TravelSIM

As a way to ensure worldwide calling ability, TravelSIM is excellent — but call quality and data rates detract from the experience of using it.


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Travelling is rife with complications. Your luggage may be lost, the local food may smell funny and, no matter how carefully you pack, you can never find a pen when it's time to fill in those pesky immigration forms. To cap things off, you can land in an exotic location only to discover that despite the promises of your phone provider, you can't get any kind of roaming access at all, cutting you off from the folks back home.

This is where TravelSIM's product comes in. The pitch is pretty simple: it's a SIM-only phone service (you provide the handset, in other words) that works in most of the countries in the world, at least for talk and text services. Data coverage, and most notably 3G data coverage, is considerably more spotty; if data access matters to you, it'd be worth checking TravelSIM's coverage on a country-by-country basis, although, like most roaming arrangements, it's not massively price competitive.

Set-up

There's only one way to test a travel product, and that's to do a bit of travelling. TravelSIM sent us a trial SIM just as we were about to go on three different trips around the world (China, Japan and the US), so we took along the SIM to see how well we could use it to keep in contact. We connected a TravelSIM to an original iPhone 3G and iPhone 4 — chosen simply because it was the nearest unlocked smartphone. It's an important point; if your phone is locked to any of Australia's phone companies, it won't work with a TravelSIM. If you're not sure, check with your provider; some will unlock for free, especially when a contract has been completed, but there's no hard and fast rule for this kind of thing.

The SIM needs to be activated, which involves creating an account with TravelSIM. Once the SIM is activated, you will be asked to make a test call. Note that the credit balance provided is in US dollars, so it won't be the exact amount that you've charged the SIM with.

Topping up the card can be done from the online account portal or one-touch handset top-up, which can also be activated in the online portal by entering your credit card details. There's also an automatic top-up, which charges your credit card if the TravelSIM balance falls below AU$10, but that's only recommended for frequent travellers.

From the online account portal, it's possible to see your call history, although only the most recent calls are shown on the home page. To see a full history or recharge, users have to select the tabs at the top of the page.

How it works

TravelSIM strongly advises travellers to set up their service well in advance of their trip so that they can iron out any problems — for example, a locked phone — before they have to jet off. After activation, users get a call from a TravelSIM agent, explaining how the service works, and asking whether you have any further questions.

Before we set out, we placed several calls within Australia, both to local and international numbers. That was more a matter of comparative testing; TravelSIM's rates for such calls aren't particularly competitive here, but then that's not what it sells itself on. Calling out with the TravelSIM is an interesting and somewhat perplexing process. In order to make any call on a TravelSIM, no matter where you are, you'll need to dial the country code that you need to contact, and then the number that you wish to reach. Hit dial, and then ... the TravelSIM will hang up on you. It's just a momentary thing, but it's quite jarring for the first few calls, because it feels like the SIM is failing. What then happens is that your phone rings from a blocked number; answer that, and a robotic voice will inform you of your current credit before attempting to connect your call or send your SMS.

In China, we were very quickly connected to China Unicom at the same time that we were unable to connect using either Telstra pre- or post-paid SIMs. Call quality within China was reasonable; on one occasion, we struggled to place a call while sitting in a shopping mall in Shanghai, but, once it was placed, call quality was generally acceptable. There were a few brief moments of stutter, and we did notice (similar to Skype) that it worked best if you allowed a slight delivery delay.

Within Japan, we repeated the experiment while connected up to NTT DoCoMo, with much the same results. We also tested the ability there for callers to dial in to the TravelSIM itself. There are two ways to do this: either directly to the TravelSIM's own phone number, in which case the calling party covers the costs; or through a number that TravelSIM provides. You dial into the number, punch in the SIM number and the call is then charged to that TravelSIM's account (at a rate of US$0.21 per minute). We hit a few quirks on the way to placing this call. For a start, there's a disconnect between the printed instructions in the starter pack and the reality; the starter pack suggests just entering the number, while the recorded message says to hit the pound symbol after entering the number. For what it's worth, we didn't add any suffix, and it seemed to work. The other catch here is that the call just seemed to come in normally anyway; if you got a lot of calls this way, you could have others burn your TravelSIM credit without you immediately realising it. When placing a call, you are first alerted to your credit limit, at least.

In the US, the phone connected to AT&T. There were calls that came through crystal clear, but there were also calls where no amount of yelling would enable the person on the other side to hear, despite having two bars of reception. Some friends, when provided the +372 number to dial directly from their handsets, were unable to connect and were unsure why, while others managed it fine. We assumed that the former weren't properly following the instructions of typing the number as +372 xxx xxx xxx. Calling from a landline requires the international exit number to be dialled first (in Australia's case, 0011).

When sending SMSes from the TravelSIM number, friends and family can't reply by hitting the reply button — they actually had to enter our TravelSIM number for the message to be sent to us. Messages sent from the free online SMS service were sent and received without a hitch, but there's no identifier to let you know who sent you that message.

Call and SMS costs

According to our call history sheet, in China, calls made within the country and to Australia cost AU$0.79 per minute and AU$0.42 for each SMS; in Japan, calls cost AU$0.58 per minute and AU$0.42 per SMS; and in the US, calls cost AU$0.48 per minute and AU$0.45 per SMS. Calls to international destinations could also be made at these rates. There is no charge for receiving calls.

The prices in the call history sheet for the US didn't match those advertised on the website, causing some confusion. When asked, TravelSIM explained that the rates on the website were for a legacy TravelSIM card, which has higher rates for the US and Canada. Those users already on this older TravelSIM card will be paying those rates, whereas anyone who buys one of the standard TravelSIM cards will also pay the higher rates.

For further coverage costs, TravelSIM has a rates calculator on its website.

The company is in the process of selling the last of the older cards. TravelSIM said that it would be publishing both rates and the explanation on the site shortly. Customers who want to have the cheaper US rates can exchange their old card for the new one, called USA+, for free.

Data

Calls and SMSes are nice to have, but what of data? Here the TravelSIM availability varies quite widely. Taking China and Japan as an example, TravelSIM's Japanese partner network charges 37¢/10KB, whereas its two-partner Chinese networks want 16¢ and 19¢ per 10KB block. If you took a Telstra mobile to either Japan or China (and didn't pre-buy a data roaming pack), you'd pay 15¢ for 10KB, plus a 50¢ per start-up fee per session. Presuming you didn't do a lot of very small sessions, hitting that 50¢ fee each time, you could amortise that out, and it'd be cheaper on Telstra, which is not something that we can often say. Bear in mind, though, that we're using "cheaper" here, and not "cheap". You'd almost always be better off buying a local SIM and data pack and utilising that instead, no matter who your roaming provider is. It also depends where in the world you travel as to whether 3G data will be supported. In any case, the data cost is still relatively high; you're a lot better off using the TravelSIM as a telephone and SMS service.

For the US, we were informed that data wasn't supported by TravelSIM. Some people might be able to access data, according to TravelSIM, (we couldn't) but the rates are such that the company's advice is to use Wi-Fi.

Data access in Europe has recently been made cheaper, with TravelSIM dropping its data roaming rates across 33 countries from US$3.60 per MB to US$1 per MB.

As a security measure, data use for the SIM card needs to be activated before it can be used, which can be done via a form on the company's website.

Extras

Another service, which we didn't test, but is free until 31 December this year, is personal assistant. By dialling +372991 from the TravelSIM, users get access to a concierge service that provides help with transport, hotel and vehicle information and reservations, translation and medical referrals, for example. After 31 December, the service will cost AU$15 for six months.

Call diversion from other existing mobile numbers is also possible, which is free to set-up, with a US$0.21 surcharge per minute to receive calls. The service uses a landline to divert calls, which may also result in additional charges.

Conclusion

As a way to feel "safe" and have a nearly always connected phone and SMS service, the TravelSIM has a lot going for it. You're not reliant on having available Wi-Fi the way you would be if using Skype for the same kinds of functions — except when travelling to the US. The calling rates aren't prohibitive, and, because it's all prepaid, you're not going to hit a bill shock problem when you return to Antipodean shores.

For those who frequently travel to a particular country, using the local SIM is likely to be a better option, but for those who always go to different destinations, or who destination hop, having the TravelSIM makes things easier, as they don't need to keep swapping out SIMs and telling friends and family what your new number is to get in contact. Since the SIM can also be given to family members or friends, the service is useful even for infrequent travellers.

At the same time, the calling procedure is fiddly and prone to dropouts, and call quality wasn't great in our tests. It's also a bit of a surprise to find that a starter pack that costs AU$49.95 only comes with AU$5 worth of call credit, virtually ensuring that you're going to have to top it up before you travel.

TravelSIM can be purchased from a number of retail outlets or online.

Irene Mickaiel contributed to this review.



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"Annapurna base camp trekkings"

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10 Day Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Pokhara



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Annapurna range is one of the majestic mountain massif in the Himalayas with Annapurna I (8,091 m ) - the 10th highest in the world. 10 days Annapurna Base Camp trek is the best route for cultural insight, moderate adventure and Himalayan views.
Highlights:
Trekking with local, experienced and hospitable guides and porters. Our staffs are trained and licensed from the Nepal government.
Maximum flexibility in itinerary, route with personalized services. Guide will accompany you with his professional knowledge to make necessary changes
Trekking with minimum impact in the local environment with choices of lodges using alternate fuel and following proper garbage disposal.
Overnight stays in villages with great views avoiding altitude sickness.
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Annapurna range is the most exquisite, with some of the world's highest mountain views including Annapurna I (8,091m / 10th highest). While the foothills are dominated by diverse ethnic groups with their charming villages and terraced farms, higher reaches are pristine roved only by shepherds? We will come across the several view points with world famous Himalayan views. The trekking is the best insight into the Nepalese mountain lifestyle, ethnic diversity and a moderate adventure in the Himalaya

Our trek starts from Pokhara, the natural capital of Nepal. Pokhara is known as Lake City with an amphitheater of mountains. Annapurna range makes its northern wall. This is a base for several treks in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. We drive 44 km / 1.5 hrs to the trekking trail head at 1,100 m from Pokhara and start our trek to Ghorepani first. Ghorepani or its top Pun Hill (3,200 m) offers view of about 15 snow peaks including Dhaulagiri I (8,167m / 7th highest), Annapurna I (8,091m / 10th highest) and Manaslu (8,156m / 8th highest). This is the good start of the trek. Then we will walk through the rhododendron forest to Chhomrong village across the Annapurna South. From here one can enjoy the heights of Annapurna South and Fishtail. The trail further enters into the narrow valley wedged between Annapuran south and Fishtail. At Fishtail base camp (3,700 m), we come to meadows and glacial moraine with relatively bright and wide valley. Annapurna base camp (4,200 m) has snow peaks at 360 degree.

Day 01: Drive to Nayapul from Pokhara (1.5 hrs) and trek to Thikedunga (4 hrs)
We will depart Pokhara at around 8:30 by a private car. The road snacks through the scenic country side for about 1.5 hrs to the trekking trail head at Nayapul. This is the confluence of Modi river draining Annapurna base camp and Burungdi river. We follow upstream Burungdi river climbing gradually for about 4 hrs to Thikedunga. Thikedunga is a small charming village full of lodges where we will spend the night.

Day 02: Climb to Ghorepani (6 hrs / 2,800 m)
After breakfast, we will start our days walk with steep climb to Ulleri village. There are about 3,000 stone steps to Ulleri village which will take about 2 hrs to climb. From Ulleri the trail climbs gradually through the forest for another 4 hrs to Ghorepani at 2,800 m. Ghorepani is the mountain pass overlooking at the deep KaliGandaki valley wedged between two eight thousand meter peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.

Day 03: Hike to Pun Hill (50 mints / 3,200 m) | Trek to Tadapani
Pun Hill is the most beautiful view point in the Annapurna region. We will hike for about 50 mints to Pun Hill at 3,200 m for sunrise view over the Himalayan peaks. One can see about 15 different peaks including Dhaulagiri I (8,167m / 7th highest), Annapurna I (8,091m / 10th highest) and Manaslu (8,156 m / 8th highest). After breakfast, we will head for our next destination of Tadapani. The trail passes through the rhododendron forest with few ups and downs of 400 m each.

Day 04: Trek to Chhomroong (5 hrs / 2,100 m)
Tadapani has got the beautiful view of Annapurna south and Fishtail mountain. From here we will climb down steeply about 900 m to the valley basin at Ghurjung river. Climb gradually along the mountain side to Chhomrong perched high up on the mountain ridge. Chhomrong is a large Gurung village at the corridore of Annapurna Sanctuary. The village offer the upclose view of Annapurna South (7,219 m), Fishtail (6,993 m).

Day 05: Trek to Dovan (2,400 m / 6 hrs)
Trek down to Chhomrong khola (river) and then climb up to Sinwa in 3 hrs. From here we enter into steep valley towards Annapurna sanctuary at the buttresses of Annapurna South and Fishtail. From Sinwa we will climb down to Modi River at the little hemlet of 'Bamboo' in 2 hrs and then climb gradually for another hour to Dovan (2,400m).

Day 06: Climb to Deurali (5 hrs / 3,300 m)
Above Dovan we enter into the region where effect of the high altitude effects are felt. So with slow pace we gradually climb to another hamlet of Himalaya in 2 hrs. Himalaya has got two lodges. After Himalaya (2,900m), we enter into sparsely vegetated rocky terrain and climb steeply for one hrs to Hinku cave. Deurali is across the arduous moraine intercepted by creeks with ice deposition.

07: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (5 hrs / 4,200m)
The trail from Deurali to Fishtail base camp is avalanche prone area. So we will change the route to the other side of the Modi river according to the situation. It will take about 3 hrs to get to Fishtail base camp at 3,700 m. At Fishtail base camp valley opens up wide and bright with beautiful snow peaks. The trail to Annapruna base camp climbs gradually to the snowfield and the the edge of glacier. At base camp we are at the base of world's highest mountains surrounding us in 360 degree.

Day 08: Trek down to Bamboo (6 hrs)
After a beautiful sunrise view over the Annapurnas, we will head down slowly to Bamboo. First part of the trail might be steep and slippery. Bamboo is a clean settlement before we climb to Sinwa.

Day 09: Trek back to Jhinu Danda (5 hrs / 1,600 m)| Bathe in natural hot spring
We follow the same trail that we took to climb up till Chhomrong. Climb down steely on the stone steeps to the village of Jhinu. We settle into our lodge and then head down half and hour to natural hot spring pool in the shore of Modi river. Enjoy the natural hot spring and enjoy your last night in the mountain.

Day 10: Follow the Modi river coast to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara
From Jhinu, we will basically traverse along the Modi river to Nayapul from where we started our trek in 5 hrs. We will be picked up by a car for a drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
What's Included:
Package Includes :
All trekking permits (Annapurna Conservation Area Project and TIMS)
2 nights accommodation in Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis (2-3 star)
Private car for transportation to and from the trekking trail head
All meals with tea / coffee
Lodge accommodation during the trek
Trekking with English speaking guide and necessary porter
What's Not Included:
Package Excludes :
Bottled drinks and beverages
Evacuation (will be done in your account)
Tips (Service Charge in Hotel and Restaurants are included)
Single supplement Charges
Lunch

ClaireN
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"Truly awful product and a massive waste of money"

ClaireN posted a review   
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The Good:Nothing as far as I can tell

The Bad:Terrible data option for travel and calls are cumbersome

I purchased 3 SIM cards for use in two mobiles and an ipad overseas for a month. $50 per SIM only gives you $5 credit on each SIM so I purchased an additional $250 credit and spread it over the three SIM cards.

I bought the SIMs mostly to use data so that I could look up train timetables, bus schedules, hire cars etc. etc. I set a daily limit of $25USD for data.

In most countries the data does not work. An 'E' symbol appears where the 3G symbol should be. Sometimes the 3G symbol appears but when you open a web browser the message 'you are not connected to the internet' appears. Tried various resets of the iphone handset, turning on and off etc. to no avail. All roaming options activated on the handset. Usually still no data.

On the very rare occasion that the 3G service is enabled and the data works, 2-3 minutes reading facebook or one google search for a hire car reached the $25USD daily limit. Then there was no data for the next 24 hours.

The calls worked OK about 50% of the time but the mechanism is cumbersome. Often the callback simply doesn't happen or the call disconnects immediately after the callback. Mostly had to try two or three times to get a call to go through.

Absolutely I would not recommend this product to anyone. Just buy a SIM in each country you visit and use that.

Alex V
1
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"DON'T BUY IT is my opinion"

Alex V posted a review   
Australia

The Good:They take your money quickly

The Bad:They take your call credit quickly

Just bought this for emergency calls only while away. After online registration and adding $25 credit I end up with $26 credit( supposed to have $30 ). Also the Handset Top-Up Activation terms of use aren't available to read because you get a blank page when you click on the link as I write this 5th september 2013.I would have bought another if I was not in such a rush.

nicked off
1
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"dodgy results"

nicked off posted a review   
Australia

The Good:nothing

The Bad:appears to be hacked and sucked up my money

FEB 2013 purchased a card in australia for a trip to fiji added $50aud .Did all the activations etc however friends and family could not contact me by either text or call. i had 7
" missed " mystery calls from romania , germany , britain and the only time the phone actually rang it went instantly to missed calls - i could not call these numbers back and my balance plummeted.
i had not had a chance to do a practice call before i left , but i did one on return , the phone rang but when i answered it went straight to missed call .
I AM NOT HAPPY AND WILL ENDEAVOUR TO GET MY MONEY BACK
I have called for a log of calls , but 5 will get you 10 that i do not get any result.

osea123
3
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"Take care and be aware of where you buy your TravelSim."

osea123 posted a review   

The Good:cheap calls

The Bad:TravelSim organisation should have been better setup.

My saga with 'TravelSim' started whilst travelling overseas.

I found myself in Russia and needed a sim card for travellers. A 'TravelSim' sign outside a Moscow shop beckoned me inside. I'm English speaking, the lady spoke English, she sold me a TravelSim card and I bought credit. Excellent. It worked well, I was very pleased. It was put aside upon returning home for the next overseas trip.

Getting things ready for next trip, I needed to add credit to my TravelSim. I found paperwork and I logged on to the .RU website. Russian is not my first language, although I was able to understand a few written words of Russian, it became language-impossible for me to complete the top-up of my Sim.

I thought, fair enough I'll find an English-speaking TravelSim webpage and top-up my Sim there. I did so, it went through perfectly and a sum of money was invested. A day or two later, I received an email to state my top-up could not be completed because I did not buy my Estonia-numbered Sim from them. Why should that matter ? ....
The saga deepens. I'll explain how it was explained to me.

'TRAVELSIM' does not have a 'Mother' company with 'Daughter' TravelSim branches in all other countries where it is represented. Each 'TravelSim' outlet is independently owned and run as a sole business, there is no headquarters organisation.

So my advice is, if you still wish to go with TravelSim, be careful where you buy it or you may fall into the trap I found myself in.

Summary, I asked for a refund of top-up money, they agreed, I waited 2 weeks, enquired again, I then received notice that this particular Travelsim's bank had refused the refund.
Resigned now to say goodbye to my top-up credit.
BEWARE.

mak0417
1
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"Travel Sim card scored while overseas and useless"

mak0417 posted a review   
Australia

The Good:Travel sim replacement card costs $25

The Bad:Could not replace the card until I retuned to Australia

Beware if your travel sim card has a problem.

Travelsim people will forward a replacement card for the damaged sim card at a cost of $25. Difficulty being if you are travelling, the card may not be received at a postal address. Also, not a straightforward process when ringing anyone.....many 'call failed' messages.

Travelsim advise they do not refund any credit balance. So I will have a new travel sim card. As I am not going overseas in the foreseeable future, apparently, I must use the sim card every 6 months or the credit balance will expire.

This has turned out to be an expensive exercise.

KevinF1 Facebook
1
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"Pathetic sim card for international travel"

KevinF1 posted a review   

The Good:registration via the internet

The Bad:quite expensive and resolving of problems is slow to non existent

I bought travel sim before leaving Australia on my way to Thailand and Israel. I also bought a top up for AUD $50.00 as the sim is only pre-loaded with $5.00. I used my travel sim in Bangkok for 10 sms messages and in Israel for 5 sms messages. After this I could not send any further as it kept telling me "message failed to send". The recipient however told me that she had received my message at least 20 times and 11 times on two occasions. On checking my credit balance I had zero recharge remaining. I logged a complaint with Travel sim which to date has taken 3 days without any solution and I am without a phone. I have now purchased a local sim card and advise everyone against using travel sim as their service is poor and they have no deisre to resolve complaints.

kazza22au
8
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"Travelsim excellent"

kazza22au posted a review   
Australia

The Good:Reliable and easy to add credit

The Bad:None really

Hi
I used the Travelsim card whilst travelling through Europe - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France and the UK in December/January. I was very happy with it allround, yes you do have to phone a number first and then your phone rings and you are connected to the person you want to call. I liked the fact that I could use it anywhere and my family could be in constant contact if need be. Maybe the rates are not the cheapest but it works well and you can add credit anytime you like.
I registered it and used it(as instructed to do) before I left Australia. I just used my phone and took my normal sim card out.

traveller_cos
4
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"Over priced"

traveller_cos posted a review   
Australia

The Good:Wide coverage

The Bad:160 character SMS limit

I recently purchased a TravelSIM Global SIM for use in India, Nepal and the Maldives while travelling for holidays. Voice call rates were as stated on the TravelSIM Website - not the cheapest but reasonable.

My biggest surprise was their SMS charges. When you look at the Rates they seem reasonable (average of 43 cents Australian per message) - but to my dismay this is for messages with a maximum of 160 characters.

An example of how this can rapidly erode your credit. A message of around 810 characters (which is the equivalent of a full iPhone or HTC screen) sent to 8 people can cost in excess of AUD20.

 

aranciata_oz posted a comment   
Australia

I used this same Travelsim in Europe during their summer in 2009 ... as I was only after consistent phone calls and SMS, it was very reliable (no mobile internet data; that's what the many motel/hotel and McDonalds wifi places are for ...).

While I initially had reservations of the service (the mobile number you are given is a quaint Estonian number ...), it had no trouble locking in to any mobile network wherever I landed, whether it was Singapore, UK, Czech Republic, Italy, France or Hong Kong. And yes it worked in Australia too ... :)

Yes the call making technique is a little strange (it rings you back straight after you ring out), but the bottomline is it's quick, it works, and the call clarity was fine - when I was in a motel in Paris, I can still remember one particular 1 hour long call from my mate in Sydney (he was trying to burn up his international call credits on his Vodafone) ... the clarity of the call was very clear, not that different from a normal mobile, and certainly better than Skype.

Note however Travelsim's old SIM card (then) did not work for my HTC Magic phone when it came to making outgoing calls - it would send and receive SMS's OK - Travelsim's website listed a number of other mobiles that did not fully work with their SIM card when it came to making calls - DO CHECK THAT LIST. Their new SIM card may not have this issue altogether.

So I used the Travelsim card on my Nokia 6110 Navigator for all my texts and calls - it was excellent. The HTC Magic would then simply be my travelogue note taker which I wrote all my emails offline, then sync whenever there was wifi (France was generally good, Italy was a hassle as they required ID for security purposes, including McDonalds which wanted an Italian mobile phone number for registration).

I later suggested Travelsim to an older couple friend of mine who visited Russia in 2010, followed by UK/Ireland this year - thumbs up for Travelsim, because they had to ring their elderly mum in Sydney almost every day to check on her well being, and at between 50c to $1 a minute, it wasn't a bad rate, considering the convenience of the one number they were travelling with and the reliability of the network roaming. And the transactions come up on the Travelsim account login almost instantaneously.

All in all, a very very good service for text and calls; I'll be using it again when I next travel. So next time you travel leave the mobile data for when/where there is a wifi connection (plenty of these just about anywhere in the developed world) ... otherwise for texts and calls, go for the Travelsim (but check your phone works with it!).

aranciata_oz
7
Rating
 

"Reliable, reasonably costed service."

aranciata_oz posted a review   
Australia

The Good:Decent prepaid call rates, convenience of one number when travelling

The Bad:Some phones like HTC Magic won't work with the SIM, lack of mobile data (if you're in places where wifi is limited)

Oh, forgot to mention, my older friend couple loved the fact their grandkids could send them free texts from Travelsim's webpage ...

 

aranciata_oz posted a reply   
Australia

Oh ... another thing ... :) ... one GREAT feature of services like Travelsim is you don't need to look for a public telephone when you're trying to ring your hotel / motel / taxi etc ... it matters a great deal if you're intimidated by new surroundings, language etc ... in Prague, when I tried to ring a friend in Ostrava (another part of Cz Rep) from a public telephone, the timed calls on the public telephone were RIDICULOUSLY expensive - I burned something like 14 Koruny (about Aus$1) every 30-60secs before it would cut out, requiring more coins and more manual dialling ... it ended up being cheaper ringing them from my Travelsim ...


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