During my travels, I regularly had the need to make a call or simply the desire to talk to my loved ones. Over the years, the means of communication have evolved tremendously. I remember my first trip to Southeast Asia in 2008. I had to find small businesses that provided people with a phone to make international calls. Besides e-mail, it was the way to keep in touch with my family and friends. I also used prepaid calling cards for a long time, where I had to find a public phone booth to use them.
The international SIM card
An international SIM card is a card that can be used anywhere in the world and allows the user to make calls, send text messages and use the Internet from their cell phone. Visit SimOptions for more.
Why use an international SIM card
It’s all about the needs of individual travellers. But here are a few reasons why it is worthwhile to use an international SIM card:
- Having a phone on you at all times to manage the day-to-day running of your trip: making a reservation for accommodation, calling a taxi, communicating with someone you’ve made an appointment with and can’t find in a crowd, letting someone know you’ll be late because the train is broken down, having access to a GPS to orient yourself on the road, researching museum visit times, receiving and sending important emails at all times without having to look for a WIFI connection, etc. In short, it’s convenient to have access to a telephone line and an Internet connection at all times;
- Not having to depend on a good WIFI connection to call via Skype or Messenger or to surf online. Connections are not good everywhere;
- Have a landline phone number. You avoid having to give it to everyone when you change countries and have to get a new local SIM card;
- Avoid wasting time looking for and going to the branches of telephone companies in the countries you visit to buy a card, change it or top it up, etc.; Avoid wasting time looking for and going to the branches of telephone companies in the countries you visit to buy a card, change it or top it up, etc.; Avoid wasting time looking for and going to the branches of telephone companies in the countries you visit to buy a card, change it or top it up;
- Being able to receive calls from family and friends at all times can be reassuring in case of an emergency;
- Become a good alternative to the travel packages of telephone companies when you no longer have a telephone line in your home country.
Is the international SIM card a good thing?
As you have seen, the international SIM card remains a very interesting option that should be considered in many cases. On the other hand, if you have a phone line in your country and you already pay a monthly fee, check with them to see how much their travel packages cost.
On the other hand, if you no longer have a phone plan in your country and you need to make or receive calls and use the internet a little when needed, an international SIM card makes sense. It will allow you to be contactable at all times and to have access to a phone line and an Internet connection if needed. I think it’s important first to evaluate your initial needs and find what suits you best. Every situation is different and you are in the best position to know what you will need. The international SIM card is an interesting option available and I am sure many of you will be delighted with it.