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

Is the new Apple iPhone SE 2 2020 good for traveling?

Apple iPhone SE 2 2020

The new iPhone SE 2 is here to replace the original SE version, which Apple stopped selling in 2018. Starting at a $400 price tag, the second generation SE with its latest processor and solid camera among other things looks like a good choice for the international and domestic traveler.

Last week Apple officially announced the new iPhone SE 2, a lower-cost iPhone that starts at $399 for a version with 64GB of storage. The device sports traditional iPhone design featuring a 4.7-inch screen, large bezels on the top and bottom, and a home button with Touch ID.

Unlike its predecessor, SE 2 has a better camera, more powerful processor, and a lower price tag. The most affordable iPhone yet features A13 Bionic, the fastest chip in a smartphone, the same chip that is available in the latest iPhone 11 and 11 Pro models.

Camera

Apple calls it “The Best Single-Camera System in an iPhone”. Let’s see why.

There is a single 12-megapixel camera lens on the back (along with a flash). It uses the A13 Bionic chip to improve its Smart HDR photography, which combines multiple shots into a single photo to improve lighting and detail.

It also has a portrait mode with technology Apple calls “monocular depth sensing.” It uses machine learning to detect depth and face, which, unfortunately, means that it will only work on people, not pets.

It includes optical image stabilization, and Apple says it can do “cinematic” stabilization on video as well as support 4K video at 60fps. The front-facing selfie camera is 7-megapixels, and it can also do portrait mode effects.

In the early tests by online aficionados, the camera performed on par with more expensive iPhone siblings in good light conditions. Low light photographs were not as impressive, but still acceptable by many standards.

Not bad for a $400 iPhone.

Dual SIM Card: eSIM + regular SIM

Dual SIM with eSIM provides the flexibility for users to have two separate phone numbers on a single device while traveling abroad or for use as a business line. This means 2 separate mobile wireless service plans.

This can be also useful when crossing borders and wanting to save on your home carriers roaming fees or avoid dealing with the hassles of a local SIM card.

OneSimCard can help in any of these scenarios.

OneSimCard eSIM works perfectly with the iPhone SE 2 model as well as many other esim enabled iPhones including  iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max.

So if you are looking for eSIM for your iPhone, you can order and download it right now from our website. No shipping required.

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Bands

iPhone SE A2296 Supports the following bands, which should be sufficient for connectivity around the world including Japan, Myanmar  and South Korea.

  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66)
  • TD-LTE (Bands 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48)

Battery life

The new iPhone SE battery size hasn’t been announced by Apple yet. The battery is likely to be very similar to the iPhone 8 capacity, which came with a 1,821mAh power pack.

The A13 Bionic’s chip is supposed to enable a better battery life for iPhone SE 2. However, it still does not come close to a larger capacity iPhone 11 line with the same chip.  At the end of the day battery size matters.

Early testers have managed to get a full day of battery life out of SE 2, which is comparable to the overall performance to the iPhone 8 model.

For those spending days out and about and heavy users, an extra battery charger may be a good idea.

General Specs

IPHONE SE 2 2020 SPECS

  • Screen: 4.7-inch True Tone display
  • Rear cameras: 12-megapixel single 6-element lens, features OIS, flicker sensor for white balance, focus pixels, HDR, and portrait mode for people, video recording at 4K/60fps
  • Selfie camera: 7-megapixel camera
  • Dimensions: 67.3 x 138.4 x 7.3mm, 148 grams
  • Processor: A13 Bionic
  • Memory: TBD
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB
  • Battery: TBD
  • OS: iOS 13
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit LTE, Dual SIM with eSIM
  • Biometric authentication: second-generation Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • Wireless charging, Lightning connector, 5W charger included
  • IP67 protection

 

Other modernized specs include Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit LTE, Haptic Touch, which is Apple’s replacement for 3D Touch, amounting to a long press with haptic feedback.

There is no headphone jack, but it will come with Lightning headphones in the box.

Conclusion

The jury is still out on the battery life and overall performance. With its comparatively smaller size, solid camera and affordable price it should make a good travelling companion around the world.  However, if you are looking for an iPhone with a more versatile camera and longer battery life consider other models.

Traveling with an iPhone?  Don’t forget your OneSimCard international eSIM to save big on Data, Voice and SMS around the world!

Order a physical international SIM card or travel eSIM for iPhone today!

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.

 

Morocco is now included in “Zone A” and Zone “B” Data Plans

Photo by Kyriacos Georgiou (@koullislp)

Morocco is now included in both “Zone A” and Zone “B” Data Plans on eSIM and OneSimCard Universal. Enjoy data rates as low as $0.018 per MB in Morocco 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.

Local phone numbers are also available in Morocco (proof of residency may be required).

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OneSimCard Is Here For You

As your trusted connectivity partner, OneSimCard is committed to staying open and ready to support our clients around the world during these turbulent times.

If you need assistance, please use any of the contact options available on this page onesimcard.com/contact

You can also call us at 001-617-313-8888 during normal business hours. Remember: The first 3 minutes are free when calling that number from a OneSimCard enabled phone!

At this time Customer Support available in English and Spanish. Talk to you soon!

OneSimCard Assists Stranded Travelers by Slashing eSIM Prices

In Response to the Global COVID-19 Virus Pandemic & the Vast Numbers of Stranded Travelers, OneSimCard Cuts the Cost of eSIMs for Global Roaming by 50%

In an effort to assist the thousands of stranded travelers OneSimCard today announced they are slashing the cost of eSIM cards by 50% through April 30, 2020. Because the eSIM is available for immediate download & there is no need to ship a physical SIM, displaced travelers can easily stay in touch with loved ones back home without having to wait for shipping or having to go to a store to purchase a physical SIM; the entire transaction can be accomplished from the safety of one’s hotel room. The eSIM is initially available on compatible devices such as iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, XS, XS Max, and XR, and the Google Pixel 3a, 4 and 4 XL. Full details available here: onesimcard.com/esim. Promo Code for 50% discount is “ESIM50”.

OneSimCard eSIM provides Data, Voice and SMS connectivity in over 160 countries. The OneSimCard eSIM has the advantage of accessing multiple networks in many countries for a more reliable mobile connection. eSIM service can be used either as pay-as-you-go or with optional discount data plans for high volume users. OneSimCard also offers the option of additional local phone numbers in over 60 countries. Customers will also have the ability to use their smartphone as a hotspot enabling multiple devices to enjoy 4G speeds (where available) at no additional charge. Additionally, customers will still be able to use the OneSim VOIP App, available on Google Play and the Apple App Store, for access to OneSimCard’s highly discounted VOIP voice and SMS service.

eSIM, or Embedded SIM, is the latest disruption in the mobile connectivity industry for consumer devices and represents a shift from the traditional physical SIM on which most GSM compatible devices depend for connectivity. eSIM technology is expected to fully replace the physical SIM card in mobile devices in the not-too-distant future because eSIM has many benefits. Consumers will save shipping costs and delivery time by simply downloading the eSIM using a QR code. They can easily switch between providers before, and after, travelling without needing to replace the plastic SIM, & they can now have several profiles on their device (e.g. one for work and one for personal use) –turning their device into a dual SIM phone.

“As a leader in the global roaming market, we felt obligated to the vast number of stranded travelers across the world, and our department heads brainstormed how we can play a part in helping these travelers stay in touch with their loved ones back home,” said OneSimCard CEO Alex Filippov. He added, “We are very concerned about the safety of all the citizens of the world and if we can help families stay in touch while family members are displaced abroad, we are willing to do our part.”

OneSimCard Adds Voice and SMS Capability to International eSIM Service

International Voice and SMS capabilities on eSIM allows customers to enjoy significant savings while traveling overseas with their eSIM enabled mobile device.

OneSimCard, Inc. today announced the addition of Voice and SMS functionality on its worldwide eSIM roaming service for international travelers. This update enables all OneSimCard international eSIMs with voice calling and SMS messaging to existing eSIM data service. The eSIM is initially available on compatible devices such as iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, XS, XS Max, and XR, and the Google Pixel 3a, 3 XL, 4 and 4 XL. Additional devices will be added as compatible devices become commercially available.

At launch, the travel eSIM was limited to data access only, but this enhancement makes OneSimCard one of the only International Roaming services to offer voice, SMS & data on eSIM, allowing customers to enjoy significant savings of up to 85% on all three services (voice, SMS and data). Another great feature was added to the eSIM which allows customers to add a local secondary phone number and make and receive calls and send SMS messages from their local number.

OneSImCard users also have the advantage of accessing multiple networks in many countries for a more reliable mobile connection. They will also have the ability to use their smartphone as a hotspot enabling multiple devices to enjoy 4G speeds (where available) at no additional charge. Additionally, customers will still be able to use the OneSim VOIP App, available on Google Play and the Apple App Store, for access to OneSimCard’s highly discounted VOIP voice and SMS service.

eSIM, or Embedded SIM, is the latest disruption in the mobile connectivity industry for consumer devices and represents a shift from the traditional physical SIM on which most GSM compatible devices depend for connectivity. eSIM technology is expected to fully replace the physical SIM card in mobile devices in the not-too-distant future because eSIM has many benefits. Consumers will save shipping costs and delivery time by simply downloading the eSIM using a QR code. They can easily switch between providers before, and after, traveling without needing to replace the plastic SIM, & they can now have several profiles on their device (e.g. one for work and one for personal use) – turning their device into a dual SIM phone.

OneSimCard’s CEO, Alex Filippov, commented, “The launch Voice and SMS on our eSIM solution is a major addition to eSIM, and we expect tremendous adoption in the months and years to come. We are extremely excited about this new functionality for our global travelers.” Mr. Filippov went on to say, “OneSimCard has always stayed on the forefront of technology and we have already seen many customers switching to eSIM. This will allow our users to enjoy the same great service they are used to from our traditional global roaming SIM.”

Did you know you can use OneSimCard eSIM with Google Pixel 3A and Pixel 4?

In addition to many eSIM capable iPhone models, OneSimCard eSIM can also be used with Google Pixel 3A and Pixel 4.
 
With OneSimCard eSIM you can:
• Take advantage of OneSimCard global data roaming plans without changing the SIM
• Make low cost voice calls and send texts with the free OneSIM VoIP app
• Simply download and go! No shipping needed.
 

5 Things to Try While Attending the Summer Olympics in Tokyo

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

For the second time in fifty-six years, Tokyo, the Japanese capital, will host the Summer Olympic Games. The Olympics are set to take place over two weeks, which gives you ample time to take part in the Games and do a bit of exploring in this great city. Tokyo is one of the biggest and vibrant metropolitan cities in the world and it’s no surprise that it provides an experience like no other. It accommodates the usual sights like museums, unique restaurants and temples but also offers non-traditional experiences that are even more alluring. Why not get enchanted with the beautiful mix of past, present, and future that is Tokyo? Here is a list of unique sites and activities you can indulge in while taking a break from the bustle of the games.

 

1. Cosplay While Driving a Mario Go Kart On The Streets Of Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan – Mario street kart tour

This is one of the most thrilling activities you can do right in the streets of Tokyo. That’s right…you can rent and ride a real-life Mario Go Kart while dressed up as your favorite character. You’re assured of an adrenaline kick from driving past skyscrapers and passing other cars and buses on the road in your tiny go-kart and your cool costume. The karts are easy to run, and all you need is an international driving permit. The ride takes you through areas like Akihabara and Shibuya where you see a variety of sights from quiet residential regions to viewing the bustling city crossings. The views as you cruise around Tokyo Tower and go across the massive Rainbow Bridge are breathtakingly picturesque. Be sure to choose the two-hour course which is enough to get you comfortable driving the go-kart and give you loads of time to visit as much of the city as possible.

2. Experience the Otaku and Kawaii Culture

Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan

In Akihabara, anyone who’s obsessed with electronics or a particular culture such as Anime (AKA the “Otaku”) finds a home. The area features cosplay shops, maid cafes, video game shops and all things colorful and bizarre. There are also a couple of filming locations here that anime fans would find rather exciting. The female version of the experience – Butler cafes – is offered over at Ikebukuro.

Kawaii, the rampant obsession of everything cute, has its own culture and is brought to life in maid cafes. Here the maids dress in slightly risqué cosplay costumes as they serve you. Every cafe has different policies and fines. It’s smart to ask about what you’re allowed to do in the Maid Cafe, like taking pictures, lest you find yourself with a big fine. Otherwise, enjoy your cutely plated meal and relax.

 

3. Shop Till You Drop at Don Quijote, Harajuku and Uniqlo

Takashita Street, Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

Shopping will be high on your to-do list because of the large number of big department stores and sprawling shopping malls all over the city. The first and most natural choice in shopping would be the quirky discount store that is Don Quixote (aka DONKI). This 24-hour store has locations in several areas with its most significant branch (which stands at seven stories) located at Shibuya. It sells everything imaginable from snacks, household goods, traditional souvenirs, clothes, cosmetics, and many more items.

If your tastes run towards the Kawaii culture and all things chic, Harajuku is the place for you. Harajuku is the heart and soul of hundreds of stylish and trendy boutiques that feature high-end street clothing brands. Its streets, like Omotesando Street and Meiji Street, have large shopping malls that cater to adults and Japanese fashion. The teenage culture is covered on Takeshita Street at the center of everything (pictured above). Harajuku also has numerous cafes and food stands ready to offer you tasty treats as you take a break from your hunt of trendy items.

The flagship store of Uniqlo, a Japanese casual-wear designer, is in Ginza. The store covers sprawling 12 floors and offers inexpensive, but high-quality, clothing essentials. So, drop by and see what’s on offer if you find yourself in the neighborhood.

4. Give the Pachinko Parlors a Try

Pachinko parlour

Located all around the city, Pachinko is known as the top gambling game in Japan. What started as a pinball-esque children’s game in its development skyrocketed into a not-so-legal hypnotic game. The Parlour owners have worked a loophole that lets them skirt the laws on gambling and continue staying open. Join the frenzy that attracts practically everyone in Tokyo and seat yourself in front of a Pachinko machine.

 

5. Visit the Japanese Animation Studio Ghibli Museum

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, Japan

Japan is head over heels for anime, so your trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to where the magic happens. Ghibli Studios are the creators of the classic films Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro. Get ready to get a glimpse of Hayao Miyazaki’s works and drawings together with set props from your favorite movies. They show short Japanese animation and give you in-depth information on the history and techniques of bringing animation to life. Make sure you book a ticket early because they get sold out weeks in advance. It’s an experience you don’t want to miss!

 

3 things that will make your stay in Tokyo run smoothly

The summer Olympics is an exciting experience on their own, but it doesn’t hurt to apply some skill and caution while in the city. Here are some ways you can make your stay better.

  • Get OneSimCard

Just because you are traveling doesn’t mean that you should stay off the grid. With OneSimCard international SIM card, you can stay connected with your friends and family as you explore Tokyo and make memories.

See rates and coverage for Japan and other countries here.

  • Get a Suica Card

The Express train is the easiest way to get from one station to the next within Tokyo. A Suica card will work as a ticket on all trains and metro lines and even work on vending machines when you need to buy something. Some shops also accept it as payment which makes it very handy!

  • Don’t forget travel insurance

Japanese health care is rather costly, so make sure your travel insurance is enough to cover you over your stay.

Tokyo has so many quirky & cool things to offer so don’t just stop at our shortlist of adventures. Feel free to make your stay longer or plan another visit to this attractive city to cover more activities and fun!

 

 

Photo Credits:

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan by Jezael Melgoza

Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan  by Andy Miller

Takashita Street, Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan  by Yoav Aziz

Pachinko parlour by Herry Lawford

 

Zone Asiania now covers 15 countries in Asia and Oceania

If you travel to destinations in Asia and Oceania, we have great news for you. You can now save money on 4G data in more countries!

The Zone Asiania data plan on the Universal SIM card has just added 2 more countries (Philippines and South Korea) and now covers 15 countries total. It includes Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

The Asiania plan provides 3000 MB of blazing-fast 4G LTE data for 30 Days and costs only $39.00 USD. If no 4G connection is available, the data will automatically fall back to the next fastest option. If you venture to the nearby country outside of the plan, the pay-as-you-go rates will turn on and keep you connected. It’s that convenient (and affordable)!

All current OneSimCard Universal users can order optional discount plans at any time. No Universal SIM card? Order one here and save: www.onesimcard.com/international-sim-card/universal