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Cheap Option for Cell Service in the US for Visitors

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Written by Charlie

A US cell phone carrier has just revealed a new cheap cell phone plan for tourists that visit the US. Check out what you get at a reasonable price!

World-travelers know that the solution for a cheap cell phone plan in most countries involves getting a local SIM card for your unlocked cell phone. It is not the most convenient but it certainly saves you money over using your home carrier’s plan (with the exception of things like T-Mobile’s plans with unlimited international data). Google Fi is my personal favorite for my devices when traveling and it is a great service. But, what about those of you who are visiting from another country to the US? What do you do since US carriers are not that cheap for limited plans? T-Mobile has the answer with a pretty great plan for visitors to the US!

Cheap Cell Phone Plan When in the US

cheap cell phone plan

T-Mobile Link for the Tourist Plan

Announced this week, T-Mobile has a new plan (called the Tourist Plan) that is sure to be helpful for any people that are visiting the US. Here is what the plan includes:

  • Service lasts for 3 weeks
  • Unlimited data (2GB of which is LTE)
  • Unlimited domestic and international texting to over 140 countries
  • 1,000 minutes of domestic talk time in the US

The price for this 3 week plan? It only costs $30. That is much lower than most other plans that visitors will try to find plus it gives you an option instead of using your primary carrier from you home country (and paying high roaming fees). This new plan will role out June 12th and T-Mobile will not be charging for activation (a charge US carriers love putting on new lines) or for the SIM card. It sounds like a great deal!

Visit this T-Mobile page to see the list of frequently asked questions. Basically, you will need an unlocked GSM cell phone and you will need to visit a T-Mobile store upon arrival and ask for the Tourist Plan. Then you are ready to go! Getting a cheap cell phone plan helps you to be able to stay connected on the go – without paying huge fees and it appears T-Mobile has helped our tourists with this new cheap cell phone plan.

Fun Fact: Did you know that T-Mobile’s CEO, John Legere, is an accomplished runner? His marathon PR is 2:53 with many marathons at a sub-3 hour race finish!

HT: Engadget

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Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.