After more than 26,000 miles around the world, an update on OneSimCard in 2014

globe-plus-onesimcard-2014Since 2012, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to a bunch of other destinations over the years, and the OneSimCard has been a faithful companion during that time! Fans of my original post (A Field Review of the OneSimCard) will recognize that I had high hopes for this little SIM card. This card’s strong suit is in helping European travelers by balancing convenience and affordability of service.

As a quick summary, here’s a list of places that I took it to, and the outcomes:

  • Aruba – could not grab a signal, had to fall back on WiFi only when available
  • Belgium – worked perfectly (see prior post)
  • Hong Kong/Macau – worked well, but blew through my budget, used a local provider (three.com.hk)
  • Italy – worked perfectly
  • Malta – worked perfectly
  • United Kingdom – worked perfectly

In each of those destinations, I was using my iPhone 4S mainly to look up restaurant information, navigation guidance, and references to points of interest while also staying connected to friends and family. As you might expect, that means quite a few apps and usage scenarios, like:

  • Foursquare app lookups
  • Google Maps app guidance
  • tripadvisor.com lookups
  • local calls to restaurants and points of interest
  • emails

It’s worth noting that I really did not bother with texting since I use Google Voice as a replacement, and the judgment above about each destination assumed a roughly USD$15 per day budget for my data and usage. I did try to take advantage of hotel WiFi when possible, but that did not impact my usage enough to shift my opinions.

For Europe, this card is great! There’s no need to worry about different country providers, especially when the borders can be so close together. However, in Asia and the Caribbean, I did not have as much luck there. You’re better off with local service providers who have broad coverage.

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