Dear Lifehacker, I’m about to head to Europe on a short term exchange with my university from Australia, and will be there for two months. What travel sim would you recommend? Or does it make more sense to purchase a SIM in each country? I’ll be spending time in Denmark, Uk, Madrid, and then a Contiki tour throughout Europe! Thanks, Monica
When you’re travelling to multiple countries, it usually makes sense to purchase a travel SIM card before you embark on your journey. While this is can be a bit pricier than buying local prepaid cards, the hassle it saves is worth it. This is especially true if you’re only spending a few days at each destination.
We used to recommend the Australian-based mobile virtual network operator Globalgig – but its new per-MB pricing model has made it far less attractive.
For our money, one of the best options you can purchase in Australia is OneSimCard. This works in most countries including all European nations (click here for the full list). The card includes both an Australian and a European phone number and is compatible with 4G speeds, where available. It also allows you to receive free incoming calls and SMS text messages.
While data is charged at 3c/MB, there are daily, weekly and monthly packages available. Crucially, it’s a pre-paid service that doesn’t charge a connection fee and you can cancel at any time. Click here for more information.
We’re also going to throw this one over to our readers. What’s your preferred solution for mobile data when travelling abroad? Let Deb know in the comments.
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