If you're visiting the United States, welcome! We're excited to have you.
However, if you're looking for a cell phone plan to stay connected while you're visiting, you may be in for a surprise: Our cell phone plans are expensive.
Or at least, many of the more well-known cell phone plans are. It turns out, if you do a little research, you can find affordable plans perfect for a shorter vacation or even a longer stay.
And we'll save you the time of doing the research! Here are our top picks for the best cell phone plans for visiting the United States:
US Mobile is a great option for international travelers visiting the United States. What makes US Mobile great is you can customize a plan to meet your needs. You choose the number of minutes, texts, and megabytes of data you want. This is perfect for customizing your plan for either a short trip or a longer stay.
US Mobile offers "top-ups" too. Top-ups let you purchase additional minutes, texts, or megabytes of data at any time if you run out.
US Mobile will often ship you a SIM card for free. Just ask a chat representative on US Mobile's website. This makes it easy and affordable to sign up for US Mobile for a short period of time.
Mint Mobile is a great option for international students because they sell their plans in 3-, 6-, or 12-month packages. This is perfect for getting services for either half a semester, full semester, or full year. The longer you sign up for Mint Mobile, the better price you'll get. This makes Mint Mobile's plans an excellent value.
Mint Mobile uses the T-Mobile network for coverage. They support visual voicemail, MMS, Wi-Fi calling, VoLTE, and even 5G access on T-Mobile's 5G network.
New customers can get the 3-month 3GB plan for just $15 per month.
eSIM plans are a great way to add a cellular data plan to your phone. eSIM stands for "embedded SIM." It's a SIM card built into your phone. You can activate your eSIM on a compatible plan by scanning a QR code. You don't need to have a physical SIM card shipped to you. Signing up for an eSIM plan is much more convenient than signing up for a regular plan.
One of our favorite eSIM compatible plans is Wing's $20 1GB plan. It includes unlimited talk and text, 1GB of LTE data, and supports VoLTE, Wi-Fi calling, MMS, visual voicemail, and mobile hotspot. This plan uses the AT&T network for coverage.
Wing's eSIM plan is a great option to easily add a data plan without having to go to a store.
Wing's new $55 unlimited plan is one of the best options out there. What makes Wing's plan so great? It's the same plan as T-Mobile Magenta Plus but for 35% less per month.
You get the same 50GB of postpaid priority data, 20GB of LTE hotspot data, access to T-Mobile's 5G network, Wi-Fi calling, VoLTE, visual voicemail, and MMS. Why pay $85 for T-Mobile Magenta Plus when you can get the same plan for $55?
If you need unlimited data while visiting the U.S., we think Wing's plan is a great option.