5 Things to Look for When Selecting the Best International SIM Card for Travel

Selecting international SIM Card
Choosing an international SIM Card

More often than not international SIM cards offer a superior choice to using a local SIM card when traveling abroad. In this article, you will learn what to look for when selecting the best SIM card to stay connected during your travels and save money.

Coverage

Obviously a starting point of your selection. Does the SIM card cover the country you are going to? What about other countries on the way to your destination? Will you have a secure data connection during layovers?

Many SIM cards compete only for the most popular countries, but if you decide to get off the beaten path, you are on your own.

Think about the future. Do you like to travel? Do you travel a lot? 

Unless you like buying and installing different disposable SIM cards, check all the destinations you may be visiting and see what your SIM card really covers.

OneSimCard operates in over 200+ countries featuring multiple carriers in many destinations for extra coverage. See all roaming rates and coverage here.  

Phone Numbers

No internet. No problem. 

Many people who exclusively rely on the internet for connectivity may not think much about phone numbers anymore.  A few realize though when the mobile internet is not available, you may still be able to make and receive calls and SMS. This adds a whole new layer of safety.  

Does your phone number require an internet connection for Voice and SMS connectivity? Make sure you can use your number without the internet, as data coverage is not always available.

Local phone numbers

Having a local number can be very convenient when you are abroad.  Just think about how you use the phone number in your home country.

Can you easily add and remove local phone numbers from you international SIM card when you travel? Can your friends and family easily reach you? 

OneSimCard comes with 2 included phone numbers: Europe & USA, Canada, UK or Australia. In addition you can add local phone numbers in 60+ countries

Verification SMS

Many service providers, especially banks, use 2-step verification for account access. This can catch international travelers by surprise when they try to access those services abroad, but instead get locked out of their accounts unable to verify their credentials.   

Does your phone number support verification SMS?  Can you add a phone number that supports SMS verification? 

OneSimCard offers special numbers for receiving verification SMS from US banks and other financial institutions anywhere in the world.

Data, Voice and SMS Plans

Many SIM cards use only plans. Some, like OneSimCard use plans in addition to the default pay-as-you go rates.  

In the plan-only case, it’s a lot easier to overspend.  You may need to purchase another plan if you enter a new country or your original plan expires. Also, the coverage of plan-only SIM cards is usually more limited.

When a SIM offers pay-as-you-go Data, Voice and SMS rates, you have a choice between going back to pay-as-you go rates or getting another discount plan. This can save you more money as well provide more coverage.

A special note goes to unlimited data plans, which more often than not is a suboptimal choice. We discuss unlimited data plans in detail here.

Customer Support

Regular business hours may not be very helpful when you are several time zones away without any internet. Aim for 24/7 support if possible, and an easy way to receive it.

With OneSimCard, for example, your first 3 minutes of a Support call from your primary OneSimCard number are free. It does not matter where you are in the world (and no data connection is required to make that call).

Price

Very low rates may come with a contract, monthly or connection fees attached. Some SIM cards may have a rather short SIM card or balance expiration. Make sure you understand what your international SIM comes with.  

OneSimCard is 100% prepaid. It does not require any contracts or connection fees.

Every OneSimCard features free incoming calls in over 160 countries on your primary European number.  Moreover, your friends and family can send you free SMS to that number as well from onesimcard.com. No matter where you are in the world, all your incoming SMS to OneSimCard’s primary number are free to receive.

We hope this summary helped you to make a choice. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or contact Customer Support on onesimcard.com or check out our lineup of international SIM cards here. Customer Support is available via chat, phone or email. Talk to you soon!

Happy travels!

International SIM card for seafarers.

Different ports in different countries, often hundreds even thousands of miles apart, means many seafarers have to spend a lot of time away from their family and friends.  This is why being able to stay connected to their loved ones is so important.

Seafarers travel all over the globe and need a reliable and affordable internet connection no matter where they go. Satellite mobile connectivity is often expensive, and onboard Wi-Fi connection is not always available. Finding a mobile service provider at a new port every time can be as easy as learning a new language.

Luckily, OneSimCard has seafarers covered. OneSimCard’s international SIM cards can help seafarers stay connected conveniently and affordably virtually anywhere they sail. Best of all, it takes just one sim card.

Coverage

OneSimCard works in over 200 countries. No need to waste time finding local mobile carrier shops, tinkering with yet another disposable sim card. Get connected even before you dock with OneSimCard and get the most out of your stay.

In addition, many countries feature more than one carrier, which effectively increases the coverage in those countries.

See all coverage and rates at onesimcard.com/rates

Save money on Connectivity

Enjoy low high-speed data rates. OneSimCard features free incoming calls in over 160 countries on your primary European number that comes with every SIM card.  Moreover, your friends and family can send you free SMS from onesimcard.com no matter where you are in the world. All your incoming SMS on OneSimCard’s primary number are free as well.

Local phone numbers are available in 60+ countries to make it even more convenient for other people to reach you.

Stay in full control of your spending. The whole service is 100% prepaid, so there are no contracts to sign, and we offer a range of recharge settings to put you in the driver’s seat when it comes to spending.

Discount plans – More ways to save

Discount data, voice, and SMS plans are a great way to save even more money on high volume usage.

Data plans are especially popular.

With OneSimCard you get a variety of choices when it comes to data plans, so you never overpay.  Data plans range from 150 MB to 10 GB of high-speed data and everything in between. There are even different terms from 7 to 30 days to accommodate various stay durations.

Connectivity for any Device

Whether you have a phone, tablet, computer, a personal Wi-Fi hot spot or even a smartwatch, we have a connectivity solution for you.  OneSimCard comes in all sizes and including eSIM, which can be downloaded to your eSIM-capable device.

Just make sure your device is unlocked (some carriers lock devices to prevent them from being used on other networks) and you are good to go.

24/7 Customer Support

With OneSimCard, you get customer support when you need it. No matter where you are in the world, our 24/7 tech support is always standing by to answer any questions you may have in English and Spanish.

To learn more about our international sim card, and the discount plan line-up it comes with, visit onesimcard.com. You can also contact our Customer Support via chat, phone or email. Talk to you soon!

Happy travels!

 

Need a prepaid SIM card for Istanbul, Turkey? Get that and more with OneSimCard.

Istanbul, Turkey. Photo credit Meriç Dağlı

Very few cities can match Istanbul’s historic heritage.  Founded in 660 BCE as Byzantion, it became Constantinople in 330 CE and finally Istanbul in 1923. Strategically located between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, the city has been highly influential in geopolitical and cultural affairs.

Many cultures left their mark on the city during this long period: from architecture to cuisine and everything in between. For this reason some say that Istanbul isn’t just one city, but many cities in one.

Whichever way you decide to explore Istanbul, OneSimCard can provide you with different options to stay connected.

Data, Voice and Text connectivity for less money is just the beginning. OneSimCard offers 14 data plans for Turkey which can be added to your SIM card including eSIM at any time. You can even add a local phone number to your OneSimCard in addition to the phone numbers already on it.

Moreover, with OneSimCard you get access to 2 mobile networks in Turkey. This effectively provides you with extra coverage comparing to any single network provider. Of course, the coverage does not stop there. International SIM card from OneSimCard works in over 200 countries.

There is no need to wait until you arrive into Turkey and waste valuable time trying to find a mobile phone service provider locally.  Order or download your travel sim card at onesimcard.com today and start enjoying global wireless freedom without the high cost.

 

Is an Unlimited Data Plan for international travel the best option?

Making a call on the road. Photo credit Andrea Piacquadio

Unlimited Data plans are quite common thanks to domestic mobile service providers and decreasing data costs.

The international travel variety offers similar “all-you-can-use” options at an attractive price per MB. However, focusing on the price alone can end up costing you a lot more at the end.

Even if you are ready to overpay for the convenience, are you sure that you are getting everything you need with the unlimited plan?

When it comes to international travel, there are more variables to consider.

Will you be covered in between destinations? Will you get the same high internet speed all the time? Will you get a phone number? Customer support in your language? Do you even need unlimited data plan to begin with?

Focusing on price alone can leave you wanting more very soon. Let’s take a closer look at the things you may want to consider when selecting unlimited plan for your next foreign trip.

Trip Duration and Data Usage

The first and most obvious question is whether you need unlimited data in the first place.

Not all of us need to stream HD video movies, or have many people connected to a personal Wi-Fi device while on the go abroad.

Map navigation, app messaging, occasional internet browsing normally do not use a lot of data.  A few GB or even less may be more than sufficient especially on a shorter trip. Many hotels offer free Wi-Fi. You can even predownload large media files and navigation maps to your phone for later use with some apps.

With unlimited plans, you may be simply overpaying for data you will never use. In this case, checking for other options can save you money. There are plans from 150MB to 10GB of high-speed data and everything in between.

Data Speed

This point is an important one, especially for those who rely on and expect high-speed data.  If the unlimited plan you are considering even offers high-speed data, check how long is it going to last.

Many so-called unlimited data plans will throttle data speed after you exceed a certain data limit. The speed can downgrade to 3G and even slower, transporting you to the good old dial-up modem times.

All OneSimCard plans come with fast 4G speeds without any throttling. You can even enable your plan to renew automatically for smooth web surfing experience.

Coverage

Many plans apply to a particular country and to a particular network. They do not cover anything in between.

If your trip includes several countries or international layovers, never mind potential flight delays, you’ll have to figure out how to securely stay connected in those situations.

Your current provider may force you to buy another (unlimited?) plan for each new country.

OneSimCard offers zone coverage for its data plans. This means that the same plan will work in all countries included in that zone.

For example, Zone B data plans on the Universal sim card and eSIM includes 125 countries. When you arrive in any of those countries, the plan you purchased simply works. If you move to another country in the zone, the same plan will be still available.

Moreover, many countries feature multiple carriers you can connect to, which effectively increases your coverage within a country.

Other ways to connect

 Is buying a data plan the only way to connect to a network? Generally, it is not. However, some service providers will require you to purchase a data plan (unlimited or not) to get any connectivity. This is quite limiting.

If there is no internet connection for one reason or another, you want to be able to make calls or at least send a text message.

With OneSimCard all data plans are optional. Voice, Text and Data are always available on pay-as-you-go basis.  You also get a phone number that you can use for calls and SMS, including free incoming calls in 160 countries and free incoming SMS everywhere.  Plus (and it’s a big one), you can add local phone numbers to your SIM in over 60 countries!

Conclusion

There is a lot more than just price to consider when selecting the right data plan for your trip. Coverage, data speed and extra features play an important role in choosing the right connectivity solution.

To learn more about our international sim card and the discount plan line-up it comes with visit onesimcard.com.

If you need any help choosing connectivity for your next trip, you are welcome to contact our Customer Support by phone or online. Customer Support is available 24/7 in English and Spanish.

Happy travels!

Connect your smartwatch and other devices globally with international eSIM.

Did you know you can use OneSimCard eSIM with certain smartwatches directly? That’s right. Unleash your inner secret service agent with global international esim from OneSimCard.  Enjoy Data, Talk and Text connectivity in over 170 countries from the convenience of your wrist!

  • Add a Discount Data Plan? Check.
  • Use a local phone number in 60+ countries? Check.
  • Get connected right away? You got it. With eSIM there is no shipping, simply download and go!

Currently OneSimCard eSIM works on the following smartwatches: Samsung Watch S4, Huawei Watch 2 Pro.

In addition to smartwatches, the eSIM works with many popular esim-capable phones like Apple iPhone, Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy, and even tablets like Microsoft Surface.  More compatible devices are added on a regular basis.

Don’t have an eSIM capable watch or phone? No problem. You can still use a physical OneSimCard with virtually any unlocked device.  With OneSimCard you can stay connected anywhere you want and any way you want!

Learn more about OneSimCard international eSIM and download from onesimcard.com/esim

Get Rewarded for Referrals with Credit on Your Account

Did you know that OneSimCard customers can earn free credit on their account by simply helping people they know save money on OneSimCard service?

OneSimCard referral program will credit your account $10 USD for each of your friends and family who you refer to us and sign up for this service. The person you refer will also receive a 10% discount on their purchase including any international sim card or travel esim.

There is no limit to the number of customers you refer to us and you will receive a $10 credit for each of the referrals when they keep the service for 3 months or longer.

All OneSimCard customers are eligible to participate. No extra registration is required. To take advantage of this program login to your account, click on “Refer a Friend”, and follow the instructions on the page. It’s that simple!

So what are you waiting for? Help your friends and family save money on OneSimCard and get rewarded!

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Reopening Information and Best Practices for Traveling in the Age of COVID-19

COVID-19 has severely impacted the travel and tourism industry, decimating a sector responsible for generating approximately $2.9 trillion in global GDP. To curb the spread of the disease, most governments had to order a lockdown, and most of us feel like it’s taking forever. Fortunately, the world is recovering, and governments are reopening their borders.

The biggest question lingering in people’s minds is whether the changes put in place will remain, or if the travel industry will ever get back to pre-COVID levels. 

GlobeTrender virtually hosted several industry players to weigh in on the matter. Jeremy Bowen, Cirium’s CEO, the Red Savannah CEO, George Morgan-Grenville, and Paul Charles, the CEO of the PC Agency shed some insight into the topic.

According to Bowel, rebuilding trust tops the list of the challenges faced by the travel sector during this time of Coronavirus. How will the passengers be convinced that it’s safe to travel on aircraft or other modes of transport again? It’s a hard nut to crack and has raised lots of debate.

As a result, various suggestions such as PPE, enforced social distancing, and testing have come up. What’s essential is, whatever precautions are put into place, the passengers must be ensured of safety. 

For most industries, people can keep working from home after the reopening. Travel, however, cannot conform to this new era. The leisure travel industry will return to normalcy as predicted by Bowen.

Traveling in the New Age: Here Are the Best Practices

According to experts, you should stay at home until the global numbers reduce significantly. Even then, the biggest question remains on whether or not travelers will go back to their pre-COVID habits or adopt the new normalcy as part of their lives. 

It is likely that most people will refrain from luxury travel, even as countries open up their borders. Others will take the risk and take the first plane out. Whichever the case, the best practice will be to learn how to live and adapt to the disease.

According to George Morgan Grenville, traveling may get consolidated for the next two years, where people will rebook their 2021 holidays. However, the booking levels for 2021 may not reach those of 2019.

Well, if you may be thinking of planning a vacation anytime soon, here are some things that you should consider.

  • Plan Ahead

The key to traveling amid the global pandemic is having all the facts. Ensure you do some research on the Coronavirus cases in your destination. You also need to evaluate the risk factors as well as those of the people you are traveling with or visiting. 

People who are older than 65 are better off staying at home. Additionally, if you plan on visiting these people, you need to be extra careful since they are at a much higher risk. Similarly, children and people with pre-existing conditions should also consider not traveling for the same reason. 

  • Get Tested

Getting tested will help determine whether you are an active carrier of the disease or not. Unfortunately, some people can be asymptomatic and risk spreading the disease to other people during the trip. You can also get infected as you travel from one place to another.

Ensure that you self-quarantine as you await the results. You should also quarantine upon arrival at your destination. If you develop any signs of the disease, however mild, be sure to consult a doctor before traveling. 

  • Bring Your Medical and Travel History with You

Most border checks will require proof of your medical and travel history before you can enter. As you are packing, ensure that you have all the necessary documents with you. Your medical documents should include updated records of the last two weeks. If you have had a recent COVID-19 test, ensure that you include the results as well.

Before boarding any flight, you will be required to prove that your chances of being in contact with the disease are minimal. Anyone who has been traveling in the last 14 days to a different part of the world may be at risk and you may be denied access to certain flights and borders. 

  • Follow All the Guidelines

WHO has provided several guidelines for people across the globe to follow. If you are going to take the risk and travel anyway, be sure to comply with these guidelines. The most essential one is covering your nose and mouth with a mask and avoid touching them as well. Most airports will not allow you to travel without your face mask.

Regardless of the means of travel that you plan to use, avoid touching people or things, maintain a safe distance from everyone, and avoid crowded places. Ensure that you wash your hands regularly and always bring some sanitizer with you. 

  • Bring OneSimCard

When you are traveling, make sure you have reliable and affordable means of communications. With OneSimCard international SIM card and travel eSIM, you can stay connected with your friends and family in over 200 countries.

Enjoy data from $0.01/MB; multiple discount data plans available.  Local phone numbers in 60+ countries. Low cost calls and texts.  Free incoming calls and SMS in many countries.

You can even order special phone numbers for SMS verifications and much more.

Government Guidelines Across the World

Several governments across the world have been reopening their borders. Popular destination s are now accepting international travelers into their countries. However, it won’t be business as usual, since most of them are placing restrictions on travelers.

The European Union announced that it would be reopening the borders for 14 countries. However, the union extended the travel ban for citizens from high-risk countries including the US, Russia, and Brazil. 

Popular island destinations such as Bali and Barbados are also planning to reopen soon. The Governor of Bali announced that the island would be open for international tourism in September and domestic tourism would resume on July 9th. 

Barbados, on the other hand, opened its borders for tourists from all countries on the 1st of July. However, the island has strict regulations that travelers need to adhere to, depending on where they come from. Tourists from high-risk countries like the US, for example, will need to take a test and test negative within 72 hours of traveling to the island. 

While countries across the globe are taking safety precautions, some have been forced to have some internal measures in place as well. The US is one such country and is considered one of the high-risk countries. As of today,  New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut require travelers from 16 states to self-quarantine upon getting into these States

Different countries have varying measures in place for international and domestic travel. However, as more countries continue to reopen their borders, it is evident that things won’t go back to normal, although the travel industry will soon be back to business. 

Is the Luxury Travel Industry Going To Bounce Back Faster than  Other Sectors?

Unlike other businesses, the luxury sector has started enjoying a constant increase in inquiries. According to George Morgan-Grenville, the inquiries of the Red Savannah have increased steadily in recent months. But this does not deny that COVID-19’s impact has dampened demands from travelers, and the inquiries are still low.

The return of other business sectors will depend on the numbers affected by the virus, and a clear vision of where the businesses are heading. Most business people will be a bit cautious to reopen without a sign that they will thrive again in the COVID age. For this reason, the luxury travel industry will probably bounce back before the other sectors.

Though the travel industry may revive before the other sectors, it will still take years to rebound. As a result, flying will become expensive with time, unless the airlines innovate strategies to lower fares to lure many passengers. Nevertheless, the travel industry needs to cooperate with global institutions and governments to connect the world again during the COVID-19 period.

 

Photo Credits:

Woman wearing a mask by Anna Shvets

You can now use OneSimCard international eSIM with more iOS and Android phones, smart watches and even Windows tablets.

OneSimCard international eSIM has dramatically expanded the list of compatible devices. You can now use Data, Voice and Texts, as well get local numbers and discount plans worldwide on many more devices. This includes iOS and Android phones, smart watches and even Windows tablets. See the full list below.

iOS

  • iPhone XS*
  • iPhone XS Max*
  • iPhone XR*
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE 2 (2020)
  • iPad Air/Pro (3rd Gen)
  • iPad Mini 5

Android    

  • Google Pixel 4, 4XL
  • Google Pixel 3a*
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold
  • Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
  • Samsung Watch S4
  • Huawei Watch 2 Pro
  • Huawei P40, P40 Pro

Windows 10

  • Acer Swift 7
  • ASUS NovaGo
  • HP Envy x2
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 630
  • Lenovo Yoga 630
  • Microsoft Surface Pro X/Go 2/Pro with LTE Advanced

*Important Note: iPhone XS and XR manufactured for the Chinese Market have 2 physical SIM card slots and are not eSIM capable. iPhones and Pixel phones can’t use eSIM if the phone was purchased in Japan, or if bought with Verizon or Charter service. Check with your service provider to ensure your device can operate with a 3rd party eSIM.

All existing OneSimCard eSIMs that were sold prior to this announcement will work on those devices as well.

At this time OneSimCard eSIM covers over 160 countries.  Download your OneSimCard international esim today and start enjoying wireless freedom without the high cost.

 

  • Data from $0.01/MB; multiple discount data plans available
  • Local phone numbers in 60+ countries
  • Low cost calls and texts. Free incoming calls and SMS in many countries
  • Simply download and go! No shipping needed.

 

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Social distancing when traveling abroad is easier with OneSimCard

Photo by Valdemaras D. from Pexels

This vacation season get the most out of social distancing with OneSimCard. Stay connected wherever you travel and enjoy a peace of mind.

In addition to saving you money on roaming charges, OneSimCard offers multiple networks per country in many locations. Extra networks provide more coverage when you need it, especially if you decide to go off the beaten path.

Enjoy navigation, communications and your favorite apps the moment you step off the plane. No need to spend time finding and visiting local stores; simply install OneSimCard on your phone before the trip and you are ready to go.

  • Save on Calls, Texts & Data in over 200 countries
  • Multiple networks within many countries = more coverage
  • Fast Unthrottled 4G Data for all your internet needs
  • Add Local numbers in over 60 countries
  • 24/7 Customer Support

Buy your physical OneSimCard international sim online today or download an eSIM from onesimcard.com