We will be heading to Europe in a bit and in the past we’ve just used T-mobiles free data (3G) on our phones. Being a thrifty bloke I switched our fleet to the pre pay $15pm plans and now don’t have that feature (not that we needed it in the past 24 months )
So, seeing as both of our phones 12 and 11 are eSIM capable it seems like we should go that route. So firstly what carrier should be use and I assume it’s easy to add the eSim card virtually.
US mobile seems to have a nice plan for 30 days with 5Gb - $15. We don’t the data really just iMessage, TXT and voice calls. We will not travel around Europe that much and only stay in one country.
It will be hard to find e-sim prepaid sim cards in Europe. In the UK only the major providers offer e-sim contracts. If you can switch your US plan to an e-sim, I would do that and use the physical sim to load a local one wherever you go.
Most European sim cards come with Europe-wide roaming included, so one card will sort you out data-wise. The principal rule is “call, text and internet” as if you were in your “eu-home country”, so read the fine print for text and voice rates if you travel to mutliple countries.
I use a data-only service called GigSky when I travel. It’s probably not the least expensive, but it’s easy to set up, and works with e-sims.
GigSky is definitely a good fallback option, especially on e-Sim devices but as you say rather expensive.
$50 for 5Gb data in Europe on GigSky and that is Data only.
A local sim card here in the UK gives you 20Gb Data for around $20 (unlimited data for around $40) and the benefit of a local phone number for voice calls and SMS. All sims cards sold in Europe can roam across the continent and be used “as if you were in your home country”
Does that still apply now that the UK has officially left the EU? I haven’t seen anything major suggesting otherwise so far.
None of the providers has removed roaming as of yet.
Thanks, I think an app is the easiest way to go and see some Ok deals on the apps store 15Gigs for $25 - I realize that I won’t get a number or voice / txt capabilities but that’s ok. I also learnt that the eSIM is the future of IOT devices! I swear the Tmobile monthly plan was the best and at one stage we used it for 9 months in Europe with unlimited 3G data. I recall some folks in the US on Verizon pay $10 a day for data!
Also had another idea - switch my current tMobile account to eSIM ( not sure if pre pay allows that ) and use a local SIM. Perhaps I’d do that next time when I visit the UK.