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SIM Card for USA Purchased in Advance

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SIM Card for USA Purchased in Advance

Postby tango42 » 14 Apr 2016, 11:28

Found this shop where you can purchase phone SIM cards before departing for USA and it will be ready to use when you land. They are an authorized distributor for T-Mobile which is one of the largest phone service providers in USA. Prices are quite reasonable.

An example basic plan: NT$1300 per month unlimited data plus 100 minutes talk.

Name of shop is "Tphone" located at No. 225-1, Section 3, Zhongxiao E Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106,

Note: SIM card takes 3 days to activate so better to purchase at least 3 days in advance of travel and then specify the date that you want it to start.
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Re: SIM Card for USA Purchased in Advance

Postby Icon » 14 Apr 2016, 14:41

Thank you for that information. This should be pinned down or something.

I was wondering whether there was a service like this since we have so many cards on sale here for Japan. Glad to hear there is.
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Re: SIM Card for USA Purchased in Advance

Postby gnaij » 17 Apr 2016, 13:50

I've used ready sim (recently renamed to something else but you can look it up). they'll mail the sim card to your address in Taiwan.
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Re: SIM Card for USA Purchased in Advance

Postby ranlee » 22 Apr 2016, 11:55

Aw man, could've used this info about a month ago before I left for the states.

Nonetheless, good to know and this should definitely be included in one of those pinned posts Hannes!

1300NT is about the price for that plan if you buy from the TMO store in the states.

I'm curious, if it's an official T-mobile SIM card, how could it take 3 days to activate? Or do you mean UP TO 3 days?

In my experience, when I landed in SFO (from TPE), I plugged in the SIM card and called the 800 number on the back. After going through the processes to activate the card, customer service said it would take up to 3 hours to activate, but it only took 5 mins.
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