One of the most concerning matter for a person on an overseas trip is, their phone bills. Often people who travel overseas without having knowledge of how to manage their phone bills tend to put more money on their phone bills than on their ticket fare. But, phone bill could be reduced to a big extent, if proper planning is done before starting the tourney.
The first method to reduce phone bill is, using local SIM of the country or taking a travel SIM card. Both the options are good and have come pros and cons. Let’s check first what the good and bad points of using the local SIM card are.Advantages: For making a local call, the local SIM cards are the best. By having a SIM card of the country you are visiting, you will have a local number of that country which will make almost inexpensive for people of that city call you.
Disadvantages: Local SIM you can get easily only when you reach the destination. And if prior arrangement is not made for that, then you will not other option to spend your precious vacation time in looking for a shops to buy a local SIM card. Now, when you will get the SIM card after all your struggle, then the next challenge that you may encounter would be, understanding the user manual. In local SIM which has been purchased locally, the prompts and instructions remain in local language.
There remains a huge difference in call rates in local SIM and an international travel SIM cards. These are designed for tourists understanding their needs. Pros and cons of overseas SIMAdvantages: Exclusively prepaid travel sim designed for Europe, thus call rates are cheaper. It could be purchased online, thus you have the international number before your travel time began. It can be taken to any countries without the concern of roaming charges. Most of the international roaming cards remain free from roaming in almost all developed countries.
Disadvantages: For local calls &messages, it is an expensive option in comparison to a local SIM card. It will be expensive for those who are calling you; they will have to pay the roaming charges of the country from which the SIM card belongs to. For e.g. if the overseas SIM card belongs to the operator of the US, the people calling on your number will have to pay the roaming of the US, no matter at the time of the call, whether you are living in the US or not.