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  • SteveJ 978 posts

    About try Nomad in a few days. I posted about it a little earlier if you scroll, can provide feedback on Saturday.


    @jayjay
    did you ever use Nomad? How did it work out?

    Kuestrian 56 posts

    Just got back from a trip to SEA and used Nomad on both our phones, which worked perfectly. The app is fantastic, it used the best cell providers in each country and was cheaper than Airalo.

    They have regular sales and a referral scheme too. They’re my go-to eSIM now.

    SteveJ 978 posts

    Thanks @Kuestrian, if you have a referral code I’ll take you up on one.

    George 4 posts

    @Kuestrian how do you get on with installing the SIMs? The guides suggest scanning a QR code from a different device which seems unnecessarily difficult vs Airalo with a one click installation.

    Seagull 60 posts

    Does anyone have a NOMAD referral code they’d be happy to share? Thanks.

    RK228 202 posts

    Because EE’s roaming pass went up in price about 150% since last year and because I had need to make and receive some local phone calls (which ruled out Airalo), I decided to try T-Mobile’s PAYG eSim offering for the USA a few weeks ago (via T-Mobile Prepaid eSim app). I was actually able to activate the sim before arriving in the US (although it did take a few hours for the sim to start working to enable me to turn on wifi-calling, which seems necessary for activation while outside of the US) and I was allocated a very local phone number (area code was based on US address I provided in app).

    While in the USA, I was able to phone, text, and use data without any issues. Thirty-day plans seem to start from USD $10 for 1gb, 1000 min, and 1000 texts, so fairly reasonable for the USA if you need to make calls and what not (make sure to select “limited data plan” option to see these prices, as the quite expensive unlimited options are shown first).

    gw57 28 posts

    Daughter and a friend are off to Hong Kong and Thailand for 10-12 days soon. I have used Airalo in the US myself but note recent comments about support !,

    Anyone have a view on the best eSIM or physical sim to look at for their travels

    Thanks in advance

    SteveJ 978 posts

    Daughter and a friend are off to Hong Kong and Thailand for 10-12 days soon. I have used Airalo in the US myself but note recent comments about support !,

    Anyone have a view on the best eSIM or physical sim to look at for their travels

    Thanks in advance

    Airalo is fine and their CS quite swift over WhatsApp. Key tips are to make sure to restart your device after installing the esim and make sure roaming is enabled on the esim line, those are the usual reasons the line might not connect.

    BBbetter 633 posts

    An Airalo offer on HUKD, if any one is interested.

    PeteM 714 posts

    Thank you – not a bad deal! Think it’s available directly via their website too and the usual cash*ack sites, but not on all the plans.

    Jill Kinkell 155 posts

    Daughter and a friend are off to Hong Kong and Thailand for 10-12 days soon. I have used Airalo in the US myself but note recent comments about support !,

    Anyone have a view on the best eSIM or physical sim to look at for their travels

    Thanks in advance

    Currently using Airalo Asia package for use in 12 countries given we are going to 5 of them seems to be working fine in Singapore. 30 days for ~£13

    RK228 202 posts

    Daughter and a friend are off to Hong Kong and Thailand for 10-12 days soon. I have used Airalo in the US myself but note recent comments about support !,

    Anyone have a view on the best eSIM or physical sim to look at for their travels

    Thanks in advance

    I used the 3 HK eSIM because I wanted to be able to use the HKTaxi app (you need a local phone number to use this, which Airalo won’t provide) and found it worked well.

    It’s also possible to add travel data (and phone calls/texts in some cases) for many countries around the world at decent rates once you have the sim (3 HK app isn’t available on UK App Store, so I used Mobimatters to get the eSIM initially and then Sim World app from 3 HK to top up).

    Be aware that you need to do ID verification though if planning to use in HK or mainland China, I think (by submitting photo of passport page).

    mkcol 49 posts

    Long thread – would the consensus that NOMAD is better than Airalo?

    BajiNahid 169 posts

    If anyone wants to purchase an E-Sim this is my referral link! Save and enjoy!

    Hey, have you tried an eSIM? Get US$3 off your first eSIM data pack from Airalo. Use code BABER5112 when you sign up or apply it at checkout. https://ref.airalo.com/Vt6v

    Kuestrian 56 posts

    Long thread – would the consensus that NOMAD is better than Airalo?

    I think so. It worked flawlessly in SEA, and the app is very good. They have constant sales on too.

    The acid test will be the US in summer.

    SteveJ 978 posts

    Long thread – would the consensus that NOMAD is better than Airalo?

    Airalo has worked seemlessly for me, I’d just go with whichever is cheaper/who’s sign up offer you’ve not yet used!

    TedL 41 posts

    @JDB as the fount of all knowledge Argentinian on this forum, could you advise which is the best local Sim to get in Argentina. We will be in BA for four days before joining a cruise ending in Santiago. Do Argentinian sims also allow roaming in Chile at no additional charge. I cant use an eSim and really only require data. TIA.

    Sandgrounder 14 posts

    Anyone tried the new Revolut global data esim? Seems reasonably priced and convenient, with 100mb free global data if you sign up before the end of April. Anyone have any comments?

    rams 223 posts

    If anyone wants to purchase an E-Sim this is my referral link! Save and enjoy!

    Hey, have you tried an eSIM? Get US$3 off your first eSIM data pack from Airalo. Use code BABER5112 when you sign up or apply it at checkout. https://ref.airalo.com/Vt6v

    I used this recently. Here is mine:
    Hey, have you tried an eSIM? Get US$3 off your first eSIM data pack from Airalo. Use code ASHAN6266 when you sign up or apply it at checkout. https://ref.airalo.com/Hi2p

    gw57 28 posts

    Daughter used Airalo fine up until she had to add data then just could not get it to work so had to deploy O2 travel bolt on @£6 a day

    Tried various suggestions from online searches none worked….

    Daughter and a friend are off to Hong Kong and Thailand for 10-12 days soon. I have used Airalo in the US myself but note recent comments about support !,

    Anyone have a view on the best eSIM or physical sim to look at for their travels

    Thanks in advance

    Airalo is fine and their CS quite swift over WhatsApp. Key tips are to make sure to restart your device after installing the esim and make sure roaming is enabled on the esim line, those are the usual reasons the line might not connect.

    Daughter and a friend are off to Hong Kong and Thailand for 10-12 days soon. I have used Airalo in the US myself but note recent comments about support !,

    Anyone have a view on the best eSIM or physical sim to look at for their travels

    Thanks in advance

    FatherOfFour 282 posts

    Is there much in here about NON eSIMs and/or travel 4G/5G routers?
    We are away next month- we have 3 mobiles, 3 Kindle Fires and a laptop between us. Whilst we dont want the kids (or us) on devices for our whole trip, it’s inevitable that they’ll need something to pass some time. Hotel WIFI will work for some of our trip, but we also have a week on the road in an RV and there is also “out and about” where the adults might need access to Maps, Ticket Sites, OLCI and HfP!

    Our mobiles aren’t eSIM compatible.

    I’ve seen some pretty good SIM deals available to pick up when we get there- but I’m torn between getting 2 of these for the adult phones (turn on hotspot when the kids need it) or getting a travel hotspot and linking us all up to that- side benefit being I could install our VPN on it and also hook it up more easily to hotel WIFI where applicable. The only thing putting me off this is the portability- probably not huge, but I guess I’d need to lug it around to access maps on the go?

    Any experience/advice?

    davefl 1,217 posts

    There is a way to add esim compatibility with this https://esim.me/

    I was going to buy one but then my old moto died and the new moto has esim capability so I didn’t need it.

    Kuestrian 56 posts

    Sorry, only just seen these (this forum really needs to alert you to mentions), but better late than never…

    Thanks @Kuestrian, if you have a referral code I’ll take you up on one.

    I don’t normally bother with referral codes as they have promos on nearly all the time and the codes do dox you, unfortunately!

    Here’s the current promo for 10% off: NOMADTUE

    The promos mean it’s usually cheaper to buy a new sim than top up, if you run out. It’s a shame they don’t apply the promo codes to top-ups.

    @Kuestrian how do you get on with installing the SIMs? The guides suggest scanning a QR code from a different device which seems unnecessarily difficult vs Airalo with a one click installation.

    No, it’s really easy – you just add it straight from the app:

    https://www.getnomad.app/blog/how-to-install-esim

    redethernet1 89 posts

    Anyone tried the new Revolut global data esim? Seems reasonably priced and convenient, with 100mb free global data if you sign up before the end of April. Anyone have any comments?

    sounds awseome but im not paying £540 for another amex platinum try-hard card

    Kuestrian 56 posts

    New sale code for 15% off Nomad eSims: SPRINGXNOMAD24

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