Best SIM Only: Monthly Rolling Contract And Prepaid



Prepaid SIM cards, for which usage?

With plenty of offers available, and prices that are dangeroiusly close to abonments, prepaid SIM cards can be more useful than simply avoiding a recurring and annoying contract with an operator.

For our own use, such as going on a world tour‌ or simply browsing Internet choosing the right bikini‌ at home, we use the DRIMSIM‌ card, an international SIM‌ card that offers great rates everywhere around the world.

However, when turning on a mobile VPN‌ to secure your phone‌ or doing a lot of online swimsuit‌ shopping, it might be cheaper and more efficient to get a local SIM: depending on the country you are in, Lycamobile SIM cards and Lebara SIM cards are available in nearly whole Europe, Virgin mobile‌ covers most English speaking countries with some specificities for Australian SIM‌ cards, and Claro mobile‌ covers most of Latin America. For North America and Africa, the best being to go with your international SIM‌ card or to get local ones once landing in the country.

We asked 3 experts what are their usage for prepaid SIM cards and which ones they use - their answers might surprise you!

Do you use a prepaid SIM card? What is your usage: is it for personal use, professional, for travel, for privacy, for mobile Internet? Which provider (and in which country) worked best in your experience? Have you faced any major issue?
Secure your prepaid SIM card internet connection
Secure your prepaid SIM card internet connection 

Anh Trinh, GeekWithLaptop: use Flexiroam international SIM card

I am stationed in Vietnam and I often travel to other countries as I do business. Since I do this often, I’ve bought a lot of prepaid SIM cards for different countries. These sims are a mix of business and personal use. I mainly use them to access the internet to either contact my clients or pass the time.

However, I’ve realized this was inefficient and costly. I had to pay for ridiculous rates for internet access that I’ll be using for a few days. Most prepaid does allow for daily or by data use but they are still expensive to use!

Thankfully I’ve found a reliable international prepaid called Flexiroam. Flexiroam allows you to use a single SIM card for multiple countries and they don’t charge exorbitant prices.

Flexiroam

Sadly, the speed of the internet speed depends on the country itself so more developed countries like the US and France have better internet than Vietnam and Malaysia.

Anh built his first desktop at the age of 10 and he started coding when he was 14 years old. He knows a thing or two when it comes to finding a good laptop and he aims to share everything he knows through his websites online.
Anh built his first desktop at the age of 10 and he started coding when he was 14 years old. He knows a thing or two when it comes to finding a good laptop and he aims to share everything he knows through his websites online.
  GeekWithLaptop

Philip Weiss, PhilipWeiss.org: use GoRoam international SIM card

I always use a SIM card‌ since it’s more convenient and cheaper if you travel often. Personally I like to use Go Roam by Three U.K which works in most countries in mainland Europe. I’ve used it in Spain, Greece, and Portugal with no issue, and it works in over 71 countries. Their rates are unbeatable, in my opinion, as you get unlimited calls and SMS with most packages, and at least 5GB of data for about 30 dollars a month.

For me, that’s a pretty good bargain, and I can make local calls without having to spend data on Skype and Whatsapp. With a basic 5GB package I have enough data to work abroad as a digital nomad for a month by being frugal with my data and only uploading big files when I have local wi-fi. Adding more data is also cheap, so I can always reload if I need more data.

After realizing the 9 to 5 life wasn't for him, Philip quit his job in the aviation industry and decided to travel the world in his own terms. Currently, he is based between NYC and Cambodia, he is a full-time digital nomad and the founder of his travel blog, PhilipWeiss.org.
After realizing the 9 to 5 life wasn't for him, Philip quit his job in the aviation industry and decided to travel the world in his own terms. Currently, he is based between NYC and Cambodia, he is a full-time digital nomad and the founder of his travel blog, PhilipWeiss.org.
  A Travel blog by Philip Weiss

Luka Arezina, Data Prot: a new Orange SIM card every month for privacy

I like to use Orange prepaid SIM cards for their fast and reliable mobile service in Europe and since I prefer not to give out my personal details to mobile service providers.

I can avoid receiving a bunch of spam messages and having my personal information sold to advertisers this way. The more places that have access to my personal data increases the chance of having my personal information compromised, as it will be available in multiple

databases. So, for this reason, I prefer to keep my information private and purchase a new prepaid card every month.

Armed with a degree in Philosophy and an obsession with technology, Luka has combined his prowess at making complicated topics accessible with his passion for data safety. The result is DataProt: a project that helps folks retain the basics of a fundamental human need – privacy.
Armed with a degree in Philosophy and an obsession with technology, Luka has combined his prowess at making complicated topics accessible with his passion for data safety. The result is DataProt: a project that helps folks retain the basics of a fundamental human need – privacy.
  DataProt
Secure your prepaid SIM card internet connection with VPN
Secure your prepaid SIM card internet connection with VPN 
Main picture credit: Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

Best SIM only with monthly rolling contract

While using an international SIM‌ is usually the best solution when moving regularly, as prepaid SIM cards are ensuring that it isn't possible to go over the budget, it might be a better idea to get the best SIM only with monthly rolling contract when staying somewhere for a longer period of time.

But in every place, different phone operators offer different services. In order to find out the better ones in several countries, I asked around and got these amazing answers.

Which SIM card operator are you using for your daily life (and in which state or country do you live)? Why would you recommend it - or advise against? Are you using it while traveling or are you using another SIM card?

Daniel Webb, Fit Feedback: in Mexico, Telcel is worth it because of its vast coverage

I currently live in Mexico and I use Telcel as a SIM card‌ operator. I travel quite a lot because I have an avocado orchard in the countryside and I reside in Mexico City. Telcel might be a little more expensive compared to other carriers, but it is definitely worth it because of its vast coverage. They provide decent data speed even in remote areas, this is really useful, if like me, you can't afford to wait to read emails when you get home.

Travel to Mexico? - Before You Leave | Telcel
Daniel Webb, Marketing and Social Outreach, Fit Feedback
Daniel Webb, Marketing and Social Outreach, Fit Feedback
  Fit Feedback

Quincy Smith, Test Prep Nerds: in Shanghai, China Unicom are cheap and leading 5G coverage

I currently live in Shanghai, China and have used China Unicom exclusively for the past 4 years - they offer coverage everywhere, are cheap (I pay about $15 USD per month for 20gb of data + calling) and are leading the charge in 5G coverage. On top of that, they have reps that can speak English if my Chinese is lacking - all in all a great carrier and they also work in Hong Kong when I have to go for business.

China Unicom: Prepaid SIM Card and Mobile Plans in China
Quincy Smith, Co-Founder, Test Prep Nerds
Quincy Smith, Co-Founder, Test Prep Nerds
   Test Prep Nerds

Susan Thompson, Topp Casino Bonus: Verizon because it has the best connectivity all over the United States

I am based in the United States of America and I use Verizon as my SIM card operator for daily life use.

Verizon: Wireless, Internet, TV and Phone Services | Official Site

I’m recommending Verizon because of below additional and unique features:

You can send data as a gift to anyone, which can be redeemed instantly or banked for later use. Verizon offers virus-scanning and browsing protection for free using Verizon Support & Protection App. It offers a free limited-time subscription for Disney+, HULU, ESPN+, etc.

It has the best connectivity all over the United States. I don’t need to switch SIMs while traveling within the country. But yes, I’m using another sim card if I go for an international trip because of easy access and low costing.

Susan Thompson, Digital Marketing Manager at Topp Casino Bonus
Susan Thompson, Digital Marketing Manager at Topp Casino Bonus
  Topp Casino Bonus

Madhsudhan Khemchandan, MK's Guide: in Adelaide, Australia I find Telstra fast and reliable

I have been living in Adelaide, Australia, for over five years, and I have changed the SIM company three times. I have used, Optus, Vodafone, Lyca mobile‌ and Telstra and out of 4, I find Telstra fast and reliable. The problem in Australia is fewer population and because of that many SIM cards don't work for half the time while travelling to another city. Telstra eliminates this issue, and you get at least two bars to make calls and use the internet. It offers 5G in the CBD area, and they are rapidly growing, and I regularly see 5G in other parts of the city. Even though Telstra is the most expensive SIM operator in Australia, it's the most favourite and used.

Telstra - Mobile Phones, Home Phones, NBN, Entertainment, ...
Madhsudhan Khemchandan, MK's Guide
Madhsudhan Khemchandan, MK's Guide
  MK's Guide
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