get to the States your phone may or may not work because of your SIM card. If you don’t have an international calling plan with an Australian provider like Telstra, Vodafone, Optus, Virgin, or TravelSim, you will have to purchase a prepaid SIM card that will work in the USA.
Before you leave home, check out the top four prepaid SIM cards the USA has to offer. They include T-Mobil, AT&T, Verizon, and MetroPCS. They’re all very good, but they also have some shortcomings. Because of coverage concerns, you need to know where you will travel before deciding which one will work best for you.
T-Mobil has good coverage except for states such as Oregon, Idaho, and Washington. They will give you a free SIM card and for $30 US, you can get up to 2GB of 4G LTE data.AT&T will give you the coverage you need unless you will travel to Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, or Nevada. From $30 to $65 US, you can purchase plans that will give you all talk and from 0 to unlimited data.
Verizon covers the whole country, so you can travel anywhere with their SIM card. Their plans vary from $40 to $80 US for from 3 to unlimited GB talk and text. MetroPCS, a newer provider, does well through most of the country except for the western states and rural areas. Spend $30 with them and get unlimited talk and text.
On the whole, these carriers offer very reasonably priced plans. Just know where you will travel to make sure you have the coverage you need. Order ahead of time and arrange for delivery to your hotel, or walk into any store that carries these nifty little cards. Then enjoy your trip.