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Roaming SIMs for Travelers

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Roaming SIMs for Travelers

Many people often ask for similar information for trips to the US or elsewhere in the world. I travel often and can provide my experience. I will update this as plans change. If you have info, please post or send me a PM. Thanks!

USA

AT&T Prepaid
25c per minute or per text
$2/day unlimited domestic talk, unlimited global text, $1/100mb daily data
$30 unl dom talk, unl global text, $5/250mb data
$35 1GB dom data, unl dom talk/text, Mobile Hotspot
$45 6GB North America data, unl talk/text, MHsp, 1 month rollover data
$65 unl NA data, unl talk/text, NO MHsp
$85 unl NA data, unl talk/text, 6GB MHsp (US only)

https://www.att.com/prepaid/plans.html

Note: Unlimited use of your plan’s data in Mexico or Canada. Both the number of texts and number of voice minutes used, made, or received in Mexico and Canada cannot exceed 50% of the total number of texts or voice minutes in a month for any consecutive three-month period, or service may be terminated.

SIM card is free with service.

FreedomPop
$0 200mb, 200 US/Canada talk, 100 international talk (select countries), 500 international text per month

https://www.freedompop.com/
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/freedompop ... Id=6187307

Note: $4.99 for SIM

Roam Mobility
C$2.95/day unlimited text and messaging apps (WhatsApp, iMessage, etc.)
$3.95/day unl dom talk, unl global text
$4.95/day 512mb 4G data, unl dom talk, unl global text
$39.95 1GB, unl dom/Canada talk, unl global text
$64.95 4GB, unl dom/Ca talk, unl global text
$34.95 Unl dom/Ca talk, unl global text (3 month minimum)
$49.95 4GB, unl dom/Ca talk, unl global text (3 month minimum)

Data plans
$9.95 300mb
$16.95 500mb
$21.95 1GB
$29.95 2GB
$59.95 5GB

https://roammobility.com/

Note: $9.95 for SIM card

T-Mobile Prepaid
$3 30min+30msg, .10 extra, 1-day 500mb $5 or 7-day 1GB $10 data pass, roaming: talk $1.99/min , text s/r .50/.10
$30 2GB domestic data, unl domestic talk/text (21-day tourist plan)
$45 4GB dom data, unl dom talk/text, 4G MHsp
$50 10GB dom data, unl dom talk/text, 4G MHsp
$55 6GB dom data, unl domestic talk/text, 4G MHsp
$75 Unl NA data, talk/text, 3G MHsp

$5 add on for domestic plans for North America roaming, limited to 5GB roaming data.

https://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-plans

Data Plans
$20 2GB
$35 6GB
$50 10GB
$65 14GB
$80 18GB
$95 22GB

Data plans included North America roaming.

https://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-internet

Note: may charge up to $25 for SIM card.

Global SIM Cards

These SIM cards can be used in multiple countries. Please check the website for list of specific products and countries.

KeepGo
US$49 SIM card with 1GB data included
$99 SIM card and hotspot device with 1GB data included

Data is valid for 365 days. Recharge extends validity date by 365 days.

Recharge rates
$19 500mb
$35 1GB
$85 3GB
$119 5GB
$219 10GB

https://www.keepgo.com/

Know Roaming
US$7.99 unlimited data valid for one day (24 hour period)
$23.97 unlimited data valid for three days
$55.93 unlimited data valid for seven days
$25 1GB data valid for seven days

Requires the purchase of a SIM card ($9.99) or sticker ($29.99, includes $10 credit)

https://www.knowroaming.com/order/

Three.co.uk
SIMs on eBay, cheap and ships very quickly. SIM can be activated in Canada - no need to step foot in the UK.
Roaming in: EU + Israel + USA + Australia + Singapore + Hong Kong + a bunch of Central/South America Countries
£10.00 1GB
£15.00 5GB
£20.00 12GB

http://www.three.co.uk/feel-at-home/

TravelSIM
Global chat sim. Supports WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber, Line and WeChat (text/emoji only)

SIM: US$25 includes 1 year of service, $12/year thereafter. Shipping is $10 for 1 card, free for 2 or more cards. No tax. Use coupon code 1300 for 10% off.

No worry of overusage or background data leakage because data for all other apps are blocked. Discussion thread, here.

https://travelsim.com/travelchat/

Hong Kong / China

Discover Hong Kong Tourist SIM
5-Day Pass: HK$88/1.5GB
8-Day Pass: HK$118/5GB

http://www.discoverhongkong.com/ca/plan ... m-card.jsp

You can get the Discover Hong Kong Tourist SIM Card at any 1O1O Centers in town, including the new outlet at 5/F of the Hong Kong International Airport Arrival Hall, more than 1,000 7-Eleven, Circle K or VanGO convenience stores, csl or HKT shops, and the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s Kowloon Visitor Centre at the Star Ferry Concourse in Tsim Sha Tsui.

China Mobile HK
$98 1GB data, 50 talk, 50 text, 3 days China, Hong Kong and Macau
$148 2GB data, 100 talk, 100 text, 10 days China, Hong Kong and Macau
$198 4GB data, 100 talk, 100 text, 10 days China, Hong Kong and Macau
$148 1.5GB data only 10 days 4G/3G can be consumed in either Mainland China or Hong Kong

https://www.hk.chinamobile.com/en/corpo ... d-sim.html

Available at the China Mobile Service Centre, Unit 5T198, right in the arrival hall of Hong Kong International Airport.

China Unicom HK
Not as easy to get as you need a HK mailing address to receive the SIM. However, you may be able to get some of them from Amazon or eBay vendors.

https://www.cuniq.com/hk_en/data-card/

Might be available at the airport?

Mexico

Telcel
MX$20 15 day unl NA talk/text, 200mb NA data, 1GB NA WhatsApp or dom social media
$100 21 day unl NA talk/text, 300mb NA data, 1GB NA WhatsApp or dom social media
$150 28 day unl NA talk/text, 600mb NA data, 1.5GB NA WhatsApp or dom social media
$200 33 day unl NA talk/text, 1GB NA data, 1.5GB NA WhatsApp or dom social media
$300 30 day unl NA talk/text, 1.5GB NA data, 1.5GB NA WhatsApp or dom social media
$500 30 day unl NA talk/text, 4GB NA data, unl NA WhatsApp or dom social media

https://www.telcel.com/personas/telefon ... sin-limite

You can often buy these sim cards on Amazon or eBay.

Note: See USA also as some US carriers roam in Mexico also.

Singapore

M1
S$5 500MB data valid 20 days
$12 500 min, 100 text, 20 min international calls, 100GB data, valid 7 days

Many more options on the link below

https://www.m1.com.sg/personal/mobile/p ... mcard#tab1

Singtel
S$15 7 day 500 min, 100 text, unlimited social media, 30 min international calls, 100GB data
$30 10 day unlimited talk & text, unlimited social media, 90 min international calls, 100GB data, 2GB roaming data for Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia
$50 10 day unlimited talk & text, unlimited social media, 90 min international calls, 100GB data, 5GB roaming data for Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia (two SIM cards included)

https://www.singtel.com/personal/i/phon ... stsimcards

Starhub
S$12 7 days 500 talk, 100 text, 30 min LD, 100GB 4G data, 1GB roaming data
$32 12 days 3000 talk, 5000 text, 90 min LD, 100GB 4G data, 3GB roaming data valid for 30 days
$50 180 days 100GB local data (10 days), 5GB roaming data (30 days), $50 airtime credit included

Works in Asia, Australia, US, Canada and the UK.

http://www.starhub.com/personal/mobile/ ... l-sim.html

* I just returned from Singapore. I used Starhub through Singapore, China, HK, Australia, US and Canada. It worked seamlessly. I had problems connecting, but contacted customer support and they sorted me out. Great service despite some negative reviews online. This card can be reloaded from anywhere with a foreign credit card. Rates are about $5/GB.
Last edited by batcave on Jun 14th, 2018 5:26 pm, edited 15 times in total.
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China Mobile HK
Not as easy to get as you need a HK mailing address to receive the SIM. However, you may be able to get some of them from Amazon or eBay vendors.

https://www.hk.chinamobile.com/en/corpo ... d-sim.html
It is available at the China Mobile Service Centre, Unit 5T198, right in the arrival hall of Hong Kong International Airport
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Worthy mention. FreedomPop is a "wifi first" carrier where talk & text are done via app. It's also good for calling back to Canada, since the VoIP app considers Canada calling as domestic. Also since it's VoIP, it won't work for Google voice sms validation.

@batcave can you please compare roaming only sims like know roaming, roam mobility, one sim card, etc.? Also focus on travel destinations where picking up a local sim is really difficult (language barrier and ID requirements).

Thank you @batcave for this thread!
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@batcave got some kickstart info here, feel free to link to this post or better yet add to OP and expand on it if possible.

Know Roaming
  1. $8 USD per day unlimited data in included countries
  2. $25 USD 7 day pass 1GB
  3. Sim $10 USD or $30 USD for sim sticker
  4. Talk/sms rates vary per country

OneSimCard
  1. sim $30 or $40 USD (looks like it includes $10 airtime)
  2. Various rates per destination, Europe bundle available
  3. VoIP app available (over wifi only)
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@batcave another one for you found on this thread.

KeepGo
  1. $49 USD for sim or $99 USD for hotspot device (sim plus hardware)
  2. $49 USD to add 1GB. The 1GB has a 1 yr expiry and can be bumped by topping up
  3. Data only, good for very light data users who rather let their data allowance last as long as possible
  4. Website: https://www.keepgo.com/
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Is the Roam Mobility sim best for data only then? Going to California for 9 days
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MrPsv1 wrote:
Apr 6th, 2018 7:45 am
Is the Roam Mobility sim best for data only then? Going to California for 9 days
With Roam Mobility your best option for 9 days is to get a 10 days daily plans Talk-Text-Data for $49.50.

That will give you 5GB of LTE data for $10 less than their data only plan @ $59.95 for the same amount of data.
And it will give you the unlimited talk+text and LD as a plus if you need it.

If you bust you data plan, you can still access it in 2G speed or just add the amount of days (@ 512MB/days) of LTE data that you want to add.

I've done that numerous time for my trips to the states.
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InExtremis wrote:
Apr 6th, 2018 10:15 am
With Roam Mobility your best option for 9 days is to get a 10 days daily plans Talk-Text-Data for $49.50.

That will give you 5GB of LTE data for $10 less than their data only plan @ $59.95 for the same amount of data.
And it will give you the unlimited talk+text and LD as a plus if you need it.

If you bust you data plan, you can still access it in 2G speed or just add the amount of days (@ 512MB/days) of LTE data that you want to add.

I've done that numerous time for my trips to the states.
I am now in Seattle area for 2 weeks. I went for Can$30 2 Gb plan as data is King. With just data I have voice/text . My sim in Canada also works in a dual sim phone. I can return call and text with textmeup to anywhere in US and Can. all free
2Gb LTE is barely enough for 2 persons and 2 weeks

BTW RM users should pay attention.
I have an older (2 years old) RM sim card. This time when I bought the data add on for this trip, I was told to change the APN of the sim to a new name "wholesale". Wow...Kind of a shock.
But anyway I was thinking that it might be a software issue. So the minute the phone was still rolling on the tarmac of Seattle airport, I turned on the phone and let my phone to try out it's auto APN function first. While the plane was still moving, the RM signal got in and in 2 minutes I was on 4g. The auto APN worked like a charm. Then I was calling my relative on Textmeup to pick me up.
There is another speculation too. I am on a new Huawei Mate SE on 7.1.1. Maybe the other RM user can chime in to see if they need to go by manual APN.
Likely RM advice for manual APN only applies to people using older phones.
My (auto)APN of RM is now on fast.t-mobile.com instead. The name is T-MobileData (all auto). The only thing I needed was to switch manually my data SIM from Fido data to that of RM.
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Three.co.uk (SIMs on eBay, cheap and ships very quickly)
Roaming in: EU + Israel + USA + Australia + Singapore + Hong Kong + a bunch of Central/South America Countries (http://www.three.co.uk/feel-at-home/)
£10.00 1GB
£15.00 5GB
£20.00 12GB

SIM can be activated in Canada (no need to step foot in the UK).
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I'm traveling to the USA so I purchased a roam sim card. I noticed my credit card has a $11.95 (the sim + tax) that I expected.. but it also has a separate $1 charge from roam mobility... what is that $1 for??
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rilles wrote:
Apr 16th, 2018 4:22 pm
I'm traveling to the USA so I purchased a roam sim card. I noticed my credit card has a $11.95 (the sim + tax) that I expected.. but it also has a separate $1 charge from roam mobility... what is that $1 for??
I bought their data package of $29.95. $1 was added too but it is gone in the final bill.
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rilles wrote:
Apr 16th, 2018 4:22 pm
but it also has a separate $1 charge from roam mobility... what is that $1 for??
I'm guessing at this. Maybe for a test charge to see if your card is good or valid. I recall PayPal doing something like that.
Does anything show up when you check for transactions on your credit card.
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Apr 17th, 2018 7:21 pm
I'm guessing at this. Maybe for a test charge to see if your card is good or valid. I recall PayPal doing something like that.
Does anything show up when you check for transactions on your credit card.
its a "pending" transaction. maybe it will go away when it changes state if it was a test.

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