Roaming in London? Bring OneSimCard.

London, England

Many parts of the U.K. have begun easing lockdown restrictions. Shops, salons, outdoor pubs and restaurants reopened in mid-April across much of the county. More public spaces should open over the next few months.

Country dependent quarantine requirements are still in place, so check government guidelines on what applies in your case. Although discouraged by the officials, traveling to the UK is already possible for many people.

The city of London needs no introduction. The capital city of Great Britain is world famous for its theaters, museums, parks and iconic landmarks including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

If visiting each and every venue is not your thing or not possible for other reasons, here is something to consider. London is a fantastic city for walking and cycling. Neighborhoods such as St. James’s, Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Kensington, Notting Hill and Covent Garden surround the visitor with great sights and sounds at every turn and on each corner.

The London weather in May is also quite comfortable with daytime average temperatures in the 50’s and the City will be a little less crowded then during the peak summer travel months.

Stay Connected

OneSimCard offers great rates in the UK as well as other European countries, and makes an excellent UK sim card choice. OneSimCard comes with an optional free UK phone number that can be extended or added at any time. Local phone numbers  as well as multiple Discount data plans are available in the UK and many other countries.

Check out all international SIM cards rates and coverage for UK and other countries.

How Does the Shut-Down of 2G & 3G Networks Around the World Affect Me?

Cell Tower. Photo by Vyacheslav Shatskiy

Many cellular networks are beginning to, or have already shut down their 2G and 3G networks. Cellular providers are modernizing their networks to 4G and now 5G, and need to use the radio frequencies used to transmit the slower, older 2G and 3G for these faster, newer networks. You can learn more about why networks shut down the older technologies on our IoT blog.

How does it affect your phone and SIM card connectivity?

As network operators around the globe begin to shut down (or “Sunset”) there 2G and 3G networks, your SIM and/or phone may stop working because they won’t operate on the modern networks.

It’s important to note that both a phone and a SIM card need to support the corrects bands for proper connectivity. For example, a SIM card that supports 4G will not work on a phone that only supports 2G and 3G bands and visa versa.

What does this mean for your service with OneSimCard?

OneSimCard eSIM, Universal, Expedition, or Europe SIM cards support all bands up to 4G LTE. As long as you have a 4G capable phone, they will operate as usual.

If you currently have a “Plus” or “Standard” SIM card, these SIM types can only be used for 2G and 3G service. To continue service, and keep your number, you will need to upgrade your SIM to one of the SIMs we offer, which support 4G and 4G LTE bands.

Upgrade Now and Save

To help with the cost of the upgrade, for a limited time, we are offering extra discounts on the Universal SIM cards and all phones!

Now through July 1, 2021, owners of the OneSimCard Standard and Plus SIM Cards can receive 25% off their upgrade to OneSimCard Universal and/or 10% when upgrading their phone.

Simply use the following promo codes during checkout:

25% Off OneSimCard Universal: UPGRADE025

10% Off Any Cell Phone: UPGRADE010 

Start your upgrade now at onesimcard.com.

Croatia: European travel best kept destination secret?

The Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik, Croatia

As Schengen zone countries are still figuring out their border reopening plans for the 2021 summer season, some European destinations are already welcoming qualified travelers.

Croatia is currently open to US leisure travelers with access requirements in place. More entry details at the US Embassy.

Croatia is located at the crossroads of Central Europe, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean. The country is blessed with a beautiful coast, which stretches over 1100 miles on the eastern side of the Adriatic Sea.

Located near the very south of the coast, the city of Dubrovnik is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. For centuries, the city’s prosperity has been attributed to its role as a major seaport in the region. Today Dubrovnik is also one of the most elite destinations in the Mediterranean.

Some 1200 islands are located near the shores of Croatia. In the 19th century dozens of lighthouses were constructed to improve the safety of the waters amid those islands. In recent years, many lighthouses and the apartments that were once home to the lighthouse keepers’ families were converted into inns. Tourists can book those apartments to experience the isolated life of a lighthouse keeper (and enjoy social distancing at an entirely new level).   

Stay Connected

No matter how isolated you are planning to get during your travels, having a reliable means of communication is always a good idea. OneSimCard will provide you with all the connectivity you may need including Voice, SMS and Data with multiple Discount data plans in Croatia, through Europe and around the world. You can even add a local phone number in Croatia to your SIM card at any time.

See all international SIM cards for Croatia and other countries.

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!