Visiting USA

SIM Cards for Parents Visiting USA


(Last Updated On: October 24, 2018)

Isn’t it great that your parents are visiting you in USA? More and more seniors are planning to spend their hard-earned money on trips abroad. With amazing diversity, wide plains, bubbling springs and dramatic beaches, America is definitely a tourist destination for people of all ages. However, when traveling abroad, especially for senior citizens, it is important to stay connected with loved ones and emergency contacts, especially their offspring in the country.

The good news is that you don’t need to activated roaming on your SIM when you visit the United States. Roaming charges tend to be very high, adding to an already expensive holiday. You can easily get a SIM card for your parents in USA, which can then be fitted into their existing mobile device, enabling them to make important calls and texts at a reasonable cost, says an article in Too Many Adapters. However, there are certain things you should know before buying a SIM card in USA.

Where to Buy a SIM?

Are you worried about searching stores to buy a SIM card in USA? Fortunately, you can buy one at any grocery store, supermarket, kiosk, official retail store, drug store and even at the international airport. You just need to show your passport and an existing and active SIM card when you buy a local SIM. You don’t even need to worry about any documentation, since there is a wide range of no contract, prepaid SIMs available. And, if you want to add credit to your SIM card, you can get vouchers for this easily at supermarkets and grocery stores.

Benefits of Using a Local SIM Card

If your parents are visiting USA, the best option, which offers numerous advantages, is to buy a local SIM. It will not only reduce the amount they need to spend to stay connected, it will also provide good network services. The major four operators in the US, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T, provide good coverage, which is tried and test by both locals and tourists, say an article on Finder. And, the best thing is that you don’t need an in-store contract for using a local network. So, you can stay in touch, send photographs and have uninterrupted video calls with your family back home.

How is the Network?

Using a local network is one of best options, since it will be cheap and provide good network facilities. T-Mobile and AT&T SIMs usually provide good coverage in most cities of the US. However, the network may drop in rural areas and remote deserts. So, buy a SIM according to the places your parents might be visiting. 4G SIMs usually prove to be a better option, both indoors and outdoors. Voice calls are clear and text delivery is reliable. The United States has good network coverage and you can get value for your money with a local SIM.

Data Use

One of the major issues while traveling abroad is data use on mobile phones. Did you know that your smartphone uses internet data without your knowledge? Yes, the average smartphone consumes between 10MB and 20MB per day, without you ever knowing it. And, this can prove to be a lot when your SIM is on roaming. The best way is to know how much data you will needing and purchase a plan accordingly, beforehand. So, whether you are on top of the Empire State Building or sunbathing on the beaches of Miami, staying connected with people back home will be a breeze.

So, get ready to welcome your parents to America and show them the best time, while ensuring that they can share their memories in real time with friends and family.


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