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How can I buy a T-Mobile prepaid SIM card for my US vacation?

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By itzik2sh, Senior Member on 21st April 2012, 02:01 PM
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Hi everyone

I bought my SGS 4G during my last US vacation.

Coming back to visit (10 days on August), I'd like to buy a prepaid SIM card with unlimited 3G/4G with a local line just for this stay.
I saw s SIM card for 50$ in the T-Mobile site.

How can I do that, if I'm not at the states at the moment?
What alternatives do I have?
I searched the web and couldn't find a clear, easy & cheap solution.
It has to work with my lovely SGS 4G.

Thanks in advance!

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21st April 2012, 04:05 PM |#2  
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Your best bet is most likely gonna be to just get the plan once you arrive in the states. Tmob stores are all over the place so unless your flying into Podunk, Kentucky(no offense to people from the great state of Kentucky) you should be able to find a store within a few miles of the airport. Hope you figure it out and you have a blast in the States.
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Just out of curiosity where will you be? Here in NYC t-mobile stores are everywhere & may be in the airport itself.

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21st April 2012, 04:24 PM |#4  
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Hi guys

Last year in NYC 2 different AT&T stores didn't want to sell me a SIM card as I'm a tourist with no social security number. This year my starting point is Miami.

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I would contact a store close to where you will be staying in Miami. Tell them whats going on and they will probably be more than happy to help you. Also Walmart sells T-mo stuff so they might be able to help you. IIRC you can save a tiny bit buying from walmart.

Another option is use the Straight Talk sim card program. Its five bucks cheaper and the same service. Im not totally sure of the data connection. Im looking into the type of data connection you get. I know Normal straight talk phones have the same coverage as att,verizon and t-mo. Ill update once I can get a straight answer.
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Great, 10x, I'll make some research on the mobile stores around my staying area i.e south beach.

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It would be best to wait until you're in the states. You will have no problem getting a prepaid SIM activated from T-Mobile (I am an Event Rep for them). I'm not sure if they offer it in Florida but if you don't really need many minutesthey offer unlimited 4g (throttled after 5gb) & messaging with 100 minutes for $30. I sell a lot of that plan during conventions here in Denver.

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Talked to a Straight talk rep the byod sims operate 3g service. So if the T-Mo $30 plan doesnt have enough minutes for ya that is a option.
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Hi eb13

That plan sounds like just what I need. Is it limited to a period of time? I found a T-mo store in Miami but it has low ratings.. and probably they won't offer this plan. I'll try contacting them on Monday.
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Hi eb13

That plan sounds like just what I need. Is it limited to a period of time? I found a T-mo store in Miami but it has low ratings.. and probably they won't offer this plan. I'll try contacting them on Monday.
Thanks.

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The t-mo 30 dollar plan is good for 30 days.
This from the t-mo site.
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*First 5GB at up to 4G speeds. New activations only. Available exclusively in-store at Walmart, on Walmart.com, and T-Mobile.com.

I would goto walmart and get it. Normally they are slightly cheaper.
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The t-mo 30 dollar plan is good for 30 days.
This from the t-mo site.

I would goto walmart and get it. Normally they are slightly cheaper.

+1 Walmart and online arethe only points of sale for the $30 plan

Source: used to work cell phones in Walmart, then wireless advocates (staples/Costco) and TMobile

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