I found this post from 2019 while I was looking for advice on how I can stay online in the US while I’m travelling there next month
It has been 5 years since I last visited and I recall how difficult or complicated it can be to get online. This time, I’ll be staying in one city (New York). I’ll be travelling with family, so I’d like to get a hotspot that we can all share while we are out and about.
If you can wait until you get out of airport and have a car, the nearest WalMart and even Target, I believe, have all sorts of SIM cards ready to use for 1 month or longer. Usually around $25-35 a month for unlimited. Being in NYC, your signals should be fine.
Maybe even look at their online websites if you do have e-SIM. May have them.
EDIT: The WalMarts that have them are called supercenters or something. The WalMart grocery stores won’t carry them. In airport just google map “WalMart supercenter” to find nearest one outside.
Visited America this past winter and used T-Mobile… I think unlimited was about ~$60/month USD. Just topped up at the end of every month and was fine. Travelled to three different states in total and was pretty satisfied with the service.
Next time I visit, will definitely order a T-Mobile sim before hand.
Just expect to spread em because it’s not cheap. Depends on if you’re staying continental, if so any discount sim is good enough these days. If you’re going to Alaska for Hawaii, you’ll need a certain carrier. Plan on not using much data or paying minimum 50-60 USD for a few gb of data. Such a ripoff, I forgot how bad it was until I went back to visit last year.
Possibly stupid question about these alternate SIM card options: what happens for all the apps on your phone that are tied to your phone number, or things like messages or credit card alerts? Do you still get those?
A lot of stuff on my phone is connected to my Apple ID. But a lot is connected to my phone number. And figuring out which is which would take a while.
If you use Taiwan Mobile, you can set up unlimited roaming on Rogers for $179/day.
It’s far cheaper and flexible than anything the big three offer. It’s not throttled. It’s marginally more expensive than WIND’s most expensive unlimited package which is soft capped at 20 GB or something before it throttles.