Traveling to Sydney, Australia? Check out these attractions.

Circular Quay from the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney, Australia

Visiting Sydney during off-season could be a good way to avoid crowds. Here are some sightseeing ideas for your trip.

Excellent transport system and tailor-made tours make it easy to enjoy Sydney’s natural and man-made assets. Bustling Circular Quay is home to the city’s main ferry terminal and a launching point for popular Harbor cruises.

The Rocks

The nearby Rocks with its cobbled laneways is the place of Australia’s first European settlement. Check out the Rocks Discovery Museum, which traces the area’s transformation from traditional aboriginal lands, to convict slum, to tourist hotspot.

Sydney Opera House

The instantly recognizable Sydney Opera House is one of the city’s busiest music, arts and performance venues. To learn about the inner workings of this icon, you can take a backstage tour which is available in several languages.

Sydney Harbor Bridge

Nicknamed “the coathanger”, the Sydney Harbor Bridge was opened in 1932. It spans across the Sydney Harbor offering some great views. You can walk, cycle, and even climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

Royal Botanic Gardens

The beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens is a 30-hectare site located nearby. There are walking paths and scenic train rides for kids, plus special Aboriginal Heritage Tours and sample tasty bush foods.

Beaches and Blue Mountains National Park

When it’s time to cool off, head to any of the world-class beaches just minutes from downtown. If you in the mood for some wildernesses, take a day trip to the Blue Mountains National Park. The UNESCO World Heritage Area of breathtaking beauty is just a few hours away from the city.

Stay Connected

And of course, remember to bring your OneSimCard, which comes with an optional free Australian number that can be extended or added at any time. Multiple Discount data plans are also available in Australia.

See all international SIM cards rates and coverage for Australia and other countries.

Exchange your expiring eKit SIM card for a brand new OneSimCard!

Ekit (https://ekit.com) has announced that they will cease operation on June 30th, 2021. Recharges and top ups will not be available after January 31st, 2021. It means that many ekit customers planning to travel soon or in the future will not be able to use their eKit SIM card and will need a new international SIM card to stay connected.

In light of these events, OneSimCard would like to extend its SIM card exchange program to all affected eKit SIM card users.

For a limited time, you can trade in your expiring eKit SIM card for a brand new OneSimCard for free!

OneSimCard’s international SIM provides reliable and affordable mobile roaming in over 200 countries.  

With OneSimCard you get:

  • Free incoming calls in 160+ countries; Free incoming SMS everywhere
  • Includes an EU number plus a choice of USA, Canada, UK or Australia number
  • An option to add extra local numbers in 60+ countries
  • Discount 4G data and voice plans
  • 24/7 Customer Support
  • Many other features

How to trade in your eKIT SIM

Exchanging your eKit sim card is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Step 1. Register with OneSimCard

Step 2.  Mail us your old eKIT SIM

Step 3.  Activate the newly received OneSimCard card in the account you had registered

It’s that simple! Enjoy wireless freedom without the high cost!

Don’t miss your chance to get a free premium international SIM card. Apply for your free OneSimCard today at onesimcard.com/ekit.

Traveling to see cherry blossoms in Taiwan? Bring OneSimCard to save on Voice, Text and Data.

Photo by Angela Lo on Unsplash

Cherry blossoms start blooming in Taiwan as early as February and last through April. Smaller crowds and lower prices than more popular destinations, like Japan, attract many savvy Sakura viewers.

Enjoy the beautiful view of saved money on mobile roaming by using OneSimCard for Voice, Text and Data. Taiwan is now included in “Zone A” on eSIM and OneSimCard Universal. Get data rates as low as $0.018 per MB in #Taiwan as well as in many other countries around the word!

Zone A on eSIM and Universal includes over 80 countries
Zone B on eSIM and Universal includes over 120 countries

Discount Data plan is an optional service that provides extra savings on high volume data usage. Great for gaming, maps, video, social media and everything in between.

See all rates and coverage for Taiwan here.

Shop all international SIM cards at onesimcard.com

Avoid high roaming rates when traveling to Brazil

Extending your summer in Brazil? Nice!

Many consider the best time to visit Rio is between December and March, when the weather is warm and sunny enough to hit the beaches.  

To avoid being burnt by high roaming rates, use OneSimCard to stay connected.

Enjoy affordable high-speed Data, Voice and Text connectivity.  Save even more money with 12 data plans for Brazil designed to meet any need and budget. The plans cover from 75 to over 125 countries – convenient for multi country trips. You can add data plans to your SIM card including eSIM at any time.

You can even add an optional Brazilian phone number to your SIM and roam like a local. Short and long-term number duration options available in 65+ countries.  

Order or download your OneSimCard today and start enjoying wireless freedom without the high cost.

Buy our international SIM for Brazil and other countries at onesimcard.com

Broadcast your discoveries in South Africa using OneSimCard.

The Cradle of Humankind visitor center.

South Africa offers something for every type of traveler. 

From cosmopolitan cities to lush national parks; beautiful beaches to stunning wine regions and historic sites.  This site has been self-proclaimed as The Cradle of Humankind. It is here that the first hominid, Australopithecus, was found in 1924.  

The Cradle of Humankind occupies 47,000 hectares (180 sq mi) and contains a complex of limestone caves. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage site in 1999.

Broadcast your discoveries in modern ways using OneSimCard.

Get Data, Voice and Text connectivity for less money, as well as an optional South African phone number. OneSimCard offers 7 data plans for South Africa which can be added to your SIM card including eSIM at any time.

With OneSimCard SIM you get access to 2 mobile networks in South Africa. This effectively provides you with extra coverage comparing to any single network provider.

So order or download your OneSimCard today and start enjoying wireless freedom without the high cost.

Buy your OneSimCard at onesimcard.com

Photo credit Olga Ernst

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