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How Much is 9GB of Data?

9GB 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 9GB of data? Cellular Abroad has come up with a quick guide to give you an idea of just how much is 9GB 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. 9GB 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 9GB 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

9GB 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 9GB of data, you can share images of your trip almost indefinitely which is again why 9GB of data within a 30 day period is referred to as unlimited data.

35,000 Webpages

If you used your 9GB 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 9GB will barely get you by and you may need a secondary SIM card. Chances are you are using much less data than that and 9GB will give you more than enough data to be able to talk, text, upload images and stream for your entire trip.


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International Data SIM Card

Our Data SIM Card works in all of Europe plus dozens of other international destinations (see coverage tab) and is the perfect solution for travelers who need high speed data for their smartphone, tablets, mobile hotspot or any other WiFi enabled device. This is the perfect SIM card for the traveler who wants to stay in touch with the home or office, use Google Maps, check emails and stream videos. We offer a 5GB and a 9GB of data SIM card (the 9GB SIM card actually offers 12GB for travelers to the UK). The service is plug and play; simply insert it in your unlocked device and, from the first usage, you will have either 5 or 9GB of service for up to 30 days. If you need international data for more than 30 days, you can do one of two things. Either purchase additional SIMS or you can add additional months of credit during checkout or during the trip. Additional 30 days of credit are the same price as adding additional months. The difference is this; if you purchase additional SIMs, you can put in a different SIM card in the (fairly remote) chance that you run out of data or talk credit. If you add additional month(s), you will have to wait until the 31st day for your credit to renew. Please note that your phone number does change when you put a different SIM card in the phone, however, your WhatsApp or iMessage phone numbers always stay the same even if you do swap out the SIM card.

The data SIM cards are 3-1 SIM card format (standard, micro or nano) and therefore will fit in any unlocked phone or tablet. All Verizon LTE phones are unlocked, most other carrier's phones such as AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are locked. If your service is with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or another carrier, please check with them to see if your phone is unlocked or can be unlocked. If you purchased your iPhone directly through Apple, it is unlocked.

Calls and Texts

The SIM card comes with a UK cell phone number which allows you to receive unlimited FREE incoming calls and texts in any of the over 60 destinations where the SIM card works. If you are going to Europe, you will also have 3000 minutes to make calls and 3000 outbound texts anywhere from Europe to Europe. However, while you can receive calls and texts for free, in order to make international calls TO the USA or Canada, you must use a calling app that relies on data. We recommend Skype, Google Voice, Vibr or WhatsApp. With Skype, you can make unlimited calls to a landline or a cell phone for just $2.99 for a month of usage. There are also numerous other plans that are available from Skype. If you need to text, we recommend using a texting app such as WhatsApp or iMessage. Texting using a data app consumes very little data and hence is practically free.

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. This makes it practical and affordable for North American friends and family to reach you without having to dial an international number. 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. This add-on is available in the cart for $19 and is called the US Number Add-on.

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 and no difficult plans to understand. Once you start using the data SIM card, you will have 30 days of usage or 5GB or 9GB of data, depending on the SIM card you purchased. Using your own, dedicated data SIM card is much faster, convenient and secure than finding a Wi Fi hotspot. Many hackers target tourists when traveling so that they can access vital information such as online bank passwords which is not what you want to happen when overseas.

*All Verizon LTE phones are unlocked. Most AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint phones are carrier locked. You may be able to unlock them for use with our International Data SIM Cards. Please check with your carrier. Tip: If your carrier cannot unlock your current device because it is still not paid for, they may be able to unlock your previous device, provided you still have it available.

The 9GB Data SIM Card European countries as outlined below*
Aland Islands Australia Austria
Belgium Brazil Bulgaria
Channel Islands Chile Columbia
Costa Rica Croatia Cyprus
Czech Republic Denmark El Salvador
Estonia Finland France
French Guiana Germany Gibraltar
Great Britain Greece Guadeloupe
Guatemala Hong Kong Hungary
Iceland Indonesia Ireland
Isle of Mann Israel Italy
Latvia Lichtenstein Lithuania
Luxemburg Macau Malta
Martinique Netherlands New Zealand
Nicaragua Norway Panama
Peru Poland Portugal
Réunion Saint Barthélemy Saint Martin
Singapore Slovakia Slovenia
Spain Sri Lanka Sweden
Switzerland United Kingdom United States
Uruguay U.S. Virgin Islands Vietnam
*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 (hint: all Verizon LTE phones are unlocked, all phones purchased from Apple are as well. Most other phones are locked - check to see if you can get it unlocked through T-Mobile, AT&T, Spring or whoever your carrier is).

2) Insert the SIM into your tablet or smartphone

The international data SIM card is plug and play and will give you 5GB or 9GB for 30 days, depending on which SIM card you order. 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 can add additional data during checkout. Please note that if you insert the SIM card in the United States, it may activate your 30 day plan.

3) Activate the Service

Turn on your device to access the internet and start browsing. Make sure that data roaming is on. Since the SIM card can be used in the United States, please be advised that if you use the SIM card in the US, the 30 day period will begin. When you are done with your trip, you can throw away your SIM card. Easy!

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 9GB) per 30 days. If you need more than 9GB of data or more than 30 days of data service, please purchase an additional SIM card. However, if your trip is longer than 30 days, you can add more credit and the service will renew. Having said that, most people prefer to purchase a secondary SIM card...just in case they do run out of credit one can swap out the SIM cards.

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 9GB 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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