I'll be in LA several weeks (maybe 2 months) and will need semi-occasional use of a cellphone.
I already have the phone (a TRI-band from Thailand). All I need now is the SIM CARD and the simple pre-pay vouchers to make it work.
I've heard of T-mobile? They sell 400minutes for $50. And text messages for 10cents. I'm not sure how much the actual SIM CARD is though? Is it free?
Aside from T-mobile, do I have another option?
you can try verizon, virgin mobile, and sprint
Just make sure your GSM phone is a QUAD-BAND, not a TRI-BAND, because in the USA, they're not using the 850/900/1800 Mhz phones that they usually have in Asian countries, but they use 1900 Mhz phones! You can get a pre-paid card anywhere, just make sure the phone is correct...
So far, all the tri-band phones that I've seen in Malaysia are 900/1800/1900 MHz. I believe it's the same for all countries utilising GSM network. A quad-band phone is the one with 900/1800/1900 MHz plus WCDMA (2.4GHz) or better known as 3G.