I’m a bit of a strange traveller when it comes to phones. For the first year of my travels, I didn’t have one. I decided that I wanted to travel without distractions, and a phone was something I didn’t need. There were no Instagram updates, no using of Google Maps to help me navigate, no calling newfound friends to see where they were. From the second I left my hostel I was disconnected.
And I liked it.
But not enough. After a year of travel, I was fed up. I was fed up with not being able to contact people when I needed to, but most of all I was fed up with being lost. Every time I had to find my guesthouse in a new city, I’d have to take a photo of Google Maps in advance on my camera and try and figure out where to go from that. It was a horrendous way of finding my way around town and I needed a phone.
18 months after leaving England phone-free, I entered the Apple Store in Sydney and walked out $1000 lighter, but knowing exactly where I was. I had a phone and I liked it even more than I liked not having it. I had been converted.
But using it abroad was still a pain in the ass. In every country I visited, I had to pick up a local SIM card in order to stay connected and after a while, I found myself no longer bothering. Sometimes I’m in a country for a week, sometimes a month — when is it worth picking up a local SIM card? Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. I’m a bit of a flake.
So, international SIM cards. What’s the deal? An international SIM card works in multiple countries at a time, so you don’t have to keep switching out SIM cards in every country you visit. You’ll have a fixed number that people can contact you on, regardless of your location, you’ll have data, be able to send and receive calls, and send and receive text messages. In short, it works like a local SIM card but works in many other countries. It’s also far cheaper than data roaming with your SIM card from home, which can rack up bills in the 10s of thousands.
G3 Wireless provided me with a global SIM card to try out while I’m in Thailand and here are my thoughts.
Getting Set Up: Getting set up with the SIM card was quick and easy. I put the card in my phone, headed over to the G3 website and activated it by entering in the serial number on my SIM. After turning my phone off and on, and changing my data roaming settings, I was all good to go! It was that simple.
Now, it was time to see how everything else worked with the phone.
Using Data: Being able to use data was the most important feature for me. I rarely make phone calls or send texts, so having a data usage with the SIM card was needed. The data worked just as well as it would with a local SIM card, no problems at all.
Making Phone Calls: Making phone calls also worked well. I was able to call Dave in Thailand without a problem although there was quite a bit of a delay, but not enough that it would prevent us from talking.
I also called my mum in the UK, and that worked even better! The connection was strong and there wasn’t any delays.
Receiving Phone Calls: This worked just as well as making them. I gave Dave my phone number and he called me. The call was clear and with no problems apart from the two second delay I mentioned above.
Sending/Receiving Texts: This worked as you would expect. My texts went through without fail, and I was able to easily receive them, too.
My Final Verdict
I liked the G3 Global SIM card and I can see it saving me a lot of stress in the future. My global SIM card works in 90% of the countries I choose to travel to, eliminating the need for me to get a local SIM card in most places.
I’m a big fan and can whole heartedly recommend picking one up.
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