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Europe SIM Card: Roaming with your Cell

For many people the first thing that comes to mind when using their cell phone abroad is How much is this call costing me?” Many people take their cell phones but don’t end up using them out of fear of a large bill on their doorstep.european sim card

There is the option of buying a local SIM card once you have reached your destination. This may sound easy enough but can turn out to be a nightmare. If you’re lucky enough to pass the ID checks that many European countries have for prepaid SIM cards, you’ll be faced with the hurdle of topping up your prepaid credit. Most cell companies will only accept a credit card from the country the SIM card was issued in. Great if you have an Italian Credit Card and Italian SIM for example, not so great if you have an American Credit Card and Italian SIM. In this case cash would be your only alternative which is fine if you don’t need to top up after the store has closed, or during an afternoon siesta.

“I want to use my cell phone while on vacation in Europe this summer but I don’t want the hassle of buying a local SIM card when I get there. What is the alternative?”

One alternative is to purchase a SIM card for Europe before you head off on vacation. A Europe SIM card works in all European countries and provides the lowest European call rates across Europe. Our Europe SIM card can be purchased online without complicated ID checks using most major credit cards. Adding credit is easy and done via the website. When your European SIM card arrives, simply insert it into your phone, activate your credit and away you go. No fiddly technical things to do, it just works.

How do I insert the Europe SIM card into my cell?

Carefully remove the SIM card from its packaging and insert it into the SIM slot in your phone.

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Using a Cell Phone in Europe: International Roaming Without the Massive Bill

Option 1: Don’t take your cell phone with you! Stop reading…this post is not for you.european sim card

Option 2: Take your cell phone, turn off all data services and don’t make any calls. Sure, this will save you a fortune in voice and data roaming charges, but what’s the point? You might be lucky enough to find the occasional free WiFi Hotspot but apart from that your cell phone will be pretty useless. Imagine getting lost without Google Maps, or not being able to share a picture on Instagram!

Option 3: Take your cell phone with you, leave data services turned on and pay all the roaming charges. This is a sure way to come home to a big bill. For example a leading US phone network charges $1.49 per minute for calls and $15 per MB for data outside the US and Canada. Ten minutes on Facebook, could end up costing several hours wage!

Holiday is a time to relax, that’s why we have a fourth option.International-Phone-Rental

Option 4: Take your unlocked cell phone with you, place a SIMsmart prepaid SIM card inside, and now you’ve got an international cell phone. Enjoy international calls and roaming without the big bill. Incoming calls are from free and data is from $0.40 per MB!

How much data is my cell phone likely to use?

50MB of International Roaming Corresponds to Approximately:

Basic Webpages (mainly text) 500 pages
Multimedia Webpages (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) 150 pages
Basic Emails 50,000 emails
Emails with attachments 100 emails
Downloading/Streaming Music 10 songs
Downloading/Streaming Video 5 minutes
Skype Voice Call 1.5 hours
Skype Video Call 10 minutes
Streaming Online Radio 50 minutes
Downloading/Updating Apps 2 apps

In other words, viewing 500 web pages, watching 5 minutes of video or downloading 2 apps would use 50MB; it doesn’t allow you to do both. Realistically, you’ll do a bit of everything, and so each activity would contribute towards your data usage.

How do I make an international call?

When making a call, or sending a text message, you will need to use an international dialing code. Check out this page to find out which dialing codes you need and how to use them.

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5 Must Have Apps for Travel

Here are some travel apps which can help when traveling abroad and make your experience much more carefree and enjoyable.

1.    Just Landed

Just Landed is the perfect app for when you are picking friends or family up from the airport. It can track inbound flights and reminds you when it is time to go to the airport, so you can ensure you will never be late to pick anyone up from the airport again. This app also texts the person you are picking up so they reassured someone will be there to greet them. This is the ultimate app to ensure you will never be late to the airport again. This app costs $0.99 in the app store. Available for iPhone and Android.

2.    Word Lens

Word Lens is a great app if you are not too familiar with the local language. It uses any image taken with the phones camera and translates any text found on the image into English in real time. This app is free and available for Android and iPhone.

3.    Hotel Club

Hotel Club is an application which combines many other sites to make one convenient app; it allows the user to book a hotel in three simple taps. The app shows a map of the hotels nearby or in the relevant area so you can decide which hotel best suits your requirements. This app is very convenient for when you are booking a last minute holiday or if you are short of time by giving a three in one package. Available for Android and iPhone.

4.    Urbanspoon    

Urbanspoon is useful for when you’re hungry and want some food fairly soon! It pinpoints nearby restaurants which all contain reviews so you can find one that is suitable for what you desire. This app is very useful when the surrounding area is unfamiliar to you. Available for iPhone and Android.

5.    Touchnote

Touchnote is the perfect way to stay in contact with your loved ones at home by using your smartphone to create a postcard. It enables you to take a personal photo of the surrounding area which creates the front of the postcard, you can also write a personal message which will be processed and sent as a postcard for only $1.49. This app saves a lot of hassle and saves valuable holiday time. Available for Android and iPhone.