Learn How to buy the best eSIM for travelers using Airalo.
Opinion: Airalo (Pronounced Air-Alo) solves a painful aspect of traveling, expensive phone data. While on travel, most of us would use navigation apps, translators, Youtube/Instagram, etc and all of them require data to operate. Airalo offers convenient data plans of all sizes that you could choose without changing your existing number. Beyond the app experience, service and coverage are important. Airalo has partnered with various networks in their respective countries to offer the data plans. We do hope they add more networks to increase the coverage.
What is an eSIM?
Certain newer versions of smartphones have an embedded Sim card built into them. The advantage of having an eSIM compatible phone is that apart from the physical sim card, the eSIM allows you purchase phone connection with multiple networks at the same time. While on travel, you could purchase multiple network plans on the go and connect to the network when you reach there seamlessly.
What is Airalo and How does an Airalo eSIM store work?
Airalo is a startup in Singapore that is building products to make it convenient for travelers to purchase eSIMs in any country before they travel or while on travel. Data packs offered by your existing telecom operator are expensive when you are in another country, but when you purchase an eSIM connection through Airalo, you get GBs worth of data for as low as $4 or more depending on the plan you choose.
Instead of relying on your expensive network operator who would only partner with providers who they are comfortable with, Airalo puts the user’s interest first and directly partners with multiple network operators in their respective countries to offer this service.
But be aware that only certain newer devices support eSIMs. For a list of supported devices check out Airalo’s FAQ section here, they keep updating it as soon regularly.
How to buy the best eSIM for travelers using Airalo?
Step 2: Create an account on the Airalo app with your email.
Step 3: Choose whether you want to Purchase a local eSIM or regional eSIM.
Note: A Local eSIM is restricted to a country, for example, Greece. Whereas, a regional eSIM would cover a few countries in a continent, for example. Asia. This makes sense if you are traveling to multiple countries in that continent for a few days.
Step 4: Let’s assume I choose a local eSIM for France. Tap on France from the list.
Step 5: The app will show a list of plans that are available in that country.
Step 6: From the available plans for this country, pick one that you want.
Step 7: In the next step, you will be shown the payment options. Tap on the preferred payment mode.
Step 8: Confirm the plan details and make the payment.
Step 9: After successful payment, the details to connect to the eSIMs’ network will show up under the My eSIMs section of the app.
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