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.

 

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!

Log in to your account.

 

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.

 

Download OneSimCard international eSIM.

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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

Data plan price decrease on the Expedition SIM card. Up to 40% Off!

Data plan price decrease on OneSimCard Universal

Effective April 29, 2020 the following rates and coverage are in effect on Zone A data plans: 1000MB – $12.00, 2000MB -$20.00, 5000MB – $40.00.

Discount Data plans provide extra savings on high volume data usage. Great for maps, video, social media and everything in between.

Other providers make you buy a separate plan for each country you visit. OneSimCard saves you money by letting you use the same plan in ALL countries included in the plan.  Zone A includes over 40 countries:

Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, S. Ossetia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St. Martin – French, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA, Uzbekistan and Vatican City

What? You want even more coverage? Then check out Zone B that covers 110 countries!

If you are looking for data SIM card with Voice and SMS capabilities, OneSimCard Expedition can be an excellent choice.

See all rates and coverage here: onesimcard.com/rates

Securely receive SMS verification online on your private mobile number or email.

With growing concerns about online security today, more and more companies use 2-factor authentication (2FA) or 2-step Verification (2SV) for their services access.

The secondary security layer, which comes in addition to entering your login + password combo, helps protect your account from unauthorized access. The extra verification commonly involves a security code sent to you via SMS.

 

Account SMS Verification for Travelers and Expats and temporary residents.

2FA / 2SV is often a default security check when opening an account online.  SMS verification may also trigger automatically, when you register or login from a new unrecognized location. This can be a real problem for international travelers or expats who may not have a mobile number capable of securely receiving that verification SMS.

Another affected group is temporary visitors like business people, temporary workers and students. They often have to open bank and others accounts in the US. However, after their departure they may no longer be able to access their accounts online.

OneSimCard can help. With OneSimCard you can securely receive verification SMS anywhere in the world regardless of your location, IP address or device. OneSimCard provides you with a special US mobile number that allows you to forward Verification SMS to any email address or any other mobile number of your choice.

The mobile number works with many different companies like WhatsApp, US banks and many other financial institutions like PayPal.

 

Online Management without any SIM card.

OneSimCard Mobile SMS Verification numbers do not require any physical SIM cards. You can manage SMS forwarding completely online. Change your SMS forwarding preferences as many times as you need. Simply log in to your secure online web account and make your changes.

Existing OneSimCard customers can easily add these verification SMS numbers in the Personal Extra Numbers (PEN) section of their web account.

 

Security is a priority

Many free online services with disposable group phone numbers offer questionable security for your verification message. Their numbers are often shared with other people and your verification code (if it arrives) can be visible publically. This is a dangerous way to verify important accounts.

In contrast, OneSimCard verification phone numbers are completely secure. They   utilize reputable domestic networks to rout your messages every time. Nothing is posted publically and your message is forwarded to the destination you specified.

 

How to Order a US SMS Verification mobile number 

Ready to receive your verification SMS right now? These numbers are available only on onesimcard.com.

Buy your phone number for SMS verifications here.