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Offline Moscowjohn

Boston to LA . August to October 2018 . SIM card?....
« on: January 23, 2018, 06:55:48 am »
My ride is now taking shape... I've booked my flights and have 89 days to to LA from Boston via Nashville..... taking in some places along the way that were significant to Johnny Cash....
I'll be wanting a SIM card for three months with a decent data allowance to keep my blog going and be able to get in contact with warm showers hosts, google maps etc.....
Any recommendations for a SIM deal for Johnny Foreigner visiting the USA please?...

Offline John Nettles

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Re: Boston to LA . August to October 2018 . SIM card?....
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2018, 08:19:22 am »
I would suggest Verizon.  It has the best rural coverage by far.  ATT is strong in vast majority of metro areas.  Sprint/T-Mobile are definitely not very good in the rural areas.  Best, John

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Boston to LA . August to October 2018 . SIM card?....
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2018, 09:06:16 am »
I second everything John said.  Verizon has good coverage in rural areas, with surprisingly few holes.

One youngster of my acquaintance refers to T-Mobile as "T-Maybe."  In town.

Offline Moscowjohn

Re: Boston to LA . August to October 2018 . SIM card?....
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2018, 09:08:08 am »
Thanks for that.... I guess i just buy one in Walmart on my arrival?.....

Offline John Nettles

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Re: Boston to LA . August to October 2018 . SIM card?....
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2018, 09:27:46 am »
I don't think so (not positive).  Most Walmarts sell T-Mobile/Sprint coverage, at least here in Oklahoma.  However, you "should" be able to go to a Verizon store and get a month to month deal.  However, USA cell phone companies change their plans/offers about as often as the sun sets so take this with a heavy grain of salt.

Best, John

Offline jamawani

Re: Boston to LA . August to October 2018 . SIM card?....
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2018, 11:03:14 am »
You will encounter stiff headwinds, heat, and grit between your teeth in the Southwest.
Santa Ana winds are nothing to sneeze at - especially in the Mojave Desert.
Be prepared.
Have a safe trip.

Offline Moscowjohn

Re: Boston to LA . August to October 2018 . SIM card?....
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2018, 11:34:25 am »
You will encounter stiff headwinds, heat, and grit between your teeth in the Southwest.
Santa Ana winds are nothing to sneeze at - especially in the Mojave Desert.
Be prepared.
Have a safe trip.

What route would you suggest to LA once I'm past Memphis?....

Offline jamawani

Re: Boston to LA . August to October 2018 . SIM card?....
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2018, 03:49:30 pm »
You have lots of time -
Do you want to see Folsom Prison? Near Sacramento.
If so, then you could take the Western Express from Pueblo, Colorado -
Then head down the California coast - which is lovely.

May be a bit chilly in late Sept in the Rockies.
A bit chilly crossing the Sierras in mid Oct.
But very doable.

Offline jamawani

Re: Boston to LA . August to October 2018 . SIM card?....
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2018, 12:26:27 pm »
PS - There is extreme drought from Oklahoma  thru the Texas panhandle into New Mexico and Arizona.
There may be Dust Bowl conditions by late summer/fall - certainly it is looking to be parched.

http://storyoftheweek.loa.org/2015/06/letter-from-dust-bowl.html

Offline Pavel

Re: Boston to LA . August to October 2018 . SIM card?....
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2018, 06:57:12 am »
My ride is now taking shape... I've booked my flights and have 89 days to to LA from Boston via Nashville..... taking in some places along the way that were significant to Johnny Cash....
I'll be wanting a SIM card for three months with a decent data allowance to keep my blog going and be able to get in contact with warm showers hosts, google maps etc.....
Any recommendations for a SIM deal for Johnny Foreigner visiting the USA please?...

You likely know about your phone, but just in case I will mention that there are two technologies, CDMA, which Verizon uses and GSM which all the other US based companies use. I'm not certain, but I believe that most European countries use GSM, so your phone, unless it is a recent model designed to handle both (such as an unlocked iPhone 6 or more recent) you may not have a choice.

Right now I use att after switching from Verizon a few years back.  I agree with what has been said, I think that Verizon has a bit of an advantage over ATT in rural areas.  I did find however that in the mountains of North Carolina, and Tennessee that a lot of small town have their own regional carriers and they seem to be the only ones that are reliable. But that was several years ago, perhaps it's gotten better.  None the less I always look for one restaurant meal a day somewhere where they advertise WiFi, so I can be certain of a signal and connect a while with the world. That's been the most reliable thing for me.

There is always the option of a pre paid US phone.

Offline HobbesOnTour

Re: Boston to LA . August to October 2018 . SIM card?....
« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2019, 04:33:35 am »
My ride is now taking shape... I've booked my flights and have 89 days to to LA from Boston via Nashville..... taking in some places along the way that were significant to Johnny Cash....
I'll be wanting a SIM card for three months with a decent data allowance to keep my blog going and be able to get in contact with warm showers hosts, google maps etc.....
Any recommendations for a SIM deal for Johnny Foreigner visiting the USA please?...

Hi John, wondering if you have any feedback on your choice(s). I'll be in a similar situation to you shortly.

Many thanks

Offline Moscowjohn

Re: Boston to LA . August to October 2018 . SIM card?....
« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2019, 06:09:39 am »
Yes. Regarding SIM card?

Offline HobbesOnTour

Re: Boston to LA . August to October 2018 . SIM card?....
« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2019, 06:15:21 am »
Yes please!
I'll be in some of the similar areas you were planning on travelling.
Thank you

Offline Moscowjohn

Re: Boston to LA . August to October 2018 . SIM card?....
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2019, 06:19:46 am »
In the end I bought a data SIM card in the UK. I bought it on eBay. It was on the three network advertised as a data sim. It cost me about £30 for 12 gb. It can be used in the USA. I found I had 3G or 4g nearly all the time except in Death Valley and Yosemite. I stuck it in an unlocked iPhone 6. It’s just for data so when I wanted to make calls, I did that with Skype. There were some complications with WhatsApp as that requires a mobile phone number but occasionally I would use my regular sim to pick up texts. Also the recipient of a Skype call might not pick up as the number looks dodgy. Otherwise brilliant. Mobile plans are f*****g expensive in the USA.

Offline HobbesOnTour

Re: Boston to LA . August to October 2018 . SIM card?....
« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2019, 06:21:57 am »
That's great!
thanks for that info!