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101. Rates and Cost Questions
    • I was charged a large amount for mobile data service even though I barely used data, what happened?

      Each mobile data session is charged for a minimum of 10kB usage. Even if you check just one 3k email you will be charged for 10kB of usage. In some countries this can be over 30c per session, however in Europe and elsewhere it can be as little as 1c. Check all rates.

      Please note: Some phones, like iPhones and other smartphones, can access data without you even knowing it if you have data enabled. We strongly recommend checking the settings on your phone or disabling GPRS from your OneSimCard account if you will not be needing data service. By default, all SIM cards are pre-programmed with GPRS data service disabled.

102. Rates and Cost Questions
    • What is the Internet Data cost in those countries where more than one network is available?

      In some countries we offer multiple networks to improve coverage. While the cost of Voice calls and Texts does not depend on a particular network in the country, the cost of Internet Data sometimes does.

       
      The Data rate for each particular network is shown on the Rates and Coverage page of OneSimCard.com where available -


      In those countries like India where there are many networks, the cost of using Internet Data service can vary significantly from from one network to another. In such countries we strongly recommend to change settings on your mobile phone, so networks selected manually, rather than automatically. In this case, when you are in the country of travel, you can select to register on the available network with the lowest Data cost.
      Having the settings set to Manual Network selection will make sure that the network will not get switched to another one with higher rates when the signal of the lower data cost network is weak.
103. How To Use Questions
    • How do I prevent the service from expiring?

      The OneSimCard phone number has no expiration, provided you made at least 1 call or send SMS once every two years.

      However, the funds on the SIM expire 10 months after your last recharge. The minimum recharge amount is $25. You can keep the balance from expiring by simply recharging at least once every 10 months. If you let your balance expire, then all you need to do to get the service up and running again is to log in and add funds to your SIM card. Automatic recharge will be canceled if you let your funds expire.

104. How To Use Questions
    • How should I send an SMS to get charged only 15 cents per text message?

      There are two ways for SMS message to be sent:

      • From the OneSimCard application menu called OneSimCard - TravelSMS. To send the message, you need to locate OneSimCard menu on the phone and then scroll down to TravelSMS menu. Sending text message this way is the least expensive and will cost you 15 cents per message from any country.
      • Usual way from SMS sending menu of the phone. It cost 40 cents per text message from most countries with the exception of few countries where the rates are higher.
        Find detailed rate information here.
      Another way to reduce the cost of sending Text is to use the SIM VOIP app and send SMS from the app. This will reduce the cost of sending SMS significantly.


      Bear in mind that sending SMS messages to the abbreviated special SMS destinations like voting, music downloads, etc. will cost you $9.00 per message.

       

105. How To Use Questions
    • Is there a mobile app that will let me recharge my account and other services?

      Yes! Our OneSimCard Direct app for the iPhone and Android devices will let you easily access many account services, such as recharging your account, checking voicemail, ordering discount voice and text plans, and much more. OneSimCard Direct is available for download from Google Play for Android phones and from the App store. Find more information in the Help section of your online account.

106. How To Use Questions
    • How Do I Check The Balance Of Purchased Data Plan?

      There are three ways to check the remaining balance of purchased data plan.

       

      1. On-line in OneSimCard Menu of your account in the Discount Section of the page.

      2. On Android Phones - from OneSimCard Direct App and on Apple devices from OneSimCard Assist app

      3. From OneSimCard mobile phone: 

                                              Dial the following:

      *146*942#

       

      The remaining data balance will be displayed.

107. Troubleshooting Questions
    • When I dial following your instructions it does not work. What's wrong?

      This answer applies to SIM cards purchased before January 1, 2017.

      Some phones, such as Samsung, some Motorola, Android and Apple iPhones, require special dialing instructions or simple OneSimCard settings menu changes in order to make calls.

      It is possible to make almost any phone entirely compatible, so you can call directly without using the OneSimCard menu or *146* by following these simple programming instructions below.

      How to activate compatibility mode:

        1. Locate OneSimCard Menu.

       On iPhones it is called SIM Applications menu and is located under Settings- Phone menu

               On Androids it is called SIM Toolkit app or OneSimCard app and it looks like one of the apps.

         

      1. Open "OneSimCard" menu ( SIM Applications, SIM Toolkit, STK)
      2. Select "Settings
        Newer SIM Cards: Select Service Code option and follow instructions below:
        Older SIM Cards: After selecting Settings:
        1. Agree with message by pressing "Yes"
        2. Dial digits "1101" and select "OK" (Screen will show "CC OptionX: ON" message)

          Bear in mind that if you have powered your telephone down, and have removed and reinstalled the battery, you will need to follow the programming steps outlined above, again.

          If for any reason after entering compatibily code, you still do not get a ringback or you get the ringback the first time you make a call, but second time it would not work, please enter code 802 into the Service Code window instead of 1101 as provided above.

           

          Please bear in mind that Android phones can use OneSimCard Direct App available free for download from Google Play.  Using this app takes care of the Android phones compatibility issues, allows to remove the callback ring (Android OS version 5 or below) and also will automatically correct mis-dialed phone calls in most cases. iPhone users can download OneSimCard Assist App from iTunes that will do the same, except for removing the ringback.


          For example, calling to USA: Dial *146*0016175551212# and press the TALK (or SEND) button

          * is a star character located on the keypad
          • To check your balance dial  *146*099# and press the TALK (or SEND) button
          • To add funds dial *146*098XXXX*ZZ# and press the TALK (or SEND) button,
            where XXXX - 4 last digit of your credit card on file, ZZ - Recharge amount
          • You need to press * on your phone in the above dialing sequences
          • Activation of voice mail *146*091# and press the TALK (or SEND) button
          • Deactivation of voice mail *146*090# and press the TALK (or SEND) button
          • Check number of messages in Voice Mail *146*094# and press the TALK (or SEND) button
          • To listen to voice mail *146*095# and press the TALK (or SEND) button

          The sequence *146* and # at the end can be used from any phone. However, most phones do not require it.

          We strongly recommend you to watch very short video tutorials that will help you to understand how to make calls, SMS and data on your OneSimCard Phone.


          These videos are available in the Help Menu of your OneSimCard Portal. You need to log in to your OneSimCard account first and then proceed to the Help Menu to be able to access these videos.
          Again, this troubleshooting advice might be needed only for older SIM cards.

           

           

      108. How To Use Questions
        • How do I know if USA, Canada or UK Mobile PEN I order is capable of receiving SMS?

          To see if your PEN is capable of receiving SMS, please log in to your on-line account at www.OneSimCard.com. In the Recharge Menu next to the PEN you will see if it is SMS capable or not. You can also see there if this PEN could be used for VOIP or not.
      109. How To Use Questions
        • Is there any way to remove the callback ring after I dial a number?

          The newly offered OneSimCard Europe & More and the Universal SIM does not use the callback to make an outgoing call in over 70 countries.

           

          With OneSimCard Plus or Expedition (formerly Data & Roam) SIM:

          Normally, when you make a call with OneSimCard the phone will ring back within a few seconds after dialing and you will then get connected. You can eliminate this callback if you have a smarphone running Android (OS version 5 or below) by downloading and installing our OneSimCard Direct mobile app. 

          For phones using Android (OS version 5 or below):

          OneSimCard Direct app allows you to hide the callback and makes it easier to make a call directly from your phone's address book. Unfortunately it is not available on the newer version of Androids, nor on iPhone.

          Once the application is installed on your phone, please run it once and then turn your phone off and back on. You will then be able to dial without receiving the callback.
      110. How To Use Questions
        • How can I dial '+' on my phone when making call?

          Note: You can always dial 00 instead of + when making outgoing calls. For example, to reach OneSimCard customer service in the USA you can just dial 001 617 3138888.

          You should consult the phone manual for this info. Different manufacturers have specific ways to access the '+' key, so make sure you know yours.

          Here are few known ways:
          • BlackBerry?® 6210: Press Alt (bottom, far left on keyboard) and the letter "I".
          • Bosch: Press and hold the star (*) key until the "+" sign appears.
          • Motorola: Press and hold the zero key until the "+" sign appears.
          • Nokia: Press the star (*) key twice in rapid succession.
          • Pocket PC: Pull up the keyboard, hit the <123> button in the top left corner, and select "+" from the resulting screen.
          • Samsung: Press and hold the zero key until the "+" sign appears.
          • Sony Ericsson: Press and hold the zero key until the "+" sign appears.
          • Treo 270: Press the blue button and then the "G" key.

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