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Get Started with Ellis

Studying in the U.S.? This is a step by step guide to getting a U.S. phone number with Ellis Mobile and a U.S. bank account with Ellis Money before your relocation to America. Ellis is here to set you up for success from Day 1.

step 1

Download the Ellis App

Navigate to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and search Ellis to download the Ellis App.
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step 2

Create an Ellis account

Enter an email to create your Ellis account. You can use a personal email or your school's .edu email.
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step 3

Enter your full legal name

Type your Given First Name and Last Name as it is stated on your passport.
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step 4

Choose a secure password

Enter a secure password for your Ellis account. You can always change it in the future.
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step 5

Select the Ellis product you want to open

Don't worry, you can always go back and set up the other product.
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MOBILE
MONEY
step 6

Enter your SIM card number

Enter the SIM card number listed on the back of the SIM card you received. If you don't have an Ellis SIM card, we can ship one directly to your house.
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step 6

Enter your phone number

Enter the phone number that you are currently using to receive texts. It doesn't have to be a U.S phone number.
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step 7

Enter your date of birth

The government requires us to verify your identity to create a U.S. bank account and debit card.
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step 7

Pick a plan that fits your needs

Choose the Ellis Mobile plan that fits your needs. We'll assign you a U.S. phone number that you can activate when you arrive in the U.S.
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step 8

Enter your passport number

If you have a Social Security Number, you can use it instead of your passport number.
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step 8

Activate your plan

We won't charge your card on file until you activate your Mobile plan. Simply activate your plan a few day before you arrive in the U.S. through the Ellis App!
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step 9

Enter your payment information

To complete your Ellis Mobile plan activation, enter your payment information.
You can use your Ellis debit card to pay for your cellular plan!
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step 10

Your plan has been successfully activated!

Start calling, texting, and browsing the web with ultra-fast 5G.
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step 9

Enter your nationality

This is the country that issued your passport.                                                       
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step 10

Enter the school you are enrolled in

If you are not a student, select I am not a student to use your U.S. residential address to sign up
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step 11

Upload images of your passport and address verification documents

Students can upload an I-20 or DS-2019 form.
Other users can upload a copy of a lease agreement, utility bill, or pay stub.
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step 12

Welcome to Ellis Money

We will typically verify your bank account in less than 24 hours. Deposit money into your account and start spending with your Virtual Debit Card instantly.
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step 13

Deposit money into your Ellis account

Use your wire instruction to deposit money into your Ellis account. We will never charge you fees for wires and transfers.
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