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Good For International Visitors - Ready SIM's Disposable Self Activating SIM with a Built-in Plan

Ready SIM is a newish (launched late last year) T-Mobile MVNO that offers a unique product which looks like a good option for international visitors to the US or anyone who needs a temporary, disposable phone number.

Ready SIM calls its product a self activating SIM. Here's how it works. You buy a SIM from Ready SIM's Amazon storefront which offers worldwide shipping for about $10. US shipping is free. Activate your SIM when you arrive in the US by texting a US postal code to short code 7580 to get a phone number local to that zip code. If you don't text a postal code within 8 minutes of turning the phone on the SIM will activate itself automatically with a Chicago number (area code 773). Regardless of of the activation postal code the Ready SIM can be used anywhere in the US that T-Mobile provides service (map) with no additional roaming or long distance charges.

Each SIM comes with a plan good for a fixed length of time ranging from 3 to 30 days. All plans come with unlimited domestic voice minutes and unlimited domestic and international text messaging. Plans with data are also available.

Ready SIMs are available in the following denominations

3 Day Unlimited Talk + Text 7 Day Unlimited Talk + Text 7 Day Unlimited Talk + Text + 500 MB Data 14 Day Unlimited Talk + Text 14 Day Unlimited Talk + Text + 1 GB Data 30 Day Unlimited Talk + Text 30 Day Unlimited Talk + Text + 2 GB Data
$15 $20 $25 $25 $35 $40 $60

Ready SIM uses T-Mobile's US network which uses the 1900 Mhz band for voice, messaging and 2G and Edge data. Until recently T-Mobile has used the 1700 AWS band for 3G/4G UTMS/HPSA/HPSA+. Very few non-US phones support the AWS band. In 2012, T-Mobile began deploying HSPA+ on the 1900 Mhz band that most non-US phones do support. The 1900 Mhz overlay now covers most major metropolitan areas.  Unlike most US operators Ready SIM allows tethering.

Unactivated Ready SIMs are good for approximately two years. Ready SIMs are refillable but only at participating wireless kiosks which Ready SIM says are available throughout the US. But I've never seen a Ready SIM kiosk and the company doesn't provide a list of them. In addition, the SIM must be refilled within 72 hours after its plan expires. After 72 hours the SIM is permanently deactivated.

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  1. Sounds like it will be very popular with criminals for their burner phones or stolen phones.

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    1. Perhaps, but buying prepaid phones and top up cards using cash at convenience stores and supermarkets seems less traceable and more convenient for criminals.

      I don't see how it helps with phones that are reported stolen as they will be blocked at the network level by T-Mobile.

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    2. In light of all that is going on with the government and spying, I really like the idea of Ready SIM because it affords "some" protection and anonymity. Any technology has the opportunity to be used for legal or illegal purposes and pursuits. Cars are stolen everyday for the purpose of committing crimes and then abandoned. Do we outlaw cars? No.

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  2. The huge flaw in this product is the need to top up only at a participating wireless kiosk.

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    1. That's not a problem for short term US visitors who seem to be the target market for Ready SIM.

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  3. T-Mobile is still using the 1700 AWS band for 3G/4G, it has a much wider and consistent coverage than the 1.9Ghz, especially now when they started incorporating MetroPCS AWS spectrum into T-Mobile's.

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  4. It will only work for US visitors who don't venture off the beaten track of major airports and cities, but I suppose those are the same places where T-Mobile is viable.

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  5. my guess is perhaps to expect to find those kiosks at airports and hotels if Ready Sim is indeed only targeting international travelers and tourists who are visiting the USA. but that picture looks like it's at the metro also. so include train stations and subway stations also to have kiosks. but my guess is that the folks behind Ready Sim are busy trying to negotiate placement of their kiosks in such places and that's going to take time.

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    1. Ready SIM ships internationally. The SIM comes with up to 30 days unlimited service. Unless the visitor stays in the US over 30 days no top ups or kiosks are necessary.

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    2. it may turn out to be a chicken-and-egg situation as to whether a kiosk should be available or not because there will be visitors who will come to the USA with their phones and then realize they need a sim card. a lot of people are just plain dumb in that way with not planning ahead and then being all confused as to where to get a sim card. can tell you that with my family overseas who fly back and forth and it never fails they always ask where to get a sim card for their phones when they get over here for their yearly visits. talking about older relatives who don't do this internet thing where you can order sim cards beforehand. lol

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    3. I have relatives who like to stay back in the home country but come here as medical tourists to see their doctors over here in the United States. Their stays tend to be up to three or four months. A kiosk may be beneficial for them. But my guess for one place to find these cards is to instead see these sim cards and refill cards to be found in standalone racks with all of the prepaid phone cards at asian supermarkets. This is more of a got-to-have-it impulse buy because people that I know are always buying phone cards over the counter, not online via web, and this goes along with that sort of habit. Not everyone orders online before taking their trip. They just bring lots of money and expect to go some place to pick it up when they get to the U.S.

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  6. Very good markup for dealers via one Ready SIM Master on the East coast.
    http://www.perfectmobileusa.com/ready-sim/

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  7. In most of the world you can purchase local-use sim cards in every convenience store everywhere, and since everyone uses the same GSM system the cards work in everyone's phones. Foreign visitors may not realize how different it is in the USA.

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    1. Boy, am I sorry I bought this product. Easy ordering, ontime delivery, adequate service. BUT - the simplest of services - Topping Up - achieves a new record for poor service and planning. Because I may be delayed in leaving for home due to weather, I wanted to buy a few more days of coverage. "Kiosks" ostensibly exist but where? No one knows. According to the company service agent, he is not "exactly sure where they are. The Third Party provider of topping up service does not provide a list." therefore, "not "exactly sure" = we have no idea. Can you contact the third party company? Nope. If you are travelling to the US, Go into a TMobile or AT&T store and buy a SIM. Will never use Ready SIM again.

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