Mobile phone use in USA

11 Jun 2013 Aimee asked


Hi peeps,
I am doing California Highlights and LA Explorer in August and I want to take my smart phone. I have saved a lot of websites to it that I want to use while I'm over there and want to use the camera on the phone too.
Can anyone tell me if I can get a SIM card in the USA that will work in my phone (the phone is not locked to a network)? I have done a bit of research and most things I've read online say to purchase a "throw away" phone, a cheapie with a preloaded SIM (or possibly on the CDMA network). This is not ideal for what I want to use the phone for.
Can anyone tell me if it's possible to get a prepaid SIM card for my phone whilst in the USA?
Thanks :)

  • 11 Jun 2013 Justine said


    what date are you doing cali highlights??
    I’m wanting to know the answer to this question too haha

  • 11 Jun 2013 Aimee said


    Starting August 6th. You?

  • 11 Jun 2013 Alicia said


    I was in STA travel last week and seen a brochure on “roamingsim” that says it saves you up to 90% of roaming ??

    • one sim for 200+ countries
    • affordable data for Facebook, Skype and twitter
    • make and receive calls, send sms’s
    • use with mobile phone, iPhone, tablet device or laptop
    • local Australian number for family, friends and colleagues to call
    • microsim option for iPad/iPhone

    Starter pack is $49.95
    - SIM
    - $10 voice/data credit
    - Local Australian number provided (free for 1st month)
    - Quick start guide

    Not sure how good it is, or value .. But sounds like what your after

    Good topic though :-)

  • 12 Jun 2013 Aimee said


    Thanks :)

  • 15 Jul 2013 Danwoof said


    contiki give you one with your pack

  • 11 Aug 2013 Travis said


    Last time we were in the US we went into T-mobile and you can buy a sim card for a month with unlimited data and calls. It was around $50 I think. It was very handy. If you are staying longer than a month, then you can add another month. It was a little while ago that we done this, so don’t quote me on it. hehehe, but I’m pretty sure that is what it was.



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