One of the most important things that a lot of people tend to forget while traveling abroad is the importance of being connected to the internet. Internet is needed on your phone in order to be in touch with friends and family back home, get directions while traveling, or just trying to figure out your next move. The last thing you want to do on your trip having to stress about how to get data while Abroad and running to different cafes, restaurants and stores to try to get their free wifi.
International roaming can get expensive, but sometimes I understand that the easiest option for continuing to use your phone while abroad is to pay your current carrier for its international plan, but if you are open to different options, check out this article.
Go to a local phone store at your destination to get a local sim card for your unlocked phone to get data while Abroad. This option will not work if your phone is locked to a specific carrier.
eSim – Best way to get data while Abroad
eSIMs work exactly like a regular SIM card work, like receiving phone calls, sending text messages, and browsing the Internet. Instead of being a removable plastic card inside your phone, an eSIM is a small chip embedded in your handset. You can’t remove it and put it in another phone.
Airalo is the world’s first eSIM store and offers eSIMs for over 190+ countries and regions at the most affordable rates from around the world. They use a local data provider internet working within minutes and is entirely prepaid and has no hidden fees. I used them while I was in Thailand and Japan, and both times it was easy to download and use.
It’s important to keep in mind that eSIMs will only work on eSIM compatible and network unlocked devices. Please make sure to check their help page to see if your device supports sims.
Pocket wifi / Portable routers
Pocket wifis are a great alternative for people who have a locked sim and cannot get an e-sim or sim card. Pocket wifis are not limited to the internet on your phone, and it’s a great way to stay connected on any device, from your iPad, laptop, and even your switch!
They tend to be a little chunky and heavy to carry and travel around with but very easy and convenient to use. Depending on the device, the battery life might not hold for the day, and a charge might be needed while out.
If you want to pre-order and have your Pocket wifi ready at the airport, Klook has Pocket wifis available for pick up at airports all over the world, like Korea, Vietnam, and Japan. I used this option when I traveled to Europe and Japan a few years ago when my phone was locked and it worked great for both me and my friend.
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