What I *Now* Use For International Calls And Data (I learned the hard way)

by Zac George

This is a post I’ve meant to write for sometime, and I’m happy to finally be able to write it. A question I get asked often is “what do you use for calls, texts, and data overseas” well I’ve learned the hard way, and now I know what to do without going broke. Thanks, Telstra :/

Previously I have just used my home sim which is with Telstra because It was simple and easy and the plan I have gives international data, calls, and texts. What I didn’t realize was how fast the cost of international data could rise… Now this wasn’t using it all day; this was an hour worth of browsing.

How nice of Telstra to send me travel pass information at the end of my trip!

How nice of Telstra to send me travel pass information at the end of my trip!

So after nearly having a heart attack I decided to investigate and find a plan or sim that wouldn’t make me go broke. And I decided to try a T-mobile pre-paid sim.

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I decided to purchase an Unlimited T-mobile sim which includes the following:

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data starting with up to 3GB of 4G LTE
  • The freedom to buy a new device or bring your own
  • Coverage on T-Mobile’s Nationwide 4G LTE network
  • The ability to stream as much music as you want with Music Unlimited
  • Great prices for bigger data appetites

I paid just over $100 for the sim, and I can happily say that I won’t ever be using Telstra overseas again. The data is LTE, so it’s lightning fast, and the coverage is absolutely fantastic!

I would recommend this sim to anyone from other countries, and if I were a U.S citizen I would switch to T-mobile (Don’t worry I tried but I need to be a citizen)

Bottom Line

After spending time with the sim, I have been so impressed by how well it works, and I am a very satisfied customer.

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1 comment

James Bryant May 29, 2017 - 2:37 pm

One of the best ideas if you’re going to be spending 50% if your time in the USA is to check out Google’s Project Fi – it’s only for Google’s Android phones, but it’s incredible value if you travel a lot.

You pay $20 a month plus $10 a gigabyte (but only pay for what you use, if you use 250mb you get $7.50 back etc) here is the killer though. It roams FOR FREE with no extra charges on calls, texts or data to just about every country in the world. In the USA it uses Tmobile, Sprint and USA Cellular for its MVNO networks and also connects to the many free wifi hotspots too.

It’s incredible value if you travel a lot and are in the USA a bit. You have to be in the USA to set it up though!

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