Data SIM Card for Europe

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How Much is 12GB of Data?

12GB sounds like a lot of data and it is a lot of data (which is why it is often referred to as "unlimited data") but just what can you do on your phone or tablet with 12GB of data? Cellular Abroad has come up with a quick guide to give you an idea of just how much is 12GB of mobile data.

Google Maps

This is one app that travelers tend to love and use a lot. It makes sense as nobody likes getting lost in a foreign country. 12GB of data will get you approximately 300 hours of usage with Google Maps. There are other navigation apps such as Waze which, accordingly, use less data. It never hurts to download both Google Maps and another apps such as Waze regardless and test which app uses less data and which app has a better, easier to use interface.

10,000,000 WhatsApp Messages

We encourage our customers to use WhatsApp whenever possible. First, because it is a very convenient way to text, talk or video your friends and family but also because WhatsApp messages eat up very little data. With 12GB of data, you have virtually an unlimited amount of messaging with WhatsApp.

100,000 Emails

100,000 emails is a lot of emails to send/receive within a 30 day period - a virtually unlimited amount of emails. This number reflects the average size of emails. Still, even if you tend to send or receive long winded or image heavy emails and you only get, say 50% of 100,000 emails, that is still a lot of emails!

50 Hours of Videos

12GB of data will get you about 50 hours of videos. Here you have to be careful however not to watch high quality videos such as videos in HD. Watching videos is what eats away at your data more than other activities. Still, 50 hours of videos, on average, is a sizeable amount of video watching.

45,000 Images

There are lots of ways to share your images including Twitter, WhatsApp, SnapChat, Instagram and others. Typically, when Cellular Abroad's customers travel, we know that they tend to share lots of pictures of their journey. With 12GB of data, you can share images of your trip almost indefinitely which is again why 12GB of data within a 30 day period is referred to as unlimited data.

35,000 Webpages

If you used your 12GB of data just to look at webpages, you would be able to view approximately 35,000 we pages. Now this is an approximation since some pages are just text, in which case you would be able to view more than 35,000 pages. Conversely, if the pages were chock full of images, then you would view less than 35,000.

Summing Things Up

Most people of course will be using a combination, if not all of the aforementioned ways of using your phone. While it is impossible to gauge exactly how much you need, another trick is to check to see how much data you are currently using with your Verizon, AT&T or whatever other plan you currently have and then from there, extrapolate the usage. For example, if you see that you are using 10GB of data here in the US or Canada per month, you can estimate that 12GB will barely get you by and you may need a secondary SIM card. Chances are you are using much less data than that and 12GB will give you more than enough data to be able to talk, text, upload images and stream for your entire trip.


    12GB of 4G data

    Seamless coverage in Europe...and beyond!

    Easy to use - Plug and Play

    Allows tethering

    Perfect for tablets, smartphones and hotspots

    3 in 1 SIM card nano/micro/mini fits all phones!

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Unlimited Data SIM Card for Europe

Our Data SIM Card for Europe is the perfect solution for travelers who are visiting one or more European countries and need unlimited data service for their smartphone, tablets, mobile hotspot or any other Wi Fi enabled device. The data SIM works all over Europe as well as a few other international destinations (see coverage tab). This data SIM card is "plug and play" which means that there is no configuration procedure on your device. Simply insert the SIM card into your phone, tablet or whatever other device you are using and you will have instant data connectivity. The SIM offers what the industry refers to as unlimited data but Cellular Abroad would like to clarify that although 12GB of data for 30 days of service falls with the "fair usage policies" and hence is considered "unlimited data," there is actually a 12GB limit which is more than enough for almost all travelers. The data SIM offers 4G speeds where available and 3G speeds in other locations. If your trip is longer than 30 days or, in the unlikely event that you need more than 12 GB of data, you will need an additional SIM card. This data SIM card is a 3-1 SIM card format meaning, it will fit in any unlocked phone or tablet.

Calls and Texts

The SIM card comes with a UK cell phone number with the option of adding on an additional US phone number. If you add a US phone number, you can give people your new temporary number or you can forward your current number to the new one. All incoming calls and SMS (text messages) are free to receive and you have 300 minutes of calling and 3000 text messages to UK phone numbers. In order to call other countries, you can (and should) use an app that uses data for making calls such as WhatsApp or Skype. WhatsApp is highly popular overseas but it entails that the other party also has WhatsApp on their device. You can also use Skype (or other Apps) to make phone calls without the other party having Skype. Typically, a phone call using Skype is a couple of pennies per minute.

US Number Add-On

In addition to the UK phone number that already comes with your new data SIM card, you can add on a US phone number and therefore you will have two numbers, one for the Europeans to call you on and the other for North American friends and family. Adding a US number makes it easy and affordable for callers from the United States and Canada to contact you. In addition, you can forward you current phone number to the new US number you add on in order to retain your usual cell phone number. This is particularly convenient for business travelers. Leisure travelers tend not to forward their usual phone numbers to the new one, rather, they usually just give out the new number to a select few of their contacts. The choice is yours.

Secure and Convenient

The Data SIM is very easy to use. Simply put it into your unlocked smartphone, tablet or hotspot and start using your device for data. As the SIM is plug and play, there is no configuration or activation procedure to follow. There are no contracts to sign, no monthly bills to pay, no hidden fees nor difficult plans to understand. Once you start using the data SIM card, you will have 30 days of usage or 12GB of data, whichever comes first. Using your own, dedicated data SIM card is much more secure than using Wi Fi hotspots. Many hackers target tourists when traveling so that they can access vital information such as online bank passwords. In fact, 90% of all security breaches occur in hotels and tourist destinations.

The 12GB Data SIM Card European countries as outlined below*
Australia Austria Belgium
Bulgaria Channel Islands Croatia
Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark
Estonia Finland France
Germany Gibraltar Great Britain
Greece Hong Kong Hungary
Iceland Indonesia Isle of Mann
Israel Italy Latvia
Lichtenstein Lithuania Luxemburg
Macau Malta Netherlands
New Zealand Norway Poland
Portugal Republic of Ireland Slovakia
Slovenia Spain Sri Lanka
Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom
*Please note that it also works in several countries outside of Europe as indicated in the table.

How It Works

1) Order

Place an order online or through one of our specialists. Please be sure that your smartphone or tablet is unlocked and that it does accept a SIM card. Tip: if you order 2 weeks or more prior to your departure, Cellular Abroad offers free ground shipping.

2) Insert the SIM into your tablet or smartphone upon arrival in Europe

Make sure your cell phone is unlocked (not applicable for tablets). The SIM card is plug and play and will give you 12GB for 30 days. You will receive a text message that will confirm activation along with a link for checking your usage and balance. If you need more than 30 days of data, you will need to purchase a secondary data SIM card. Please note that if you insert the SIM card in the United States, it may activate your 30 day plan.

Turn on your device to access the internet. As long as there is 4G coverage in the countries where service is available, you will be able to access the internet.

Data SIM Card FAQs

Why do I need a data SIM card?

If you need a convenient, secure and affordable way to have data connectivity for your smartphone or tablet, a Cellular Abroad data SIM card is the easiest way to do so and is also much less expensive than roaming with Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T or other carriers. In addition, since the service is pay as you go, you do not risk incurring a huge roaming bill.

Why don't I just use wifi?

WiFi is typically slow, never secure and seldom convenient. If you rely on apps such as Google Maps, it is not feasible to track down a Wi Fi connection. When you are on the go is typically when you need to access data the most and if there is one thing that can spoil a trip is not having immediate access to the internet, particularly when you are trying to research a restaurant or buy museum tickets online.

Can I get a standard, micro or a nano SIM card?

Yes. The SIM card is 3-1 meaning that you can snap out the size that you need. Please make sure what size you need to snap out for your device prior to snapping out the SIM card or you may have to purchase a SIM card adapter to resize it to the proper size.

How to I activate my SIM?

Put it in your device. It's that simple!

Can I add additional data?

The data Sim card gives you unlimited service (up to 12GB) per 30 days. If you need more than 12GB of data or more than 30 days of data service, please purchase and additional SM card.

Does the credit expire?

The data credit is good for 30 days from the day of activation.

How much data do I get and will it be enough?

You get 12GB of data which is plenty for 99% of all travelers.

How far in advance should I order?

You can order a data SIM card at any time prior to your departure or even during your trip. However, if you order it 2 weeks or more before your trip, you can take advantage of the free shipping.

More questions? Call us at 800.287.5072 and we will be glad to be of assistance.

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