Saturday, 16 April 2016 23:31

US ZIP SIM - first self-activating, private prepaid SIM that lets you change numbers twice

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The first self-activating, private, instant, short-term prepaid US wireless service has launched with an enhanced focus on convenience and privacy.

A revolution in SIM privacy has been declared in the US by Otono’s ZIP SIM, previously known as Ready SIM, with the ability to change phone numbers twice after activation.

Otono says the name change from Ready SIM to ZIP SIM ‘reflects a strategic shift to focus on the product’s main attribute, which is quick service activation through the company’s patented self-activation process.’

The company says that all you need to do is to ‘insert the SIM, send a text message to 7850 with your U.S. zip code to instantly activate the SIM, and you will be assigned a local phone number and start the plan right away.’

In addition, Otono says ‘there is never a need to activate the service through a dealer, website, or customer service representative.’

And now, with the relaunch, ZIP SIM says it ‘offers the ability to change phone numbers twice after initial activation, as well as an enhanced focus on convenience and privacy.’

Otono is also launching a promotion for those in the US that runs until April 30, offering a ’30% off Relaunch Promo Discount by using the code “ZIPSIM30” at check-out,’ with full details at ZIP SIM’s site here

Otono also claims that ZIP SIM is the ‘travel SIM Choice of Fortune 500 companies,’ but also ‘vacationers, younger customers, customers concerned with privacy and those without credit.’

ZIP SIM claims ‘a surge in use by younger customers (between the ages of 18-35) who are expressing a growing concern with privacy and those without credit.’

Other new ZIP SIM users include ‘mobile work teams, emergency responders, law enforcement, political campaign offices, press, military personnel, and web and app developers.’

ZIP SIM also says it is ‘available at numerous trade shows, including Telecom Expense Management Summits, Mobility and Telecom Conferences, and developer and gaming events.’

In addition, the company is ‘partnering with members of the travel industry, including hotel, airline, and taxi and limousine companies who wish to provide their guests and customers with instant access to reliable cellular service on arrival in the U.S.’

More below, please read on.

Boasting PC Magazine’s recommendation that the original Ready SIM was the ‘Best Plan for Short Visits,’ Otono says that the original launch of ‘Ready SIM in 2013 was heralded as a revolution in SIM privacy and ease of use.’

The company says that Ready SIM ‘was quickly adopted by the market and received the prestigious Fierce15 Award from FierceWireless as a market disruptor and was named “Best Plan for Short Visits” by PC Magazine.

Otono also quotes Ars Techica, which said, “I’ve never seen a simpler and quicker mobile phone setup,” and boasts that its ‘product saw tremendous adoption from a wide variety of customer groups, driving the demand for instant self-activating cellular service well beyond the expected initial target market.’

In the current privacy sensitive environment, Otono says ‘ZIP SIM provides a unique and robust solution.’

Oren Chervinsky, VP Global Sales & Marketing for Otono said: “Both corporations and individuals alike initially flocked to Ready SIM for the ease of activation, but were surprised and excited by the security and privacy included.

“As such, we will continue to put customer privacy at the core of our business while being 100% compliant with government regulations for the wireless industry.”

The company also advises Ready SIM customers that with the transition to ZIP SIM, ‘existing customers can be assured that there will be no interruption in service.’

The ZIP SIM website, zipsim.us, will be available to place orders for ZIP SIM cards and purchase of long distance add-ons or top ups.

Customers currently with a Ready SIM will still be able to activate once they arrive in the U.S.

Customers with a Ready SIM will be able to top up their cards on the ZIP SIM website zipsim.us or by calling ZIP SIM Customer Care at 1-877-273-3540, with the company advising that 'all customer account information and order history is automatically transferred to the new ZIP SIM website.'

Chervinsky concluded: “ZIP SIM is different. We knew there was demand for short-term service — just a little talk, text, and data for a couple weeks or a few days. Our self-activation technology also made it incredibly easy for customers to start their plans.

“Nobody wants to find a local mall with a cell phone kiosk and sit down with some sales rep to activate. The answer was to preload each SIM card with one of our plans, have that plan start right after the SIM is inserted and the customer texts a ZIP code.”

ZIP SIM Products:

  • Data/Talk or Unlimited Talk and
  • Data & Text
  • Availability Products Unit Price
  • ZIPSIM.us 7 Day Talk+Text+Data Plan (Includes SIM) $25 USD
  • 14 Day Talk+Text+Data Plan (Includes SIM) $35 USD
  • 21 Day Talk+Text+Data Plan (Includes SIM) $45 USD
  • 30 Day Talk+Text+Data Plan (Includes SIM) $55 USD
  • 500MB Data-Only Plan (Includes SIM)* $15 USD
  • 1GB Data-Only Plan (Includes SIM)* $25 USD
  • 2GB Data-Only Plan (Includes SIM)* $40 USD
  • Retail coming soon.

ZIP SIM is available immediately for purchase online and through select distributors and partners worldwide with 30% off until April 30th using the code “ZIPSIM30” at check-out.

For more information, visit the ZIP SIM website. The ZIP SIM is on Facebook here, and on Twitter here.


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