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91. OneSimCard General Service Questions
    • Is there a way to send a SMS to a short code number?

      OneSimCard does not offer SMS service to short code numbers.

      Please note: If you do try to send an SMS to a short code then your account may be charged $9 for each message.
      We do offer special US PEN that is capable of receiving SMS from Short Codes, like those sent by Banks, Paypal and other institutions.
92. Rates and Cost Questions
    • Does calling to a mobile phone cost more than calling to a land line?

      No, it does not cost more to dial an international mobile number using OneSimCard service. You will receive the same very low per minute rate whether calling to a mobile phone or to a land line.

      You can find all rates listed on our Rates & Coverage page.
93. OneSimCard General Service Questions
    • Are there any international toll-free or local Common Access Numbers (CAN)?

      OneSimCard international mobile service does not require dialing any access numbers when calling from international locations, you simply dial as you normally would when you're abroad. However, when somebody is calling to your OneSimCard phone there is an option for them to call you through a Toll Free or local number rather than dialing your European mobile number directly, which could be expensive for them. This call will instead be charged to your OneSimCard account at an additional 20c/min to the incoming rate in the country where you are receiving the call.

      When someone calls you through a Common Access Number they receive a prompt where they then enter your primary European number starting with 372 to reach you. For a direct connection, we recommend adding a Personal Extra Number (PEN) instead.

      At this time we have Toll Free and/or Local Common Access Numbers in the following countries:

      • Argentina
      • Australia
      • Austria
      • Argentina
      • Brazil
      • Canada
      • Cyprus
      • France
      • Germany
      • Greece
      • Hong Kong
      • Israel
      • Mexico
      • New Zealand
      • Russia
      • Spain
      • UK
      • USA - Toll Free as well as local Common Access Numbers in New York City, Washington DC and Los Angeles


      You can find these numbers in the User Guide or while logged in to your OneSimCard web account portal.

94. Ordering Questions
    • How do I order Discount Call, Text and Data plans?

      You can order discount Call, Text and Data packages from your OneSimCard web account after you have received and activated your OneSimCard.

      To order a discount package for your SIM card, follow these steps:

      1. Log into your account at OneSimCard.com
      2. Click on the My SIM Cards menu links
      3. If you have more than one SIM card, make sure the SIM Card you’d like to activate a discount package for is selected
      4. Navigate to the Discount Service Plans section and select a discount package you would like to activate
      5. Click Activate Now to activate the selected package immediately or Activate Later to schedule the activation on a particular date

      Future data plan activation:

      a. You can set up the maximum number of times  data packages to be activated automatically when the package is used up or expired.
      b. You can set the date after which no packages will be activated, so when your travel is over no data packages will be activated and no charges will follow.

      Note: eSIM data plan activation may vary from regular SIM cards. Please follow directions on the account page.

      To learn more about the availability of discount packages for different SIM cards and countries, please visit the Rates & Coverage page

95. Rates and Cost Questions
    • Are there any monthly fees or connection charges?

      There are no monthly fees or connection charges for using OneSimCard international cell phone service.

      If you order an optional Personal Extra Number (PEN), there is a small periodic fee to keep the PEN active based on how you choose to be billed (from $1.67 per month). There is also an additional charge to receive a call through any Extra Number. View our Rates & Coverage page and click on any country to view our available Extra Numbers and associated costs.

96. OneSimCard General Service Questions
    • What Are Additional Calling Options Available?

      There are many additional options available to reduce cost as well as to make it easier for callers to reach OneSimCard phone.

       
      These options are:
      • PEN - Personal Extra Numbers - Provides an option to call OneSimCard phone directly locally from 60 countries.
      • CAN - Common Extra Numbers - Provides an option to call OneSimCard phone¬†locally from 10 countries without ordering a PEN. See Help Menu of your on-line account for details.
      • SIM VOIP - iPhone and Android App allows lower cost calling and texting over WI-FI or Mobile Data.
      • OneSimCard Connect App - Android App¬†Makes dialing easier. Auto-correct mis-dialed numbers. Removes the callback feature on the Plus and Expedition (formerly Data & Roam) SIM cards.
      • Viber - Allows Viber Callers to call free to OneSimCard Phone.
97. Ordering Questions
    • When does a Personal Extra Number (PEN) subscription start?

      New SIM card orders with PENs

      Your monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual subscription to a Personal Extra Number starts the moment your order has been shipped. If you do not need your Extra Number to be active right away, you can always wait and order an Extra Number later at any time by logging into your account.

      eSIM orders on onesimcard.com do not require shipping.

      PENs added to existing SIM cards

      These PENs subscriptions are activated right after the order has been processed. The activation is pretty much instant, unless your PEN order requires additional documents for verification. Please see the local number information page for the list of any additional document requirements by country.

      Free Trial PENs

      Many SIM cards come with Free Trial PENs that are inactive by default. You can activate Free trial PENs at any time from your account.

      BANK SMS Verification PEN

      The SMS Verification PEN is the only PEN that can be used without a SIM card. These PENs are activated instantly if ordered on their own or added to an existing active SIM card.

98. 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.

99. OneSimCard General Service Questions
    • What to do if I am unable to unlock my mobile phone?

100. OneSimCard General Service Questions
    • How do I know if my phone is locked or unlocked?

      To determine if your phone is locked, if you haven't already purchased a OneSimCard international SIM card then call your wireless provider. If you have already purchased from us then insert the OneSimCard SIM card. If you get any of the following messages on your screen after entering the pin then your phone is locked:

      • Insert SIM
      • SIM not valid
      • SIM Card Not Accepted
      • Enter Restriction Code
      • Enter Special Code
      • Enter Subsidy Code
      • Enter Subsidy Password
      • Contact Service Provider (Motorola)
      • or any other similar messages!

      Some mobile phone carriers lock their phones so they can't be used with other carriers. The simplest way to find out if the phone is locked is to borrow a SIM card from anybody who is using a different mobile service provider. If you power-up the phone and it recognizes the SIM card, your phone is unlocked and OneSimCard's international SIM card will work as well.

      If you need to unlock the phone, we suggest contacting your carrier or phone manufacturer for unlocking information or services.

      US Customers can read more about unlocking phones in this article of the Computer World magazine.

       

       

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