Frequent Flyer? Why You Need a U.S Sim Card

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Frequent travelers to the U.S. may be in for a nasty surprise when their cell phone bill arrives after their return, but there is a way to avoid high bills: get a U.S. sim card.

International travelers to the U.S. will be used to all the extra charges that travelling entails, air fares, parking fees and hotel stay overs. Charges that can add dollars to travel expenses are roaming fees.

What are Roaming Fees?

Roaming is when a cell phone connects to a local cell phone network so that the user’s service isn’t interrupted along their travels. Unfortunately, roaming fees are expensive, and if the person uses their phone frequently, they might even double the cost of their time away. Data usage is one reason for the hyped cost, and a customer can expect to pay around $3 per megabyte and sometimes more. These charges are levied just for viewing a single web page on a phone or other mobile device.

One British honeymooner to the U.S. got a shock after returning home, when, despite purchasing a data bundle, his cell phone company sent him a bill for £1,477. While the company waived the bill, it’s not an uncommon story because many people are unaware just how much using a phone abroad will cost them.

Avoiding Roaming Fees

To avoid getting bitten by roaming charges, there are other options. Getting an international sim card is one option. An international SIM will give coverage in 180 countries, and call rates remain the same. The phone number provided will have the country of origin code, plus the U.S. code first.

U.S. SIM cards like CelluAir are available for a monthly fee and can provide unlimited free calls and texts, depending on the plan. Free data may also be available, so the user won’t have to worry about excessive data charges. It’s straightforward. Just insert the SIM card into a device, making sure it is unlocked.