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Best International SIM Cards For World Travellers

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Best International SIM Cards For World Travellers

Only when travelling abroad do you realize how many things you take for granted. If you are American and travel to the UK, it might shock you to see that people drive on the left. If you are British and travel to France, electrical sockets are different.

Despite how globalized the world is today, countries still have differences. The same applies to something as vital as your phone functionalities.

This small gadget contains a lot of information you need, such as your bank accounts, contacts, apps, and much more. Imagine that you want to log in to your bank app when you need it the most, but you are not granted access because you are abroad. Internet access has become as important as electricity and running water.

Even when you want to use your phone for menial things overseas, you must have a special plan to make sure your phone doesn’t work slow than usual. You can’t afford any of these uncomfortable situations as an expat, so good internet access is necessary. To help you with that, in this article, you will discover some of the best SIM cards for world travellers, plus their functionalities and price points.

 

Google Fi can provide a great internet connection for world travellers

Google Fi can provide a great internet connection for world travellers

GOOGLE FI

Google Fi is very popular among expats because it does not belong to the big three US telecommunications companies (Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T). It offers distinctive features. Google Fi employs Wi-Fi hotspots and US Cellular and T-Mobile as carriers. You can enjoy the benefits if you have a smartphone (Android, iPhone or Pixel) compatible with Fi or designed for Fi.

The price varies according to your needs and how many people are in the plan. However, what you will always get on Fi is unlimited calls and texts, no contracts or activation fees, contact controls, data budgets, a built-in VPN, spam blocking and 24/7 customer support. Plus, you can cancel at any time without paying any hidden fees. To simplify, the prices are for just one person, and taxes and government fees are not included. You can check all the prices per person here. Remember that you can change the number of people in your plan.

The Simply Unlimited plan costs $50 USD and includes:

  • Up to 35 GB of high-speed data.
  • Unlimited data, calls and texts within the US, Canada and Mexico.
  • Affordable calls from the US to over 200 destinations.
  • Free calls to Canada and Mexico
  • Up to 5 GB per month of hotspot tethering.

The Unlimited Plus plan costs $65 USD and includes:

  • Up to 50 GB of high-speed data.
  • Unlimited data, calls and texts within the US, Canada and Mexico.
  • Affordable calls from the US to over 200 destinations. Plus, free calls to over 50 destinations, such as Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Canada, Mexico, and many more.
  • Unlimited Hotspot tethering.
  • Data for other devices.
  • One year of YouTube Premium.
  • 100 GB of cloud storage with Google Drive.
  • Free texts and 20 cents per call while travelling outside the US, Canada and Mexico.

Finally, the Flexible plan costs $20 USD in the beginning. You can get the following:

  • Up to 15 GB of high-speed data.
  • Bill protection that caps your charges every month.
  • Data, calls and texts within the US, Canada and Mexico with Bill Protection for $10 USD per GB.
  • The $10 USD price also applies to data while travelling outside the US, Canada and Mexico.
  • Free calls to Canada and Mexico.
  • Affordable calls from the US to over 200 destinations.
  • Free texts and 20 cents per call while travelling outside the US, Canada and Mexico.

 

OneSimCard Expedition SIM offers Data Coverage in over 170 countries

OneSimCard Expedition SIM offers data coverage in more than 170 countries

ONESIMCARD

This company promotes itself as the option for savvy travellers and offers various International SIM Cards that fit each traveller’s needs. OneSimCard claims that its prepaid cards will help you save 85% on international roaming charges while you travel across the globe. Plus, each International SIM card includes a European and Australian number. As a bonus, you can add other numbers in many other countries.

In case you only travel to countries in Europe, like Spain, Portugal, North Macedonia and Andorra, there is a unique Europe and More SIM with Direct Dial calling from 45 countries and low calling rates to the US and Canada. Should you look for better data rates on your devices, you can get the OneSimCard Expedition SIM, which offers Internet Data Coverage in over 170 countries, sensational data packages, and billing increments as low as 1KB.

Let us cover each International SIM Card Rate and its main features.

Universal SIM ($29.95 USD)

  • It includes two phone numbers from Europe and USA, Canada, the UK, and Australia. You can also add numbers in over 60 other countries.
  • Free incoming calls are received on the EU number in 162 countries. Outgoing calls cost at least 25 c/min.
  • Free incoming SMS text messages everywhere.
  • Mobile data service starting from 1 c/MB. There exist daily, weekly, and monthly packages.
  • Optional Wi-Fi calling app for Apple iOS and Android devices.
  • Live technical support.
  • 4G services in over 50 countries.
  • Company’s bestseller

Expedition SIM ($34.95 USD)

  • It includes two phone numbers from Europe and USA, Canada, the UK, and Australia. You can also add numbers in over 60 other countries.
  • Internet Data Coverage in over 170 countries.
  • No contracts, no hidden roaming charges, and no connection fees.
  • Mobile data service from 1 c/MB. There exist daily, weekly, and monthly packages.
  • Optional Wi-Fi calling app for Apple iOS and Android devices.
  • Perfect for iPads, tablets, computers and MiFi hotspot devices.
  • Live technical support.

eSIM World ($9.95 USD)

  • Virtual second SIM card. Thus, it allows the use of two simultaneous service providers.
  • Free incoming calls are received on the EU number in 162 countries. Outgoing calls cost at least 25 c/min.
  • No contracts, no hidden roaming charges, and no connection fees.
  • Mobile data service from 1 c/MB. There exist daily, weekly, and monthly packages.
  • It is downloaded and installed on your device, so you do not need a SIM card to get shipped.
  • Perfect for travellers worldwide.
  • Works with unlocked phones only.
  • Live technical support

eSIM Asiana ($9.95 USD)

  • Virtual second SIM card. Thus, it allows the use of two simultaneous service providers.
  • No contracts, no hidden roaming charges, and no connection fees.
  • Mobile data service from 1 c/MB. There exist daily, weekly, and monthly packages.
  • Extra low rates in Oceania and Asia.
  • It is downloaded and installed on your device, so you do not need a SIM card to get shipped.
  • Includes one European number and can add numbers in over 60 other countries.
  • Perfect for travellers in select countries, especially Asia.
  • Works with unlocked phones only.
  • Live technical support.

 

Related content: The Basics Of How To Get A Second Passport Or A Second Residency

 

Flexiroam is a good option because it offers a mobile application for users

Flexiroam is a good option because it offers a mobile application for users

FLEXIROAM

This is the eSIM I use. Flexiroam is a global mobile data provider offering data roaming rates to stay connected to the internet. This product (Flexiroam SIM and eSIM) is aimed at corporate travellers and frequent tourists. It allows users to top up, buy credit and rent international numbers from 55 countries without hassle. Users will enjoy calling rates from 1 c/min to international numbers. Flexiroam has partnered with airlines and telecommunication operators to offer the mobile application to the target audience. Let us check out some of the plans the company offers.

150+ Country Data 11GB 360 Days + FREE eSIM ($319.99 USD)

This is aimed at frequent travellers, group travellers, and aircrews, whether for work or leisure. This plan and the eSIM activation require the Flexiroam app. One eSIM for multiple countries. This plan offers affordable roaming bills and no hidden charges.

150+ Country Data 7GB 360 Days + FREE eSIM ($199.99 USD)

Similar to the previous option.

The rest of the plans are cheaper and offer less data and/or durability. To check all the options, go to their official website and make sure you are accessing it on your phone.

 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

As an expat, you need to stay connected globally to do business and have access to all your digital arsenal: contacts, bank accounts, maps, Uber, and much more. In this article, although you have just learned about three companies that offer SIM cards for world travellers, you have enough information to pick one that suits your needs. Depending on where you plan to live and travel, you should choose one option over the other. Speaking of which, if you intend to go abroad and start your expat journey, remember that you can apply to work with me, and I will create the best plan for you to secure your new life abroad.

 


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Mikkel Thorup

Written by Mikkel Thorup

Mikkel Thorup is the world’s most sought-after expat consultant. He focuses on helping high-net-worth private clients to legally mitigate tax liabilities, obtain a second residency and citizenship, and assemble a portfolio of foreign investments including international real estate, timber plantations, agricultural land and other hard-money tangible assets. Mikkel is the Founder and CEO at Expat Money®, a private consulting firm started in 2017. He hosts the popular weekly podcast, the Expat Money Show, and wrote the definitive #1-Best Selling book Expat Secrets - How To Pay Zero Taxes, Live Overseas And Make Giant Piles Of Money, and his second book: Expats Guide On Moving To Mexico.

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