Which eSIM service providers to include when traveling?

Which eSIM service providers to include when traveling?
Which eSIM service providers to include when traveling?
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Life offers only a few certainties. These include aging, death, and SMS messages from the operator the moment you leave the confines of your home. In the territory of the European Union, there is usually no need to even read reports informing about the prices of services abroad, because they are the same as in the Czech Republic. However, the price changes significantly the moment you head outside the EU. That’s when an eSIM can help, thanks to which you can stay connected to the world without breaking the bank. eSIM is now also offered by Revolut, but there are far more providers. According to what to choose from their offer?

Traveling has become a passion for many, which they want to share at least remotely with their family or even with the whole world, for example through social networks. To do this, however, it is necessary to be able to make calls, send SMS and nowadays also be supplied with a sufficient portion of mobile data. However, this is not at all a cheap matter in roaming. For example, Vodafone’s World Roaming offers 1 MB for 302.50 crowns, and this will make you think twice about going to surf the Internet or go to the waves instead.

This problem can be solved with the help of the so-called eSIM, which allows you to use the services of local telecommunications operators thanks to a chip built directly into the phone. After arriving at the destination, it is not necessary to run around the branches of local operators and look for a physical SIM card, eSIM can be arranged with a few clicks directly from the phone. The purchase itself is usually simple and for activation you just need to click on the sent link or QR code. Before that, however, it is necessary to check whether your phone supports eSim technology, which is a condition that most models sold from 2019 should meet.

What eSIM can and cannot do

Advantages:

  • Connection immediately after landing or crossing borders
  • Everything can be done from the phone
  • Transparent prices
  • Option to pay by card
  • Use of the network of local telecommunication service providers

Disadvantages:

  • Higher purchase prices compared to SIM cards from local providers
  • Not all eSIMs allow phone calls and sending SMS
  • Installation may be problematic for less experienced mobile phone users
  • Not all phone models support eSIM

Several factors influence the choice of a suitable eSIM provider. Of course, the most important thing is the price of the services offered, but the destination where the eSIM is to be used or the purposes for which you are purchasing it can also influence the choice. Most eSIMs primarily offer data, and only some eSIM providers also allow phone calls. The speed of the data connection and the duration of the offered services also differ. We have therefore selected six options from whom to use an eSIM. We compared their golden mean offers in the form of 5 GB or similar data volume for 30 days in tourist attractive destinations and also within entire continents

Comparison of offers of selected services

After comparison, we selected approx. 5GB packages for a period of 30 days in various world regions

Service Europe North America Asia and the Pacific global
Airhub 678 CZK 187 CZK 210 CZK 280 CZK
Airalo 467 CZK 596 CZK 467 CZK 561 CZK
Hello 467 CZK 748 CZK 467 CZK does not offer
Nomad 327 CZK 467 CZK CZK 374 841 CZK
Holafly 1,496 CZK 2,034 CZK 1,847 CZK does not offer
Revolution CZK 440 CZK 570 CZK 440 780 CZK

Airhub

Airhub is one of the largest and most widespread eSIM providers in the world. Its services are available in 190 countries and include a number of packages with data, SMS and minutes of international and local calls. The service also provides some flat-rate packages, with the widest selection in Asia, Europe and the US. Comprehensive packages are also available in these regions for travelers passing through several states at once. Airhub, on the other hand, has relatively poor coverage in South America. The app is popular for its user-friendliness and cost-effective offers.

Earth Tariff Price
Thailand 30 days / 5 GB / no calls 280 CZK
USA 30 days / 5 GB / no calls 105 CZK
Switzerland 30 days / 5 GB / no calls 280 CZK
Japan 30 days / 5 GB / no calls 257 CZK
Turkey 30 days / 5 GB / no calls 233 CZK
Costa Rica + ME 30 days / 200 GB / unlimited calls 1,636 CZK

Airalo

Airalo is also a big player like Airhub. It has coverage in around 200 countries worldwide and is rated as possibly the best option for traveling in Asia. It offers regional packages for destinations such as the Caribbean islands and Latin America, as well as a global plan covering 84 countries around the world. The downside, however, is that while Airhub also adds calling to some of its packages, Airal’s offering focuses exclusively on data.

Earth Tariff Price
Thailand 10 days / 50 GB / 100 minutes of calls 231 CZK
USA 30 days / 5 GB / no calls CZK 374
Switzerland 30 days / 5 GB / no calls 340 CZK
Japan 30 days / 5 GB / no calls 269 ​​CZK
Turkey 30 days / 5 GB / no calls 280 CZK
Costa Rica 30 days / 5 GB / no calls 724 CZK

Hi SIM

Another option can be the services of the Canadian company AloSim, which has coverage in more than 170 countries around the world. Among other things, it is popular among travelers thanks to the data calculator function, with the help of which the customer can estimate the amount of data needed and, based on this, choose the right data package. With AloSIM, the user can also see which partner networks they are connecting to and find out their speed in the region, which most other eSIM providers do not offer. Last but not least, it also allows you to create hotspots. The company’s services are not so widespread in Africa and Asia.

Earth Tariff Price
Thailand 30 days / 5 GB / 30 minutes of calls 444 CZK
USA 30 days / 5 GB / 30 minutes of calls CZK 374
Switzerland 30 days / 5 GB / 30 minutes of calls 339 CZK
Japan 30 days / 5 GB / 30 minutes of calls 268 CZK
Turkey 30 days / 5 GB / 30 minutes of calls 280 CZK
Costa Rica 30 days / 5 GB / 30 minutes of calls 724 CZK

Nomad

Nomad pays for a good choice for shorter trips of around one to two weeks, when no larger packages are needed. It is a suitable variant for traveling in America, Asia and also for visiting some European countries outside the EU. For example, in Asia or America, one GB is offered for as little as 30 crowns. It provides its services in more than 170 countries of the world, however, for traveling to Latin America, it is better to choose the services of Airal.

Earth Tariff Price
Thailand 30 days / 5 GB / no calls 327 CZK
USA 30 days / 5 GB / no calls 327 CZK
Switzerland 30 days / 5 GB / no calls 327 CZK
Japan 30 days / 5 GB / no calls 303 CZK
Turkey 30 days / 5 GB / no calls 280 CZK
Costa Rica 30 days / 5 GB / no calls 654 CZK

Holafly

Holafly is a popular service especially for those who do not want to limit their data consumption in any way. It has unlimited data packages in its offer, and in the few countries where this option is not available, it at least offers higher data limits than other eSIM providers. Holafly is present in approximately 160 countries around the world and its services are somewhat more financially demanding compared to other competitors.

Earth Tariff Price
Thailand 30 days / unlimited data / no calls 1,753 CZK
USA 30 days / unlimited data / no calls 1,753 CZK
Switzerland 30 days / unlimited data / no calls 1,753 CZK
Japan 30 days / unlimited data / no calls 1,753 CZK
Turkey 30 days / unlimited data / no calls 1,753 CZK
Costa Rica 20 days / unlimited data / no calls 1,262 CZK

Revolution

Revolut, a popular platform where you can buy cryptocurrencies, stocks, buy travel insurance and now connect to the Internet from anywhere, has become the latest player in the field of providing eSIM services. All you have to do is download the Revolut app, set up an account and use the option of eSIM activation in more than a hundred countries. The company’s pricing policy is set to compete with the cheapest eSIM providers, and it can be assumed that it will quickly become popular with travelers.

Earth Tariff Price
Thailand 30 days / unlimited data / no calls 225 CZK
USA 30 days / unlimited data / no calls 355 CZK
Switzerland 30 days / unlimited data / no calls 310 CZK
Japan 30 days / unlimited data / no calls 255 CZK
Turkey 30 days / unlimited data / no calls 255 CZK
Costa Rica 20 days / unlimited data / no calls 640 CZK

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