The United States has four major carriers or networks: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. There are dozens of telecom companies or service providers, all of which excluding the big four are resellers of these networks. Before we talk about the cheapest pay as you go SIM in USA, let us check out the available options.

For prepaid plans, you can choose among 420 Wireless, Airlink Mobile, AirVoice, AT&T, Black Wireless, Boost Mobile, Bright Spot Mobile, Byo Wireless, Chit Chat Mobile, Consumer Cellular, Cricket Wireless, EcoMobile, Español Mobile, Expo Mobile, GIV Mobile, good2GO Mobile, GoSmart Mobile, GreatCall Jitterbug, H2O Wireless, Harbor Mobile, i-Wireless, Ideal Mobile, Jolt Mobile, Kajeet, Lyca Mobile, MetroPCS, NET10 Wireless, Odin Mobile, PagePlus, PlatinumTel, Pure Talk, Ready SIM, Red Pocket Mobile, Republic Wireless, RingPlus Mobile, Rok Mobile, Selectel Wireless, Simple Mobile, SkyView Wireless, Solavei, Sprint, Straight Talk, T-Mobile, Telcel America, Tempo Telecom, Text Now, Ting, Total Call Mobile, TracFone, Ultra Mobile, Upp Wireless, US Cellular, Verizon Wireless, Virgin Mobile, Voyager Mobile and ZACT.

However, not all of these networks or resellers will offer you pay as you go plans. Prepaid and pay as you go are similar in many ways but there is a fundamental difference. You don’t really sign up for a plan in pay as you go. You pay for every minute you call, every text you send, every MMS you send and in some cases pay for receiving as well, you pay for data per MB and in some cases per GB, you may for international minutes based on your consumption and other services like international SMS and MMS. You don’t opt for bulks or any plan that offers a certain quantum of data, talk time and texts. But there are exceptions as you would find on our list.

AirVoice pay as you go SIM will charge you $0.10 per minute of talk time, $0.10 per text, $0.10 per MMS, $0.066 per MB of data and $0.02 minute of international calling.

– AT&T pay as you go SIM will charge you $0.10 per minute of talk time, $0.20 per text, $0.20 per MMS, $2.04 per MB of data, $0.25 for international SMS (receiving or sending) and $0.50 to send international MMS while it is still $0.25 to receive international MMS.

– Black Wireless pay as you go SIM will charge you $0.05 per minute of talk time, $0.05 per text, $0.10 per MMS, $0.10 per MB of data, $0.10 for international SMS (receiving or sending) and $0.15 to send or receive international MMS. Black Wireless has a few pay as you go bonuses. You can pay $10.00 and get validity for 3 months. You may pay $20.00 or $30.00 and use it over 3 months. You may pay $100.00 and use it over 12 months.

– EcoMobile pay as you go SIM will charge you $0.05 per minute of talk time, $0.02 per text, $0.10 per MMS and $0.10 per MB of data.

– Expo Mobile pay as you go SIM will charge you $0.05 per minute of talk time, $0.02 per text, $0.10 per MMS and $0.10 per MB of data.

– H2O Wireless pay as you go SIM will charge you $0.05 per minute of talk time, $0.05 per text, $0.10 per MMS, $0.10 per MB of data, $0.10 per international minute and $0.10 to send or receive international text.

– Lyca Mobile pay as you go SIM will charge you $0.02 per minute of talk time, $0.04 per text, $0.04 per MMS, $0.06 per MB of data and the costs of international calling minutes, international SMS and international MMS vary.

– PlatinumTel pay as you go SIM will charge you $0.05 per minute of talk time, $0.02 per text, $0.02 per MMS, $0.10 per MB of data and the costs of international calling minutes, international SMS and international MMS vary.

– Red Pocket Mobile pay as you go SIM will charge you $0.10 per minute of talk time, $0.10 per text, $0.30 per MB of data and the costs of international calling minutes and receiving international texts vary. Sending international SMS is $0.10, so is the cost of receiving and sending international MMS. This is for the GSM SIM. Red Pocket Mobile has a CDMA plan as well that charges you the same for texts and minutes but data is cheaper. Per MB of data is charged $0.10.

– T-Mobile pay as you go SIM charges $0.10 per text and $0.25 per MMS. The cost per minute varies depending on the loan amount. T-Mobile has pay as you go bonuses. You can go for load amounts starting at $10.00 for 3 months which gets you 30 minutes. $30.00 for 3 months gets you 160 minutes. $50.00 for 3 months gets you 400 minutes. $100.00 for 12 months gets you 1000 minutes.

– Total Call Mobile pay as you go SIM will charge you $0.10 per minute of talk time, $0.05 per text and $0.05 per international text, sending or receiving.

– US Cellular pay as you go SIM will charge you $0.10 per minute of talk time, $0.25 per text, $0.25 per MMS and there is a $50 activation fee.

– Verizon Wireless pay as you go SIM will charge you $0.10 per minute of talk time, $0.10 per text, $0.25 per MMS, $0.99 per day for data and there is an access fee of $0.99 per day. Without the access fee the cost per minute is $0.25, text is $0.20, MMS is $0.25 and data cost remains the same.

– ZACT pay as you go SIM lets you develop or choose your own plan. You can choose talk time of 30 minutes for $0.90, 100 minutes for $2.79, 250 minutes for $6.54, 500 minutes for $9.43, 700 minutes for $13.06, 1250 minutes for $22.52, 2000 minutes for $35.32, 3000 minutes for $52.71 and 4000 for $70.28. For text, you can go for 25 SMS at $0.71, 50 SMS at $1.21, 250 SMS at $3.72, 500 SMS at $4.43, 1000 SMS at $5.28, 2500 SMS at $9.87, 5000 SMS at $13.42, 7500 SMS at $18.36 or 10000 SMS at $23.99. You can opt for 50 MB of data at $1.88, 150 MB at $4.52, 250 MB at $7.24, 500 MB at $13.23, 750 MB at $19.44, 1 GB at $24.22, 1.25 GB at $30.27, 1.5 GB at $35.60 or 2 GB at $44.66.

If you are looking for pay as you go plans or prepaid plans for thirty days validity or other validity terms, then you can consider T-Mobile, AT&T, Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless, H2O Wireless, MetroPCS, Net10 Wireless, Page Plus, Project Fi, Red Pocket Mobile, Republic Wireless, SIMPLE Mobile, Sprint, Straight Talk Wireless, Ting Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon Wireless or Virgin Mobile. Many of these service providers have unlimited plans. Some have capped plans. The plans are substantially varied as far as pricing is concerned but every provider has some strength and weakness. So it would essentially boil down to what your needs are. If you are looking for the cheapest pay as you go SIM in USA for better internet plans then consider Cricket Wireless or MetroPCS. They tend to have great unlimited data plans. Other providers throttle the speed once you exceed the cap.