How do I get Internet access in the USA?

Carte SIM USA : comment ça marche

Keeping in touch with loved ones, planning your itinerary from day to day or posting photos… there are many reasons to stay connected when traveling! Focus on the USA: how to get online in the USA?

It’s hard to switch off completely when you’re traveling. For a whole host of personal and/or professional reasons, it’s often a good idea to travel while still connected to the Internet. Nevertheless, you can quickly find yourself faced with surprise roaming charges or an overpriced travel package.

To avoid these exorbitant costs, some prefer to opt for a local number or chase Wi-Fi spots. However, these are not the most practical or reliable options.

Today, we offer you two solutions to get Internet in the USA while keeping your French number on WhatsApp to communicate. Prepaid USA SIM cards and eSIM USA: exclusive to Holafly. You’ll be joining a community of over 80,000 satisfied travelers worldwide!

Why use a SIM card in the USA?

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Extending your French plan to the USA or buying a local SIM card worth several gigas is relatively expensive. To alleviate this problem, Holafly offers SIM cards valid in over 60 destinations. Why is this the right solution?

A SIM card in the USA lets you surf the web freely and stay connected to your favorite applications throughout your stay.

SIM cards can also make life easier on the other side of the world! In fact, having Internet access in the USA means you can easily find and plan your activities. You’ll also be able to find your way around thanks to GPS, and have access to all kinds of information. Finally, you’ll be able to make and receive calls and text messages on WhatsApp: the must-have application for travelers.

The prepaid SIM card: travel with peace of mind with Holafly

How does it work?

Carte SIM USA : comment ça marche

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Before purchasing your USA SIM card, make sure your cell phone is compatible with the country’s network (in particular the AT&T network). Rest assured, most cell phones are. If you don’t know how to check, contact the Holafly team on their online chat.

Then choose the SIM of your choice:

  • 10 days – 6 GB: €29
  • 15 days – 8 GB: €34
  • 20 days – 10GB: €39
  • 30 days – 12GB: €44

Great news! Thanks to the GENERATIONVOYAGE promo code, you’ll get an immediate discount on the purchase of your Holafly prepaid SIM card.

Then choose your delivery method. Delivery is free for delivery between 7 and 10 working days, or €4.50 for fast delivery within 48 to 72 hours (working days). In this case, you must be present to receive your order.

Finally, set the date from which you would like to have Internet access in the USA (you must communicate the activation date at least 72 hours in advance).

When you arrive in the U.S., simply follow the instructions provided with your SIM card and activate roaming abroad!

Good to know:
  • The SIM card does not include international calls and SMS (you can receive international calls for free, but not make them). To communicate via messages or make calls, you need to use WhatsApp messaging;
  • As soon as you have used up all your data or the number of days has elapsed, your USA Holafly SIM card will stop working. If you need more, you’ll have to make a new purchase. The best way to do this is to opt for a digital eSIM that works with a QR Code (details below);
  • With the USA SIM card, you can’t share your mobile connection with other devices. If you’re interested in this service, you’ll need to opt for the North America SIM.

The advantages of prepaid SIM cards

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First of all, the prepaid SIM card is easy to use, and the instructions are very intuitive. Just land, insert the card, activate roaming abroad and you’re ready to go!

In your package, you will receive three USA SIM card formats, guaranteeing compatibility with any type of cell phone:

  • Normal (old) ;
  • Micro SIM ;
  • Nano SIM.

You’ll also receive the metal ejector pin that allows you to extract your French SIM and easily insert the Holafly SIM.

Then, thanks to WhatsApp, you can stay in touch with your family, friends and even customers if necessary. The big advantage is that your number remains the same as the one you have in France. What’s more, this messaging system doesn’t consume a lot of Gb and makes it easy to send media. Of course, you’ll also be able to surf the Internet to your heart’s content, on any site or application you like. What’s more, the prepaid SIM for Internet in the USA gives you access to a phone number for receiving calls (free).

On site, Holafly’s USA SIM card offers excellent coverage (enhanced 4G). In fact, the team only works with the best operators in the country. Another advantage is that the service is valid in Puerto Rico, Miami and the Keys!

As for price, there are no nasty surprises when you receive your invoice, and no opaque conditions of use. If you plan ahead (delivery within 10 days maximum), delivery of your USA SIM card is free.

Finally, if you have any questions or need assistance, the team is on hand 24 hours a day by e-mail (help@holafly.com) or via chat on the website.

Good to know:

If you have an Apple device, you can use your French and USA SIM cards at the same time! The first will enable you to make calls and send SMS (at your provider’s rates, with possible data roaming charges); the Holafly, on the other hand, will enable you to access the Internet in the USA.

What is an eSIM card?

eSIM card benefits

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The eSIM card is a digital card. There is no physical chip to insert in your phone. It allows you to have Internet access in the USA, while keeping your French SIM card to make or receive calls (rates apply according to your usual rate plan). This innovative service also lets you keep your French number on WhatsApp.

Everything works thanks to QR code technology. Delivery is immediate: your eSIM card arrives directly in your mailbox! The most important thing is not to make any mistakes when entering your e-mail address. For the rest, there’s no letter carrier to wait!

The eSIM card uses AT&T and T-Mobile: the best-performing providers in the U.S. What’s more, this solution for Internet access in the U.S. is environmentally friendly: no extra plastic thanks to digital technology.

Finally, you can also take advantage of 24-hour assistance by e-mail (help@holafly.com) or via online chat on holafly.com.

Good to know:
  • The eSIM USA card allows you to share your connection from your phone with any other user;
  • It does not include international calls and SMS: use WhatsApp and your gigas to communicate via messages or make calls at no extra cost;
  • Once all your data has been used or the number of days has elapsed, your Holafly eSIM card will no longer function. To extend the service, make a new purchase online.

How does it work?

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For any eSIM purchased for Internet access in the USA (or anywhere else in the world), first make sure that your cell phone is compatible with the eSIM card. To date, the following models are compatible:

  • IPhone: SE, XR, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max (but also iPads released after 2018)
  • Samsung: Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, Note 20, Note 20 Ultra 5G, Fold, Z Fold 5G and Z Flip
  • Huawei: P40 and P40 Pro
  • Google: Pixel 3, 3a, 3a XL, 4, 4a and 4 XL, Gemini PDA and Motorola Razr 2019

Then buy your eSIM. Several packages are available, depending on the length of your stay and your needs:

  • 5 days – 3GB: €19
  • 7 days – 5GB: €29
  • 10 days – 7GB: €34
  • 15 days – 12GB: €47
  • 20 days – 16GB: €57
  • 30 days – 20GB: €69
  • 60 days – 25GB: €87
  • 90 days – 30GB: €109

Great news! Thanks to the GENERATIONVOYAGE promo code, you’ll get an immediate discount when youpurchase your eSIM USA.

Once you’ve placed your order, you’ll receive an e-mail containing your QR Code and instructions on how to proceed. You can now scan the QR Code on your phone (from your computer or a printout). This allows you to set up a data plan to be activated in the USA (Settings > Mobile data > Add data plan). You can also do this once you’ve arrived in the country. In any case, the countdown only starts when you activate the plan.

Forgotten or lost your code in the meantime? Don’t worry, contact our support team and they’ll send the code to your e-mail address.