Ready SIM, a T-Mobile MVNO specializing in easy to activate SIMs for international visitors. has re-branded itself as ZIP SIM.
Other than the name change, ZIP SIM works the same as Ready SIM did. Customers buy un-activated SIMs preloaded with a Talk, Text and Data or Data-only plan. 7, 14, 21 and 30 day plans are available. The customer can activate the SIM whenever they need to by texting any US zip-code to the short-code 7850. ZIP SIM will send back a text with the customer's phone number.
In addition to the name change, ZIP SIM says that they are expanding their marketing to reach US residents seeking privacy and the protection of their personal information in addition to international travelers. ZIP SIM believes its product will appeal to "...multinational corporations, military & law enforcement, privacy conscious individuals and people with backup/emergency burner phones."
ZIP SIM Talk, Text and Data plans include unlimited talk, unlimited domestic MMS, unlimited domestic and international texts and an allotment of un-throttled LTE data. The amount of data varies with plan duration and price:
- 7 Days, 500 MB of data $25
- 14 days 1 GB of data $35
- 21 days 1.5 GB of data $45
- 30 days 2 GB of data $55
Tethering and hotspot are supported on all plans.
International calling is available by purchasing a $5, $10 or $20 international add-on. Sample rates per minute for calling mobile numbers include: Canada 1¢, China 1¢, Mexico 5¢. Philippines 16¢, United Kingdom 3¢.
ZIP SIM data-only plans are:
- 14 days, 500 MB of data $15
- 14 days 1 GB of data $25
- 30 days 2 GB of data $40
ZIP SIM is a brand of Otono Networks along with Roam Mobility, AlwaysOnine Wireless and Krew Mobile.
Sources: ZIP SIM, Medium