Contact   Imprint   Advertising   Guidelines

Multi country SIM card

Forum for travel reports and travel questions
Pana
Medium Poster
Posts: 152
Joined: Thu Jan 07, 2016 12:46 am
Kiting since: 2010
Weight: 200 lbs
Local Beach: Lake Champlain, Baie des Brises.
Favorite Beaches: Cabarete, Paracuru, Santa Veronica
Style: Smooth, old school, wave carver
Gear: Ozone Enduro V1 6m V3 -7-8-9
Ocean Rodeo Aluula Roam 10-12 & 14m
Nomad wave TT 138x38 (broken) 140x40/ 143X42.5/ 153 X 43
Shared gear with adorable wife
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: Qué./ Canada
Has thanked: 11 times
Been thanked: 49 times

Multi country SIM card

Postby Pana » Thu Jan 20, 2022 2:33 am

Hi, looking for a sim card that I could use in Columbia/Dominican Republic/ Brasil. Idealy one that would last a whole year. Anybody have insight ?

Hugh2
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 1399
Joined: Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:38 am
Kiting since: 2005
Weight: 190lb/86kg
Local Beach: Clinton Lake in East-Central Illinois
Favorite Beaches: Cape Hatteras and Cape Town
Style: freeride
Gear: Cabrinha Nomad 5.5, Best Cabo 6, Naish Pivot 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11, Cabrinha Vector 12
Long Ocean 136, Eleveight Master C+ 136, Naish Global 6'0", RB Sixty 3 Matador 5' 8", Slingshot Hoverglide H5 foil and Alien Air 4' 6" and Converter boards
Brand Affiliation: None
Has thanked: 63 times
Been thanked: 206 times

Re: Multi country SIM card

Postby Hugh2 » Thu Jan 20, 2022 9:55 am

From my experience it is not worth trying to do that. The SIM cards are cheap, just get one in each country.

Pana
Medium Poster
Posts: 152
Joined: Thu Jan 07, 2016 12:46 am
Kiting since: 2010
Weight: 200 lbs
Local Beach: Lake Champlain, Baie des Brises.
Favorite Beaches: Cabarete, Paracuru, Santa Veronica
Style: Smooth, old school, wave carver
Gear: Ozone Enduro V1 6m V3 -7-8-9
Ocean Rodeo Aluula Roam 10-12 & 14m
Nomad wave TT 138x38 (broken) 140x40/ 143X42.5/ 153 X 43
Shared gear with adorable wife
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: Qué./ Canada
Has thanked: 11 times
Been thanked: 49 times

Re: Multi country SIM card

Postby Pana » Thu Jan 20, 2022 10:08 pm

Hugh2 wrote:
Thu Jan 20, 2022 9:55 am
From my experience it is not worth trying to do that. The SIM cards are cheap, just get one in each country.
For one you can’t get activated in Brasil unless you have access to a cpf number.
Two, only 2 weeks in columbia.
3 you must change numbers each time wich complicates things.

BWD
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 3821
Joined: Thu Jun 05, 2003 3:37 am
Has thanked: 2 times
Been thanked: 75 times

Re: Multi country SIM card

Postby BWD » Thu Jan 20, 2022 10:59 pm

Last time I traveled you could get verizon to work pretty much anywhere for a quoted $10/day rate.
But the rate was often lower, as most partner networks in other countries only billed for the actual data used.
So I would travel for 5-10 days and use data every day, but only get billed for some of the days.
In my case, it wasn't a lot of data, since I was mainly sightseeing or on the water whenever possible!
And they had better options for long term, but still not as good as a local sim and plan probably.
Does let you keep your phone, number, and service you are used to though.
Sorry I don't have a better answer.

Hugh2
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 1399
Joined: Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:38 am
Kiting since: 2005
Weight: 190lb/86kg
Local Beach: Clinton Lake in East-Central Illinois
Favorite Beaches: Cape Hatteras and Cape Town
Style: freeride
Gear: Cabrinha Nomad 5.5, Best Cabo 6, Naish Pivot 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11, Cabrinha Vector 12
Long Ocean 136, Eleveight Master C+ 136, Naish Global 6'0", RB Sixty 3 Matador 5' 8", Slingshot Hoverglide H5 foil and Alien Air 4' 6" and Converter boards
Brand Affiliation: None
Has thanked: 63 times
Been thanked: 206 times

Re: Multi country SIM card

Postby Hugh2 » Fri Jan 21, 2022 7:22 am

Okay, so for me I used to pay ATT for overseas service outside of the continental North America, originally about $50 per month, then $60, then $70, and now they don't even offer this Passport option, instead charging $10 per day (and from my experience they actually do charge that every day you have your phone connected to a network, that is, do not have airplane mode selected). That is highway robbery, so for Panama and South Africa, my two destinations over the past two years, I've gotten cheap local SIM cards with cheap data and just used WhatsApp for all communications, plus email. So, I don't have my usual phone number for simple phone calls or messaging (although here in SA I have a local number), instead I just buy data and everyone here and in Panama uses WhatsApp for messages and calls. Cost per month has been around $10, with reasonably intense data usage for navigation, messaging, photos and videos sent and received, some music, and news sources, plus of course lots of wind forecasts and KiteForum Spots etc. About 2Gb for each month here. Same for Panama.

An alternative you might want to check into is Google Fi, which last I checked is supposed to work on most phones now. It allows usage of the same phone and number worldwide. Friends who joined us in SA two years ago used it very successfully on their Samsung phones, and it is their network back home in the USA too. And lots of globe-wandering yachties use it too. https://fi.google.com/about/


Return to “Travel”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests