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When traveling abroad, an international SIM card can keep your cell phone bill from skyrocketing with roaming fees.
What Exactly Is a SIM Card?
A SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card is a small plastic card that goes inside any cellphone that uses the Global System of Mobile Communications (GSM, for short). SIM cards also store basic information (name, number) about the user of the phone. Check with your provider first to see if your phone is SIM-card-compatible. You also need to find out if your phone is “unlocked,” which means you can switch between different SIM cards.
If your phone is locked, ask your provider if it uses the GSM system. If so, you'll want to check with them about international roaming plans. (Pro tip: keep these plans in mind when comparing prices. Some service providers offer weekly plans at pretty reasonable prices and you might actually save money taking this route.)
If your phone is unlocked and you're looking to purchase a Global SIM card, browse around a bit online to compare prices and features.
Here's what we suggest looking for:
Again, after comparing companies and prices, make sure your own service provider's international roaming plan isn't cheaper in the long run. A lot of times all it takes is a phone call and you're set for your travels.
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