The first time I traveled to Europe I had no idea how or even if it would be possible to bring my phone along with me because, of course, I wanted to be able to communicate with people back home. I really wish I had known about the ChatSim back then because it’s a really cheap and easy solution for bringing your phone with you when you travel.
So this article (and video) should help answer questions you might have like: “How can I use my phone when I travel overseas?” or “How do I use a different sim card when I travel?” or “How can I text and message friends and family when abroad?” among others.
So the ChatSim is a sim card that costs $25 for US residents and comes with free text and emoji messaging for 1 year. And if you want to be able to send photos and videos while you’re out and a bout you can add some credits which start as low as $12 to make that happen. So it really doesn’t get any cheaper than that.
If you’re not sure what a sim card is it’s basically a little card that fits in your phone that contains a unique number that lets you hop on a cell network. When you’re traveling overseas the last thing you want to do is just bring your phone with you as is: if you do that you’re going to get dinged with some major, major fees. So you either want to use wifi only, add global service to your phone plan or use an international sim card like the ChatSim.
So ChatSim’s main use is to let you chat using your favorite apps. Right now ChatSim works with: Line, Imo, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Telegram, BBM, WhatsApp, QQ, Kakao Talk and Hike. And your coverage should be nice and fast as ChatSim connects to the best 3G and 4G networks it finds along your route.
And if you’re wondering where ChatSim works, well, it basically works in all the places you’d expect: North and South America, Europe, China, India, Australia and even several countries in Africa. You can see the full coverage map on ChatSim’s website.
It’s important to understand that ChatSim doesn’t provide full internet access. ChatSim actually works by enabling instant messaging app and blocking everything else. But if staying in touch with people and sending updates on your trip is your top priority, this is a great setup (especially when you can use the free wifi at your hotel for doing things like emailing, researching restaurants and destinations, etc.).
One last thing you need to know about the ChatSim is that it’s a regular, micro and nano sim card all in one which basically means it’s going to work for you no matter what.
So the ChatSim was easy to install on my Nexus 6P and using the service — from signing up to recharging your plan — is all really easy and intuitive on the website as well.
So if you’re looking for a really cheap and easy way to stay in touch with your friends and family while you’re abroad, definitely check out the ChatSim.