SIM cards in the US

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We have had our iPhones (4) unlocked. We are is the Us and need SIM cards. No one said there are 600 from which to chose. I need an international calling one. Help!
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Sally Flatt Brown

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Posted 4 years ago

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If you're using your phone in the United States, then you need an American SIM card.

My usually recommendation is to get a cheap prepaid SIM from a local gas station or Wal-Mart. Then use a calling card.

What countries are you calling and where are you calling from?
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If you are just doing a US trip, might as well just do the new Koodo roaming package..its fair valued for short stays
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Check out Consumer Cellular if you want full service for an extended period. Koodo-specific hardware is a great fit with their network. You get a generous trial period with full refund if it doesn't work. SIM card is $10, refunded on your first live bill. Reasonable international rates. 4G data will work fine. Calling back to Canada is only 4 cents a minute on top of your plan minutes. If you want/need to use all of the features of any Koodo smartphone, this is the way to go. Customer service is US-based. They also feature a family plan where numerous phones can pool plan minutes at a cost of about $10 per line. Sounds like this will fit you if you will need service for more than a month.

If you only need an emergency phone to call US & limited numbers in Canada, then Tracfone prepaid flip-phone is your best bet. Have had one of these for years. Costs about $85 per year to maintain service (I live along the US/Canada border, but spend the winter down south). Otherwise, about $40 will get you a flip phone with several hundred minutes and 90 days of service. However, customer service is the worst in the industry, hands down.
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you can get really cheap plans in the states, with Boost mobile. Its all prepaid aswell.
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They don't encourage bringing your own phone. Maybe behind that facade, other stuff is possible since they do push iPhone.
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Thanks so much for the info. In a bout of frustration, I bought the Koodo roaming plan. It will do until we return to the US after Christmas. Walmart brace yourself!
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You can deal with Consumer Cellular or Koodo online (both are great), Boost less so.

When you deal with Walmart, you are talking with the local minimum wage guy (if he's even getting it) who's only familiar with what they told him to sell: not the ideal problem solver or special case handler.

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