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Adding Credit to an International SIM Card See our rates and packages below

There are several ways to add call credit to an international SIM card, depending on what type of SIM card you have. If you have the National Geographic international SIM card that roams in over 200 countries, the easiest way to add call credit is to ask to be on our 'Auto Top-Up' system. The 'Auto Top-up' system will automatically trigger a $29 charge to the customer, and apply $29 of credit to their account every time their credit drops below $10. Simultaneously, the customer is emailed and invoice and receives a text message alerting that a charge has been made and what the updated balance is. This is highly convenient and very popular with customers who don't want to constantly check their credit and worry about being caught with a zero balance. We also offer the same service via a toll-free phone call to customer service, or by dialing a short cut on the user's handset.

Customers can also add money to the account by purchasing recharge vouchers online at our website. If you are a 'country specific' SIM Card user, we have recharges available through the website, or in some cases, via SMS text message. Typically what most users do to add talk time is to go to a convenience store, cell phone store, café or even gas station and purchase a recharge card in the local currency. You may have trouble getting the cashier to accept your 'foreign' credit card, so make sure you have cash available. Fortunately, most retailers that carry the Italian SIM card from Uno Mobile accept Visa and Mastercard.

In the past, these recharge vouchers were widely available only as 'scratch cards' that reveal a hidden that must be redeemed through the user's handset. Recent advances in technology have rendered the scratch cards obsolete, and instead credit is added through a machine similar to an Automated Teller Machine. These machines are operated by the cashier, and you must tell the cashier the name of your cellphone provider and your desired credit amount. It is important that you tell them what company you need the voucher for, otherwise, it is like going to a magazine stand and saying, “I would like a magazine.” The cashier will then generate what looks like a receipt with a pin code and instructions on what to do with the pin code. You will have two choices, either send a text message with the pin code or call a number and follow the prompts. On occasion, the cashier can add the credit directly to the account. This is especially true if you purchase the recharge voucher directly from one of the provider's cell phone store.

Cellular Abroad also carries a handful of the most popular recharge vouchers. In some occasions, you can send a text message requesting a code but in most cases, the customer should call customer service. Usually we give you the pin number over the phone but for a few of our recharge vouchers, we can also add the call credit directly to the account. Please note that we charge a small fee for this convenience. We also do not sell recharge vouchers to customers who did not purchase the initial SIM card from Cellular Abroad.

Rate Guide

Per-minute rates for the most popular Study Abroad travel destinations

Country

Calls to
US or Canada

In-country calling

Receiving calls

UK

UNLIMITED

UNLIMITED

FREE!

Italy

$0.44

$0.22

FREE!

Spain

$0.07

$0.12

FREE!

Mexico $0.25 $0.25 $0.25

Germany

$0.12

$0.13

FREE!

France

$0.25

$0.26

FREE!

China

$0.05

$0.05

$0.05

Australia $0.05 $0.15 FREE!

Israel

$0.26

$0.26

FREE!

Phone & SIM Card Packages

Australia


China


France


Germany


Israel


Italy


Mexico


Spain


United Kingdom

Country not listed? Give us a call at 1-800-287-5072 and we will recommend a solution for you!

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