Re: [86attendees] "best" prepaid US SIM?

Samuel Weiler <weiler+ietf@watson.org> Sat, 16 March 2013 18:40 UTC

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Subject: Re: [86attendees] "best" prepaid US SIM?
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Arguably one of the better prepaid _services_ in the US is from Ting 
(ting.com).  Decent rates; no-usage minimum is ~$7/mo., and you can 
turn it off when not needed.

But... it's a CDMA service, so you'll need a CDMA device.  In 
particular, you need one of their (or perhaps Sprint's) CDMA devices, 
though they promise that they're working on "bring your own device". 
Assuming that they are allowing random Sprint devices, consider buying 
refurb devices or even a used one off of ebay.

Ting is an MVNO reselling Sprint's network; coverage is fine pretty 
much anywhere you're likely to be.

-- Sam


On Sat, 16 Mar 2013, Eggert, Lars wrote:

> On Mar 16, 2013, at 12:07, Jari Arkko <jari.arkko@piuha.net>
> wrote:
>> I got the T-Mobile prepaid SIM card, can load any number of months in advance and it is 50$/month. I think that came with some small data cap, after reaching the limit you'll go from 4G to 2G. I've been pretty happy with it myself. On this and earlier trips.
>
> Is it $50 even in months you are not in the US?
>
> If yes, how long can you let it idle before it terminates?
>
> I agree that otherwise it seems pretty ideal.
>
> Lars
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