Nowadays, it is more and more important to be connected to the internet when traveling. Whether it’s to get around, to communicate, to find good addresses or to share our trip on social networks. But if we’re not careful, roaming charges can impact our travel budget. Depending on the country and the length of the trip, roaming charges may apply when you leave your home network area and use another provider’s network. Here are my tips for having the Internet in the United States. Why in the United States? Because in addition to being a tourist destination, telecommunications in the United States are very expensive.
Check your current plan before traveling to the United States
The first thing to do before leaving to have Internet in the United States is to check your current mobile plan. Indeed, some French telephone operators offer 3G and 4G connection in the United States at no additional cost. This is particularly the case for Free mobile with the Free 5G plan at €19.99/month. This package includes between others 25 GB in 4G of Internet in more than 70 destinations including the United States. It is this package that we used during our road trip in the American West. On the Orange side, you have to subscribe to the USA/Canada Internet 10go 31d Pass for 29€. At Bouygues, the €20 internet travel pass contains 1 GB of internet valid in 110 countries including the United States. If your current telephone operator does not offer mobile Internet in the United States or you are not convinced, know that there are other solutions to have Internet in the United States. Such as the online purchase of a prepaid SIM card.
Holafly, prepaid SIM cards to have Internet in the United States
Holafly offers prepaid SIM and eSIM cards wherever you travel. With over 140 destinations, you can then have internet roaming charges. Holafly prepaid SIM cards ensure you a 4G connection with the best coverage in the country. In addition, you keep your French number on Whatsapp, while benefiting from free delivery and their assistance in French 24/24 in the event of a problem. In the United States, you will be connected to AT&T / T-Mobile and you will have the choice of 7 prepaid SIM cards to have Internet in the United States :
- 10 days – 6GB: €29
- 15 days – 8GB: €34
- 20 days – 10GB: €39
- 30 days – 12GB: €44
- 20 days and unlimited data: €59
- 30 days and unlimited data: €87
- 60 days and unlimited data: €169
These SIM cards include a phone number that you can use to receive calls (handy for locals trying to reach you or for reservations). Get 5% off with code PLANETE3W.
Finally, Holafly also offers prepaid eSIM cards to have Internet in the United States. These virtual cards in the form of QR code to scan are sent by email immediately It is a very fast option, eco-responsible because no plastic, very easy to use and it allows you to keep your original SIM card for calls .
- 5 days – 3GB: €19
- 7 days – 5GB: €27
- 10 days – 7GB: €34
- 15 days – 12GB: €44
- 20 days – 16GB: €54
- 30 days – 12GB: €67
- 60 days – 25GB: €84
- 90 days – 30GB: €104
Before buying a prepaid eSIM card, make sure your phone is compatible with eSIM cards: eSIM: Which phones are compatible?
Buy a prepaid SIM card directly on site
Another option to have Internet in the United States, buy a SIM card / mobile plan directly in the United States. Obviously, this option is more restrictive because you will have to wait to be there. Lycamobile ($29 for 6GB), T-Mobile ($50 for unlimited mobile internet or $40 for 10GB), Verizon ($40 for 10GB) or even AT&T ($50 for unlimited mobile internet or $30 for 5GB) all offer prepaid SIM cards to have Internet in the United States. You just have to go to the store, or to 7 Eleven, CVS, Walmart or even some international airports to find SIM card machines.
To buy a prepaid SIM card in the United States, you will only need your passport.
Use public WiFi networks to get internet in the United States
Finally, to have Internet in the United States it is possible to use the numerous public WiFi networks (stations, restaurants, hotels, museums, public transport, etc.). Big cities like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, .. even offer public WiFi networks in their city center. Super convenient to have internet while visiting. However, be careful when using a public WiFi network. Admittedly, they are practical and free, but using unsecured public WiFi networks carry some risk. We recommend that you use a firewall and a VPN to protect yourself and above all to be careful about the sites you visit. Avoid connecting to sites where your sensitive personal information is located and do not shop online on public Wi-Fi.
And you, how do you manage to have Internet in the United States during your trip without breaking the bank?