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1. OneSimCard General Service Questions
    • Are there any discount SMS text message plans available in Europe or other countries?

      Discount SMS from Europe and many other countries are available with OneSimCard Universal, OneSimCard Plus, Expedition (formerly Data & Roam) and Europe & More SIM cards.

      Discount SMS 100 Plan

      When activated, this plan provides 100 free classic SMS messages sent from Europe to any number in any country in the world. Messages should be sent from the normal SMS menu of your phone and NOT from the OneSimCard 'Travel SMS' menu. SMS plan will be effective for 30 calendar days after the activation took place. The plan can be activated from your OneSimCard web account. Activation cost is 10.00 USD.  

      New SMS plans are available in following countries:
      Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and Vatican City.

      To check how many days and SMS messages are left, dial *146*922*1#
      Screen will show the following message: "SMS package active for X day(s) more, You have already used X of XX free SMS"

2. 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.
3. OneSimCard General Service Questions
    • Can I send an SMS to or from a Common Access Number or Personal Extra Number?

      You can't send SMS to a Common Access Number (CAN). Common Access Numbers and majority of Personal Extra Numbers are for Voice Calls only.
      Starting December 8th, 2014 all new USA and Canada Personal Extra Numbers are capable of receiving mobile SMS. SMS received on US or Canada PEN will incur 9 cent charge.
      Starting January 10th, 2019 UK Mobile SMS numbers are capable of receiving mobile SMS.
      We recommend that SMS senders use our free online SMS or email-to-SMS functions as described in the user manual and our FAQs.

      Note: US and Canada PEN can receive only actual mobile SMS from mobile phones. Alert and verification SMS sent from web sites like Google, Yahoo or your bank will not be delivered to US or Canada PENs due to the way these web sites send there messages. 
      If you require some alerts SMS sent from banks and other institutions, we offer special US-SMS Bank Verification PEN that will be able to receive SMS from mobile numbers as well as from institutions used for 2 step verification processes.


4. How To Use Questions
    • Can I use a OneSimCard phone to send an SMS message?

      Of course you can! Simply send and receive SMS texts according to your phone's user manual or from the OneSimCard Menu. Receiving SMS is always free. Sending an SMS (text message) is $0.15 - $1.50 depending on the country.

      SMS messages sent to a OneSimCard phone should always be sent to the main OneSimCard mobile number rather than to an optional Extra Number, with the exception of new SMS enabled numbers in USA, Canada and UK Mobile available since Jun 3rd, 2014. When replying from OneSimCard phone to the SMS received on USA or Canada SMS capable PEN using Europe & More sim or the Expedition SIM, the main number of the SIM that starts with 372 will be displayed on the text receiver phone. With the Universal SIM, you can select what caller ID will be shown on the SMS receiving party phone.

      You can also send SMS messages from OneSim VOIP app at much lower rates.


      You can also send a free SMS message to any OneSimCard customer from our web site or by sending email to 372XXXXXXXX@sms.onesimcard.com, where 372XXXXXXXX is the OneSimCard primary mobile phone number. The maximum number of daily SMS sent to the SIM over email or web is 25.

      Please bear in mind that message should be sent in English characters. In addition, it should not be longer than 160 characters including spaces.


      These 2 options of sending SMS by email provide completely free way of communicating, as it is usually free for you to send the email and costs nothing for the OneSimCard customer to receive a text message.

5. How To Use Questions
    • How do I set up SMS text messaging on my phone?

      SMS messaging usually works without any additional setup of the phone.
      In rare cases when there are issues sending or receiving text messages, please look at the following:

      Problem with Sending SMS:

      • Incorrect SMSC number (SMS Service Center Address) in handset settings.

      SMSC number should be set as follows:

       

      1. For Standard  and Plus OneSimCard SIM: +3725099000 for all countries except:

      a. China:  +85290296747

       

      2. For the Expedition (former Data & Roam) SIM as well as for Europe & More SIM: +37256100041

       

      Special instructions for Apple Phones:

      With Apple iPhones to check SMSC:

      From the phone dialer Dial *#5005*7672# 

      You will see the SMSC set currently on the phone. 

      To change the SMSC on Iphone dial: 

      Plus and Standard SIMs: **5005*7672*+3725099000# for all countries except China and **5005*7672*+85290296747# if in China.

      Expedition (formerly Data & Roam) and Europe & More SIMs in any country: **5005*7672*+37256100041#


       

       

      If your phone requires the name of Message Center Name enter: SMSC
      SMS lifetime is short - must be at least 2 hours or set to Maximum settings.
      Try sending SMS from OneSimCard menu

       

       Problem with Receiving SMS:

      • Receiving Handset does not have enough free memory for incoming SMS.
      • Receiving Handset was turned off or out of the coverage area during SMS lifetime set on the sending phone - usually 2 hours.
      • Sender's SMS provider does not have an agreement with the receiving network.
6. Troubleshooting Questions
    • I can't send SMS from my iPhone

      There is a known bug with iPhone phone book. If you are trying to text to a contact that is entered in the phone book, and the contact is not entered in proper international number format, the SMS will not go through even if you just enter the number in the SMS menu directly and properly. 
      Please edit the record in the phone book to be +CountryCode_Number. It needs to have the + character in front, which is an equivalent of 00.

      You will also need to delete all recent attempts to send SMS to this number from the Messaging menu. It should be no conversation or attempts to send SMS left in the phone to this number.


      We understand that this is very frustrating, but do not know why Apple will not fix it. This problem affects only Apple phones.

      Example: for US Number 1-617-600-8250 you should have entered in the address book: +16176008250
      Delete existing text conversation after fixing the phone book record. 
      You can always test your SMS by sending SMS to OneSimCard Support number +16176008250 from your OneSimCard phone. This will create an automated ticket in the system and you will know if the message was delivered or not. You will be charged regular SMS rate for this message.
7. Troubleshooting Questions
    • When I send an SMS text message I am sometimes charged for multiple outgoing text messages, what's wrong?

      This means that your SMS text message has been split up into multiple messages because it contains too many characters.

      Each standard GSM format SMS text message can be a maximum of 160 characters. If you send a text in a foreign language or that contains any unsupported characters, the text will be sent in Unicode format with a maximum character length of 70. If your text exceeds these character limits then it will automatically be split up and sent as multiple messages and your account will be charged accordingly for each outgoing SMS text message.
8. 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.

       

9. Troubleshooting Questions
    • I have an iPhone and am receiving charges for SMS sent to a UK mobile number 447786205094. Why?

      This is a known issue with Apple's Facetime and iMessage applications on Apple iPhone  devices. We recommend disabling Facetime and iMessage so it will not be able to automatically send SMS to this 447786205094 number. Any SMS sent to this number automatically by your phone can not be refunded by OneSimCard. Additional questions regarding iPhone applications and how they communicate should be directed to Apple Support.
      You can learn more on the Apple Support web site:
      https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5968824
10. OneSimCard General Service Questions
    • How does BANK SMS Verification PEN balance work?

      The SMS Verification PEN is the only PEN that can be used without a SIM card. Thus, it can have its own balance, which follows these rules:

      1. If the SMS Verification PEN is used without a SIM card, the PEN's balance will be valid for 12 months. To maintain it the minimum recharge amount of only $10 USD per year is required.
      2. If the PEN has a SIM card assigned to it, the SIM card balance rules will apply. To maintain the balance both for the SIM and all PENs assigned to it $25 USD min recharge will be required every 10 months.

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