Disclosure: AlwaysOnlineWireless supplied me with a SIM card and prizes to give away. As always, all opinions international travel tips are my own.
Traveling Internationally is one of our most favourite things to do as a family. Experiencing new cultures, eating new foods and meeting people….you can’t get much better than that. Over the last few years, how we travel has changed a bit. When we first started traveling internationally, we turned our phones off and were basically cut off from the world while we were away. While that definitely had its perks, with kids and jobs, etc, it didn’t make the most sense. Plus we wanted to be able to share our photos and fun while we experienced it instead of when we got home. So how can you stay connected but not break the bank? Well, here is one of my favourite International travel tips… get a SIM card for while you travel.
Sounds simple, right? Well, it can be but it isn’t always. I got my phone unlocked a few years ago. I’ve bought SIM cards in a few countries and it has never been all that easy. In Thailand I bought 3 before I could finally get one to work. “Yay” that it finally worked and it was relatively cheap but “Boo” for wasted time and money. In Vietnam I bought a SIM card but it took forever to find a place that actually sold them. Then where I bought there was no one who could actually put it in my phone and get it to work. So they sent me to another place with a piece of paper with directions written in Vietnamese. Then the man at location #2 couldn’t get it to work either and didn’t speak any English. Back to location #1 I went and managed to get there *right* before closing time to find out she had input the info in the computer wrong. It eventually worked but all the back and forth probably took 3 hours.
I’m not sure if it’s just me but I have WAY better ways to spend my time than fighting with my phone for 3 hours on vacation!
Not just me? Oh ok. 🙂 Since we are heading off to the US in September for our epic roadtrip, I’ve been doing research on what we should use for data connectivity. I stumbled across AlwaysOnlineWireless. They just launched their Global Data SIM which has tons of plans to give you data access in 90+ countries. Yep, that’s right….one SIM that will work in 90+ countries. All you do is tell them where you are going to be when and it just works.
Each AOW Global Data SIM can be loaded with an LTE data plan for each country being visited. Travellers can choose from a variety of affordable plans, in increments as short as one hour, one day, or larger data plans from 500MB up to 5GB.
To get started with AOW, travellers simply need an AOW Global Data SIM card that can be activated online anytime. They then can purchase and schedule plans for each country, with the ability to specify the exact start date, time, and time zone for each plan. This allows customers to only pay for what they need without any overage fees or contracts. Once travellers return home, they can keep and reuse their AOW SIM for future trips.
So no more trying to find a place that sells SIM cards and ensuring that the card you get will actually WORK. I also love that you can order the SIM and activate it online (we all know I hate talking to the people, right?). PLUS now all mobile companies in Canada have to allow you to unlock your phone (which you have to do to be able to use a different SIM).
So let’s recap…
Flexible mobile data service
Global coverage in over 90 countries
Access to the fastest 4G LTE networks in all countries
Short-term plans by the hour, day, or megabyte
Competitive data plans starting at just 99¢ per hour
No contracts or commitments
Pre-scheduled, prepaid plans
Tri-cut SIM fits Standard, Micro, and Nano slots
Compatible with any unlocked phone, tablet, and Wi-Fi hotspots
Want to learn more? Check out the AlwaysOnlineWireless. Order your SIM and check out their data plans on their Data SIM page.
Are you heading off to parts unknown soon? I have a giveaway for YOU! Enter below to win one of two AOW SIMS + Plans credit up to $30 USD for each SIM. (Two prizes with an ARV of $44.95 USD each).