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This post lists some of the best SIM cards and plans that are suitable for travelers to New York City and the US who bring their own phone.
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T-MOBILE TOURIST PLAN
If you are coming to the U.S. for up to 3 weeks, this is a SIM card with great features for a good price.
How to purchase:
To buy this online in advance, you must have a U.S. address which isn’t the case for most tourists. So you will likely have to wait until you arrive in the U.S. to buy the card.
Fortunately, there are many T-Mobile stores everywhere. Find a location by visiting their website.
T-MOBILE SIM CARD
This card can be purchased online. It’s available in 3 increments of time so you can choose a card for the amount of time you will be in the U.S.
How to Purchase:
This card offers cards for every budget and every size SIM card slot.
The card is valid for 3 months, but even if you are not staying here that long, you may find the 3G deal very good.
Prices and how to purchase:
Straight Talk can support most brands of phones, including iPhones and Androids. You can see if your phone is compatible here.
These cards do not require a contract. You choose the amount of high-speed data. Once your data allotment is up, you’ll have unlimited data at slower 2G speeds.
All plans above $30 dollars come with unlimited talk and unlimited text.
Global Service Add-On: $10 extra to be able to call internationally. Check their website for rates to countries.
How to purchase: Online from Straight Talk.
Their plans include International Talk minutes to any of the 80+ countries in their network.
Check out their website to see a full list of countries and any restrictions.
Note: Make sure you check in advance that your phone is supported by this SIM card.
All plans come with:
Plans and Prices (all good for 30 days of use):
How to purchase: Visit their website.