Staying connected as we travel has never been easier. Travellers can choose from a variety of options; from subscribing to international data roaming plans to purchasing local/global SIM cards or a wifi device, or simply making use of wifi connections at hotels, cafés and restaurants. Each option has its pros and cons. International data roaming plans can be pricey, using a local/global SIM card involves switching SIM cards in your phone (with the added risk of misplacing your home SIM card, something that’s happened to me twice!) and local wifi hotspots can be patchy and unsecured.
As a frequent traveller, I’ve tried all these options but I think I’ve found the best international data roaming solution so far, one that:
- doesn’t involve physically switching SIM cards
- doesn’t involve carrying a wifi device with me
- allows me to have 4G quality roaming in 100+ countries
- comes with a very reasonable cost.
Allow me to introduce you to Flexiroam!
An easy and flexible international data roaming solution
Using Flexiroam – getting started
So far, I’ve used Flexiroam in numerous countries. I’m really happy with how easy it is to use and the quality of the connections. Most importantly, I don’t have to switch SIM cards! In addition, the app allows me to keep track of my data usage and top-up my balance when necessary. This is the part I find so cool about Flexiroam: instead of replacing physical SIM cards, Flexiroam utilises an eSIM (a digital SIM) which you can easily switch to/from your own (physical) SIM card.
I then downloaded the Flexiroam app and followed the guide to activate the eSIM. I completed the steps in a few minutes and I was ready to go.
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I find the pricing pretty reasonable. There are global, regional and country plans to choose from. Purchasing a local data plan may be cheaper in certain countries. However, if you’re on a short trip, or visiting multiple countries such as in Latin America, the convenience offered by Flexiroam, which doesn’t involve changing SIM cards and extra paperwork (to obtain a local SIM card), weighs more in my book. As soon as I arrive at my destination, I switch to Flexiroam and it automatically connects with a partner network.
Examples of how much I’ve paid so far:
- Malaysia: 5GB for 24 days for USD32
- Canada: 5GB for 24 days for USD 80
- Thailand: 5GB for 15 days for USD25
- Indonesia: 3GB for 8 days for USD15
- South Africa: 3GB for 8 days for USD22
Furthermore, there are all sorts of discounted rates such as early-bird purchases (e.g. 50% off when purchased 30 days or 70% off when purchased 90 days before the data plan starts), buy-1-get-1-free and other special offers which you can find via the app. My advice is, once you’ve made your travel plans, purchase the data plan as soon as possible for chances of a bigger discount.
You can earn extra data (100MB to be exact) for each referral to family and friends. As an extra bonus, they get 100MB too! Via the app, you can share a unique link which your family and friends can use to purchase Flexiroam. If you sign up for FlexiroamX via this link, you’ll get 100MB free and so will I! 🙂
Conclusion: I’m really glad I discovered Flexiroam. It’s a nifty solution and the 4G connections in the countries I’ve used it so far have been great. Based on my experience so far, I’m more than happy to recommend this international data roaming solution.