Your thoughts on Sim Cards

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11. Posted by Traveller002 (Budding Member 38 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

I have a prepaid local card for my travel, mainly to get pass the internet firewall in China. It works for most countries except for the European ones. It is always in my phone, I just have to toggle in between and ensure that its value is loaded before I get onto the plane. But for a lot of Asian countries that I mainly travel to, it is cheaper by a plentiful to just purchase a sim card there. No trouble at all since you can ask the counter staff to have it set up for you.

But don't people use a portable wifi to travel these days.

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Dec-2019, 23:07 GMT by Traveller002 ]

12. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1588 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

I never thought about a sim card until I went to Australia in 2012. I didn't have an iphone - it was a flip phone. My daughter told me (wrongly) that my phone didn't have a sim card. The phone company gave me the wrong directions to unlock my phone. So I got to Australia and could not unlock my phone and if they unlocked my granddaughters phone she would have lost her photos. So I just bought an extra phone. The next year I got an iphone. I have not used a sim card - I just get a roaming package.

Most of my travel is North and Central America and Europe. I did go to Tanzania in 2018.

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Dec-2019, 02:16 GMT by greatgrandmaR ]

13. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1356 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

If you travel frequently around the globe Google Fi provides voice and data service in 200+ countries at reasonable cost. But the service can only be purchased in the United States. Google Fi now works with most smartphones. I use it. While the service works in most countries, it usually doesn't in places where the government is the sole or primary provider of telecommunications. Facebook isn't accessible in China; but it is if you have a Google Fi account. I uploaded photos and videos to Facebook with my Pixel 2 while traveling there last year from Beijing to Lhasa and beyond to Mt. Kailash.

14. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1588 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

Most of the time I use my phone on a wi-fi network (home or traveling in hotels). The times when I do not is when I am using the phone in the car for navigation, or for "emergency" calls - not usually a 911 emergency but to call a family member to come pick me up or to get a rental car or something like that. I do not have my phone on all the time getting texts etc. I travel with a laptop and that's what I use to get emails, plan my day, edit photos etc.

15. Posted by Traveller002 (Budding Member 38 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

I'm very reliant on maps, because my family can't "afford" to get lost since the elderly are going to be grumpy with sore legs when walking around. Kills the travelling spirit sometimes. Also because I use Airbnb most of the time, I have to contact the owner beforehand. Last but not least, a phone that is accessible on long train rides with repetitive scenery is a life saver. A portable wifi (unlimited data please) is probably the best invention imo.

16. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 926 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Traveller002

A portable wifi (unlimited data please) is probably the best invention imo.

Portable WiFi still relies on a SIM card to work so if you bring your own device you still need to obtain a SIM card that will work in the country of travel otherwise the option is to rent one so it will be all set up but the per day fee might be more than the average per megabyte rate. I guess it depends how much data you plan on using.

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