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  • Mikeact 252 posts

    What eSims are you guys using for N America nowadays, I need calls as well as data ? I could recharge my T-Mobile eSim, but just interested to see what’s new.

    TJ 102 posts

    I have free roaming in North America with O2, but for countries not covered I tend to use Airalo (via TCB). Their service has always been reliable.

    If you are looking for the absolute cheapest deal, then take a look at the comparison site: https://esimdb.com/usa.

    RK228 231 posts

    What eSims are you guys using for N America nowadays, I need calls as well as data ? I could recharge my T-Mobile eSim, but just interested to see what’s new.

    Are you referring to the USA T-Mobile eSim? If so, I’m not aware of anything better, as you get a local US number, can readily make and receive calls, can activate it in the UK, and prices start from $10 (for 1gb, 1000 min, and 1000 texts), which is pretty reasonable for the US.

    Alex G 471 posts

    Data only e-sim plus Skype or other VOIP

    duggie1982 273 posts

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    TMG 11 posts

    I’ve used Mint for data and calls, can be activated from the UK. They take PayPal.

    yonasl 987 posts

    Recently used Airalo in Japan. Never in USA but it work seamlessly and was very easy to setup.

    Roberto 303 posts

    I get free roaming but SWMBO used an Airalo esim in her apple phone in the US, Canada and the Caribbean in the last six months or so and was pretty faultless everywhere.

    Gavin454 174 posts

    I bought one from MobiMatter for Thailand and have used Ubigi in Japan with no problems. I would probably just use the comparison site mentioned above, filter for the time/data you need, and check reviews before purchasing.

    Mikeact 252 posts

    Thanks one and all.My wife uses her amazing O2 inclusive US roaming and I think I’ll recharge my US T-Mobile, excellent coverage with 5g and hot spot etc. For those eSim ‘enthusiasts’, take a look at a recent French start up…Kolet. Thanks again.

    Lumma 17 posts

    Why I love Sony phones. Physical SIM card and you can open the tray without a tool. Great for arriving in a country without included roaming (although sometimes I enjoy not having data on holiday)

    davefl 1,457 posts

    Why I love Sony phones. Physical SIM card and you can open the tray without a tool. Great for arriving in a country without included roaming (although sometimes I enjoy not having data on holiday)

    It’s not really that difficult to keep a paper clip in your hand luggage 🙂

    memesweeper 1,331 posts

    I’ve used Mint for data and calls, can be activated from the UK. They take PayPal.

    +1 for Mint

    PeteM 804 posts

    I have free roaming in North America with O2

    Has this improved recently? Last year they were throttling the speed to the point it was unusable. Funnily enough my work O2 phone wasn’t throttled and was running at 20-30x times of my personal one…

    chistery 10 posts

    I’ve used Airhub for my last few USA trips.

    $13 for unlimited data and calls for 5 days. Was getting speeds over 400Mbps this weekend. Ordered in advance, eSIM is waiting to be added on arrival.

    (non affiliate link)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.airhub

    TJ 102 posts

    @PeteM Just back from Canada (BC) and had absolutely no issues with inclusive O2 roaming. Off to Mexico shortly where roaming is also included so will be interested to see how it performs there. Last year, roaming worked extremely well on US West Coast. The only place I had an issue with throttling is in New York early last year…haven’t been back since so not sure if things have improved.

    PeteM 804 posts

    @PeteM Just back from Canada (BC) and had absolutely no issues with inclusive O2 roaming. Off to Mexico shortly where roaming is also included so will be interested to see how it performs there. Last year, roaming worked extremely well on US West Coast. The only place I had an issue with throttling is in New York early last year…haven’t been back since so not sure if things have improved.

    Interesting, good to know. I had the same exact throttling problem in Mexico two years ago. In both cases I bought Airalo eSIMs and O2 refunded me on my return.

    Erico1875 144 posts

    I have free roaming in North America with O2

    Has this improved recently? Last year they were throttling the speed to the point it was unusable. Funnily enough my work O2 phone wasn’t throttled and was running at 20-30x times of my personal one…

    Maybe that was the reason Michael Matheson was using his Scottish Government laptop in Morocco 😀

    ianwardz 48 posts

    What eSims are you guys using for N America nowadays, I need calls as well as data ? I could recharge my T-Mobile eSim, but just interested to see what’s new.

    Are you referring to the USA T-Mobile eSim? If so, I’m not aware of anything better, as you get a local US number, can readily make and receive calls, can activate it in the UK, and prices start from $10 (for 1gb, 1000 min, and 1000 texts), which is pretty reasonable for the US.

    Could you post a link showing these prices. I looked last night as off to USA in May and I can only see $40 as the cheapest option.

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