Best mobile option for 4wks in USA?
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Hi all, thanks in advance for any suggestions you can make, I am a bit stumped!
I have a old SIM only contract with O2 paying about £14/month. Yes I know I should look for a better deal but that's for another day. My issue is....I've got to spend c.4 weeks in the US in Feb/Mar looking after my niece. I looked up how much O2 would charge me and it's £4.99/day - ouch. I mainly need to use data for messaging apps but annoyingly for me to log in to work (which I will have to do occasionally to keep an eye on what's happening) the work system texts me a code to use. So I need texts as well. I'm not so bothered about having minutes because the time difference will remove that as a need anyway.
Has anyone got ideas how I could reduce the cost? I don't really want to hand O2 £140 for a few texts & data if I can help it!
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Data reward may be an option.
That's an option - but it is a SIM that is valid for only 3 weeks.
Works out about £1.10 a day. See if this is good for you.
I have also used 3 Data Reward SIM in USA - either PAYG rate or buy a bundle . It's not the fastest, but for whatsapp, reading emails, news, it's more than fine.
Don’t Forget Data Bundles
if you like your data there is a way that you can save even more. As a PAYG customer you can buy a Data Bundle with your credit. This basically gives you a set amount of data for a set price that’s valid for 30 days, and is cheaper than simply buying extra data by the MB. There are three data bundles available:
· £15 gets you 2 GB of data valid for 30 days (which works out to be 0.75p per MB)
· £20 gets you 5 GB of data valid for 30 days (which works out to be 0.40p per MB)
· £25 gets you 10 GB of data valid for 30 days (which works out to be 0.25p per MB)
Do be aware that after the 30 day period any unused data in the package will disappear!
Once the 30 day add on period is over, no need to cancel anything, you just go back to the normal PAYG rates. Nice and easy - also works for tethering, which I use quite often in USA.
You can then use your allowance (up to 12GB data anyway and all calls and text) free in the USA.
Three are withdrawing this benefit in May but you are travelling before this.
data reward, 3,2,1 rates and 200MB a month
see above for addon rates.
regular 10,10,5 rates
Name Duration Price Mins/texts(unlimited)
6GB Data Pack 24 months £10
8GB Data Pack 1 month £10
25GB Data Pack 1 month £15
50GB Data Pack 1 month £20
Unlimited Data Pack 1 month £35
For a month I would look at that first and then anything better,
there are limits on the amount of data you can use on go roam.
think it is 12GB so not a lot of point going over that
Get a data reward anyway they are free and once set up do not need any credit/topup handy back up anyway.
Existing phone sim should be free for incoming
Have you checked your phone will work, also if dual sim that may make things easier if not might need second phone.
MAKE SURE any UK sim us up and running BEFORE you leave.
ultramoble also do 1 month plans