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[Knowroaming.com] Free international Whatsapp (including Whatsapp Call)

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[Knowroaming.com] Free international Whatsapp (including Whatsapp Call)

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Just saw this on Engadget. Free Whatsapp use around the world.

https://www.engadget.com/2016/11/09/kno ... -whatsapp/

All you have to do is buy their $9.99 SIM card, install their app, and you can make unlimited Whatsapp messages/calls everywhere

Knowroaming is from Toronto btw.

I'm planning on ordering a Sim for my backup phone.

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For details:

https://support.knowroaming.com/support ... pp-feature


Summary of tips from the 55 pages in this thread:

- You can order either the SIM card or an add-on "sticker" that you apply over an existing SIM card (makes it act like a dual SIM). The sticker costs 3x as much and isn't as portable.
- The cost is US$10 for the SIM or $30 for the sticker plus shipping from Ontario. If you use a 50% voucher, you can reduce that to $5 for the SIM or $15 for the sticker. There is a $10 free credit with each sticker.
- You can self-refer, but you only get 30% off for using your own referral code.
- Your phone must be unlocked and it must support 3G frequencies in the country where you plan to roam (new: 4G frequencies now supported in many countries)
- You'll get a $5 referral credit voucher with your order if you sign up using a referral voucher. That can be applied to your account to pay for use other than free Whatsapp.
- You do not need a credit balance in your account to register your SIM or to use Whatsapp.
- Your KR SIM card comes with a U.S. phone number, and you can add credit to be used for voice or data when roaming in over 200 countries worldwide - but it's not really cheap.
- You can use Whatsapp for free (text/voice/video) in almost any country where KR has data, as long as you don't exceed 100 Mbytes/day "fair use". It does work in Canada (on the Bell network).
- Voice and video calling works on Whatsapp as well as messaging, and you can view photos and videos with messages. Receiving notifications can be a bit erratic though.
- You can use your existing Whatsapp account or sign up for a new one - but you might need to use up some of your credit balance during a new sign-up unless you use one of the work-arounds.

DISCOUNT CODES (as of February 11, 2018)

1. 50% discount only
This code doesn't offer $5 credit - only 50% discount when you purchase SIM cards and/or stickers. BARRY18 is currently available. Other codes such as SAVE10, SAVE12, SAVE60, ROAM60, ROAM90, etc are all expired.
2. 30% discount + $5 credit
No expiry date. This code is generated by current customer and widely available. $5 credit for SIM sticker and SIM card purchase.

Note: The $5 Facebook / $5 Twitter Share Credits has been discontinued since November 2017.
Note 2: Free shipping is no longer available. Now, they charge $8 within Canada.
Note 3: All in USD.
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Sep 5, 2016
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My whats app running on knowroaming free data plan since more then 6 month. it is working flawless in Canadian networks
Last edited by guru2gr8 on Nov 9th, 2016 12:50 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Their network is terrible. I'd avoid. While you use local network partners such as tmobile, for some reason all the data is routed through knowroamings network making the speeds and ping time really slow. Their customer service is good and patient at least. The portable routers they sell are probably pretty cool and easier to use with only having to connect to wifi.

For the sim, stay away.
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Maybe my mom needs one, how does the WhatsApp work? Can she keep her own WhatsApp number?
$10 is great for Canada just for WhatsApp
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Does it work better than ChatSim?
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Too bad it doesn't support Line. Folks are going to Taiwan and this would've been perfect if it supported Line.
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Why do we need this. WhatsApp is available where ever there is wifi, both for calls and text. Calls are blocked by govt in certain countries such as the UAE.
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StealthFinder wrote:
Nov 9th, 2016 2:15 pm
Why do we need this. WhatsApp is available where ever there is wifi, both for calls and text. Calls are blocked by govt in certain countries such as the UAE.
That's like saying..

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StealthFinder wrote:
Nov 9th, 2016 2:15 pm
Why do we need this. WhatsApp is available where ever there is wifi, both for calls and text. Calls are blocked by govt in certain countries such as the UAE.
Parents can use this SIM to put in their kids phones and use it to text / call them whenever they aren't in a wifi area. All you pay is $10 for the SIM, no ongoing payments.
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I can't really find anything about the Whatsapp thing except for the engadget article and a little picture, TOS and FUP don't mention whatsapp.
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would this work in canada then if i put it in an old phone? Just wanted to use it for backup whatsapp
Feb 5, 2012
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I used their service of unlimited international data ($10/day) when traveling through 10 countries in Europe. Worked out great and turned out to be cheaper that what it would have cost me to individually buy sim cards in each country I traveled to.