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101. Ordering Questions
    • When my order will be shipped?

      Sim card and phone orders placed during business hours before 3 PM Eastern Time will be shipped on the same day the order was placed. Orders placed after 3 PM will be shipped the next business day. The only exceptions are phone that are out of stock. In this case you will be notified about delayed shipping during the purchase.
      Rental Orders will be shipped in such a way so you will received it 1 day before the Rental Start date you indicated on your order. For last minute rental orders, you will have to use express delivery options.
102. 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.

103. Troubleshooting Questions
    • I am traveling in Saudi Arabia and can receive calls, but I can't make an outgoing call. What should I do?

      Local carriers in Saudi Arabia sometimes block standard OneSimCard outgoing calls. If this happens you need to either (a) enter a compatibility code into the settings of your phone or (b) initiate your call by sending an SMS message from the regular SMS menu (not the OneSimCard menu) of your phone.

      How To Activate Compatibility Mode:

      1. Open "OneSimCard" menu
      2. Select "Settings"
      3. Agree with message by pressing "Yes"
      4. Dial digits "802" and select "OK" (screen will show message "output channel is SMS")

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

      How To Deactivate Compatibility Mode:

      1. Open "OneSimCard" menu
      2. Select "Settings"
      3. Agree with message by pressing "Yes"
      4. Dial digits "801" and select "OK" (screen will show message "output channel is USSD")

      How To Dial Without Activating Compatibility Mode:

      Initiate your call by sending an SMS message from the regular SMS menu (not the OneSimCard menu) of your phone.

      To: 9146
      Message: 00 + Country Code + Number + 
      * is a star character located on the keypad

      For example, to call from Saudi Arabia to Boston USA you should go to the SMS menu of the phone and send a message:

      To: 9146
      Message: 0018574440686
      After your SMS is sent wait 3-10 seconds. You will get a callback as usual and your call will be connected to the destination number.

      Note 1: You can't send this SMS from the SMS OneSimCard menu of the phone.

      Note 2: If you see on the screen that the message has not been sent, make sure that SMS settings of your phone is complete and the SMS Center number is set to: +3725099000

       

      There are no special instructions to receive calls in these countries.

104. OneSimCard Rentals
    • How can I set up the Personal Extra Number (PEN) on my rental order?

      Once your order is processed and shipped, you will receive a notification email. At this point, you can log in to your account and:
      1. Activate your SIM card(s) (you should wait to activate until after you receive the package)
      2. Once the SIM is activated, you can set up the PEN. You will see the link on the screen in the Recharge Menu. The PEN activation is done instantly. 

      If you activate the Free US PEN and your travel is under 30 days, it will stay active for the duration of your travel. If you will be traveling for more than 30 days and require the use of the PEN beyond 30 days, you must renew your PEN for a fee before it expires.

      Alternatively, you can order a PEN in your local area or in another country if you require one. 

105. 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.

       

106. OneSimCard Rentals
    • What if I return the Rental Package, but some of the items are missing or damaged?

      You will be charged for missing or damaged items in the package. The cost of the replacement items is provided in the packing slip of the rental package.

      To avoid paying replacement costs, consider purchasing a rental insurance. View full terms and conditions here.
107. OneSimCard Rentals
    • When do you consider the rental package as having been returned?

      You should ship the package back to us through the US Postal service using the label and envelope that came in your original package. 

      As of March 5, 2018, all rentals come with a prepaid USPS Priority Mail return label. Simply attach it to the provided return envelope with your rentals inside and drop it off at the nearest post office. It’s that easy!

      The post office will scan the label. The date the package is scanned is considered the rental's return date. Thus you will not be charged rental fees for the days after the package is scanned to be shipped back to OneSimCard.
108. OneSimCard Rentals
    • How do I purchase additional airtime?

      The phone will come with $5 of initial airtime. There are three ways to purchase additional airtime.
      1. You can buy the airtime on-line by logging into your account at www.onesimcard.com. Your account will be created automatically when we ship you the phone.
      2. You can set up an auto-recharge which will automatically add value to your existing balance once it goes below a predetermined balance.
      3. You can use your Global Mobile Phone, by submitting a recharge order from the handset. Your credit card on file will be charged and the airtime will be added instantly.
109. OneSimCard Rentals
    • How does the global cell phone rental program work?

      It's actually quite simple to rent a OneSimCard international cell phone phone bundle to use during your travels. Just tell us the date you need the phone and we'll ship a complete package directly to your door. Your package will include a mobile phone programmed with an international phone number, extra battery, charger, international travel plug adapter, holster, OneSimCard User Guide, $5 worth of initial airtime, and a US Mail return envelope. When you return from your trip, simply return the package in the envelope provided - just add postage.

      Update: As of March 5, 2018, all rentals come with a prepaid USPS Priority Mail return label. Simply attach it to the provided return envelope with your rentals inside and drop it off at the nearest post office. It’s that easy!

      When you tell us the country of your travel, we will select the SIM card type for you that offers the lowest calling rates in this country.

110. Troubleshooting Questions
    • I just arrived in a foreign country and my phone is not working, what should I do?

      If you left your phone on during your flight or cruise then you should fully power down and restart your phone. Once your phone powers back on it should automatically select an available roaming network.

      If your phone is not a quad-band phone, please make sure that the bands of your phone are those required in the country of your travel. You can look it up here.
      In some countries like in USA turning off 3G mode of the phone will make it quicker for the phone to register on the network.

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