I was wondering if there is a single SIM card that would be practical for use in multiple EU countries?
I am aware of a SIM for individual EU states such as these on TP - http://www.travellerspoint.com/sim-cards-destinations.cfm.
What would be the best option for anyone travelling through multiple countries and wishing to use their GSM mobile phone?.
Mario, I think it depends on exactly which European countries you're visiting. Both the companies we've partnered with offer sim cards that seem to offer good rates in several different European countries using just one sim card. Usually these are +44 (UK) numbers, but with free incoming calls in several (if not all) EU countries. It depends on exactly what you're after and how many countries you're visiting to decide which I'd choose. Also really important would be how many calls you are thinking of making yourself and how many you'd be receiving.
For example there's a Passport Lite SIM at Telestial for 19USD which gives free incoming calls in France, Italy, Spain and the UK. If you're only heading there and don't expect to make many calls, this price seems overcomable for the convenience - includes 20 USD airtime too I believe.
Then there's a Passport SIM which is 49USD, but includes free incoming calls in tons more countries. Again a UK number. Looks like per minute prices are lower there for making calls, so should end up being cheaper if you plan to make a lot of calls.
They also have an Explorer SIM which is 59USD. The main benefit looks to be the fact that making calls to cell phones and landlines are at the same rate, which could be very handy if you're calling cell phones a lot. This is an Estonian number (don't ask me why, I'm just getting the info off the page ).
So, yes, there are SIM cards like that depending on what you're after.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 7, 2008, at 12:55 PM by Sam I Am ]
I just checked the link and yes, we will be travelling Spain, France & Italy so the 'Passport Lite' looks feisable. I don't expect to be making many calls, just travel related like confirmation of bookings and directions to accomodation / meeting places etc.
Sim cards my be ok if your staying in one place in Europe and its registered to the country but if your traveling
around different countries you'll be getting charged roaming rates from one country to the next.
Easiest and cheapest way is to get a calling card or phone card. With local acces numbers all you need is the one card for everywhere and can be used from hotels and payphones and mobil phones.
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]
Calling cards are fine for calling someone else but without a SIM card, no one can call you. I got an Italian SIM card for my unlocked phone and it worked great. I met a guy in Rimini and we called each other to make plans for the day and we texted each other throughout the rest of my trip. The tricky part with the Italian SIM card was getting it to tell me my remaining minutes in English when all the initial menus are in Italian. Then they kept sending me text messages for minute buying deals in Italian I couldn't read. Besides that, it worked great and I could buy additional minutes in Tobacco shops along the way.