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1. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

I notice that TP allows a company to advertise pre-paid sim cards for sale. I wonder - is this really such a good thing, when they're selling them for around $30 and nowadays sim cards can be picked up mostly for free (and normally with some loaded credit on) in just about any country in the world. Even those countries that don't have free sim cards and you have to purchase one, they're still a lot less to buy than $30.
Just a thought.

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 7y

A lot of people still like to get their sim cards in advance and it's that convenience that you end up paying for. I remember buying a SIM card in St Petersburg and boy was that a pain in the ***. Not only were all the instructions in Russian, but the people selling it to me also only spoke Russian. Needless to say, my Russian is not so good that I can easily go through the phone prompts required to activate a SIM card. In a situation like that, having one in advance with English instructions is worth the extra dollars in my opinion.

Also, the companies that we have partnered with to sell SIM cards both have a thing called a global SIM card, which means you can use the SIM card in more than one country at rates that are better than most roaming rates (well, better than mine anyway :)).

3. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Well thanks for that, but I can't see the point of buying one simcard - and using it in another country. It really does defeat the whole object - and the simcards advertised on TP are very expensive.
Still, just an observation - and not an objection.

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

Well thanks for that, but I can't see the point of buying one simcard - and using it in another country. It really does defeat the whole object - and the simcards advertised on TP are very expensive.
Still, just an observation - and not an objection.

Well, the point is you don't have the hassle of dealing with another language, like I mentioned :) That's worth a bit extra to some people.

Or do you mean the SIM cards that can be used for multiple countries? If I were travelling to 10 countries in a month, I think it would actually be quite handy to not have to give people new phone numbers for each country. And better value than taking my normal SIM on roaming charges. Maybe that depends on your provider though.

Truth be told, if I were on a trip now, I think I'd try to use Skype on my iPod and just rely on that for phoning home. Would need a wifi connection, but most places those aren't too hard to find.

5. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Not arguing (life's too short) and each to their own - but weighing things up, I still think it's better to pick up individual free simcards, as you travel.
Thanks for your comments though.

6. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

Not arguing (life's too short) and each to their own - but weighing things up, I still think it's better to pick up individual free simcards, as you travel.
Thanks for your comments though.

As usual Redpaddy, you ARE arguing the point, and only because its doesn't fit with your point of view. Why is it that your way can only be the correct way? In every thread you get into your always arguing with someone when you don't see things their way. In this case Peter gave you the reason some people might prefer this sim, let it go at that. Its more expensive because it gives less hassle, maybe someone that needs to connect as soon as they hit the airport sees the advantage of this card. Or being able to hand the number out before they leave home. It is what it is, its their choice, that's the world we live in. If your point was valid then why do people stay in 5 star hotels, when they can stay in a backpackers? Because they want service and are prepared to pay a premium. As far as advertising on TP. So your saying every product must be scrutinized by some sort of marketing police here and then if a better deal comes up then the advertiser is told they cant advertise here? honestly, find something better to do with your time.

7. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

Quoting Dodger

As usual Redpaddy, you ARE arguing the point, and only because its doesn't fit with your point of view. Why is it that your way can only be the correct way? In every thread you get into your always arguing with someone when you don't see things their way.

I've noticed this too, and agree with you!

8. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

I don't see the argument that you're both seeing. If TP isn't about expressing a way to help people travel more enjoyably (and cheaper) - then what exactly is it about?? I'm merely putting forward a point that I find it difficult to see the reason why someone would want to pay $30 for a simcard, when they can get one for free. If people want to pay for one, then I've no problem with that whatsoever - I'm just letting them know that there are alternatives that are free. No argument at all, but have it your way.

9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

I'm merely putting forward a point that I find it difficult to see the reason why someone would want to pay $30 for a simcard, when they can get one for free.

I think these reasons were given by Peter above.

As a side note, the sim cards in a lot of countries still aren't free. I'm going to go check in one of the shops here later today because last time I looked I still parted with cash to get the card. The UK probably being the exception to the rule, but even there I believe you have to put up money to get the actual card. Sure, you might get it back as credit, but that's not really the same as free. Also note that the sim cards usually do include credit too :)

10. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

I do take your point - but it does need to be put across that many countries do either free simcards - or others much cheaper than $30 that have credit already loaded on them. The UK is not the exception to the rule at all. Still, this is all becoming rather nasty, I think. All I asked was a simple question about pre-paid simcards and I'm being bombarded with insults and criticism.
If it makes you feel good - you can have the last word. I'm going to say anymore on this matter.