If you are like us Internet addicts, you are looking to have data all over the world. Actually, as soon as we arrive in a country, once we have passed immigration and collected our luggage, our first concern is to have the Internet.
This will allow us (among other things): to inform our Airbnb that we are arriving, to look at how to get there by public transport, to call an Uber, to check that the taxi does not take us around…
You will tell me that for most things, there is no need for the Internet if you anticipate. You’re right, but it’s so much more convenient with the Internet.
To have Internet everywhere in the world, you have 3 solutions.
Use your SIM card
It’s a possibility but we don’t recommend it, it’s going to cost you a lot of money. This is called roaming, the use of another operator abroad that will re-invoice your consumption to your operator. At prices that are often… surprising.
Purchase a local prepaid SIM card
In the vast majority of cases, this will be the most economical solution.
What is the principle? You buy a prepaid SIM card with a certain amount of data available. If you want to know more about the best prepaid SIM card, visit simoptions.com.Most of the time, it is possible to reload if your quota is exhausted. Rates obviously vary according to the country.
We are trying to do an article on the subject for you in each country we visit, examples in Thailand, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey and Morocco. This is clearly the preferred solution, both in terms of simplicity and to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Have an international SIM card
While we believe option 2 is by far the best, it may be interesting to have an international SIM card in addition, especially if:
You stay only a few days in a country, too few for it to be interesting to buy a local SIM. This was our case in Belarus where we stayed for only 5 days.
If for any reason X or Y you cannot buy a SIM card at the airport and you still need the Internet. This may happen, for example, if you land at night and the telephone booths are closed.
International SIM card operators have agreements with telephone operators around the world to benefit from preferential roaming rates.
Small constraint, you will have to order your international SIM card on the internet, it will be difficult or even impossible to find it on site. We must therefore anticipate.
There are many different international SIM cards, it is not necessarily easy to find your way around, so I took the time to study the per GB rate for different countries.
Two remarks you should know:
- There are many different offers; I usually chose an offer that allowed you to enjoy the Internet for at least 30 days.
- Many tariffs have been converted from dollars to euros for comparison purposes.