So far in my WTT travels, I’ve only done one trek out of the US, to Canada (Toronto. is. amazing.). But when I did, roaming didn’t seem to work for me and my wifi options were dismal at the hotel. For someone whose work is almost all online, it was a frustrating experience I’m not keen to repeat (read: over $200 in charges and still scouting decent wifi).
As I’m planning another Canadian visit and possibly European this year, I know I’ll be in the same situation again, so I’m incredibly glad to find KnowRoaming. Simply by applying a KnowRoaming SIM Sticker to my SIM card (I’ve an iPhone 6 which is unlocked on the Verizon network, though it is usable on unlocked phones and tablets, including iPhone, Android phones and Windows mobile), I can connect to local networks for voice, data and SMS services and save on the roaming costs while traveling. While at home it’s dormant. There is a free app (available for iPhone and Android) to manage my account, check rates and view real-time usage (so much better than getting the bill a month later!).
The sticker also works in over 200 countries, and costs $7.99 per day in over 80 of them. As it’s prepaid, with no expiring balances, I’m not rushing to use up time if I’m not traveling. It’s also transparent, as I can see how much every service costs in each country from their rate calculator, and still use my own number, or purchase a foreign one.
I’ll be testing KnowRoaming out this summer, but so far it seems like a seamless way to connect internationally.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by KnowRoaming in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.