SIM Card for Spain
US Number Add-on
For an additional $19, you can also add a US phone number (we assign) to your SIM card on top of the Spanish number already provided. Each $19 bundle gives you 6 hours of incoming calls to your US number. You can forward your current US number to the new one or simply give people back home the new number. This will save them the expense of them having to place an international call to Spain. The US number does not forward text messages.
The international texts are around $0.50 per text. Most Europeans do not use standard texting but rather, texting apps such as WhatsApp or iMessage. These apps use very little data. 1GB of data would literally get you about 100,000 text messages!
The Spain SIM card is available in standard, micro and nano sizes. Please make sure that your cell phone is unlocked and that you order the proper SIM card size for your device.
500 outgoing minutes (to Spain or US)
100 text messages within Spain
1 GB data at 3G speeds
Unlimited free incoming calls from anywhere
Spain number with US optional US number add-on
The Spain SIM card does allow you to roam outside of Spain but you should do so with caution. If you plan on taking short trips within the EU, perhaps a weekend in France or a couple of days in the UK, it may make sense to roam with your Spain SIM card as long as you will be using the service moderately and do not call back to North America. If you will be taking longer trips or will be using your phone extensively, we recommend using the National Geographic Travel SIM Card. Roaming rates for the Spain SIM are as follows; outgoing calls within the EU are 0,23 €/min, incoming calls are 0,06 €/min. However, calls to the US or Canada are 3,15 €/min. Data usage within the EU is 0,24 €/MB.
The SIM card comes with 1GB of data at 3G speeds plus an additional 100mb of data at 2G speeds. If you go over the 1.1 GB of data within 30 days your plan will revert to the standard default rate which is 3.6 cents per MB which is still a great rate. However, you will have to have credit on your SIM card in order to use data if you exceed the 1.1 GB. Additional credit is available throughout Spain at most convenience stores.
The easiest way to purchase additional 30 day bundles of credit is calling Cellular Abroad at +1-310-862-7100 (8am to 4pm PST, Monday through Saturday, English speaking reps), but you can also order online 24/7 through our website, before or during your trip. If you plan on using your SIM card outside of Spain or have gone over the allotted 500 minutes or 1GB of data within 30 days, you can also add credit locally in Spain at most convenient stores and cell phone stores. Please note that you will be charged the standard rates which are 6cent/min + call setup fee 18,15cent for calls and 3,6cent/MB for data.
Will the Spain SIM card work with my phone?
As long as your cell phone is unlocked and has the 900 and 1800 Mhz bands, you can make and receive phone calls and as long as your phone has the 2100 3G band, you can use data. Please note that your phone must be unlocked. Some carriers, mostly notably Verizon, sell all their LTE phones such as the iPhone 6 unlocked.
How do I know if my phone is unlocked?
You cannot tell physically if your cell phone is unlocked. Most newer Verizon smartphones are unlocked while most other carriers phones come locked but may be unlockable. If you are with AT&T and you put a different SIM card (such as T-Mobile) in and it picks up a network, it is unlocked. Conversely, if you put another SIM card in and it says, "enter subsidy code" or similar, it is locked. Call your carrier to check to see if your phone is unlocked or if it qualifies for being unlocked.
Do you offer micro and nano SIM cards?
Yes. They are available during checkout. There is no extra charge to get a micro or nano SIM card for Spain.
Why don't I just purchase a SIM card when I get to Spain?
While this SIM card is available in Spain, the plan we offer is not readily available. Our Spain SIM designed specifically for the travelers and has much better rates than just any SIM card you may happen upon in Spain. In addition, purchasing the SIM card before your trips means that you are ready to go as soon as you land in Spain and you will have your number prior to your departure. Plus, the US number add on is a Cellular Abroad exclusive.
Do I need a special phone for Spain?
As long as your phone has the appropriate bands (most do) and is unlocked, it will work.
What happens if I have issues?
Most issues are resolvable. We are the US distributor for Happy Movil, the carrier. You can contact us or them with any issues.
I will be in Spain for several months? Is this the best SIM card for me?
This is a great SIM card for the study abroad student or for anyone staying in Spain for any amount of time - short or long. Yes, we believe that this is your best option.
I will be in traveling outside of Spain on occasion. Will my SIM card still work?
Yes it will but, you will need to make sure you have ample credit on your SIM card. In addition, we do not recommend that you call back to the United States if at all possible as outgoing calls while roaming outside of Spain are expensive. Incoming calls are affordable.
Can I test the SIM card in the United States or Canada before my trip?
You can put it in your phone to make sure that your phone is not locked but, you cannot use it in the United States or Canada as you will consume the credit that is on the SIM and then it will not work when you arrive in Spain.
How good is the coverage?
In a word; excellent. The coverage is on Orange, Espana, one of the largest carriers in Spain.
How long does the SIM card last?
The initial credit is good for 30 days from the time you arrive in Spain. If you use up the credit, you will not be able to use the SIM card unless you put more credit on it. Please note that you will have standard rates until the initial 30 day period transpires.
Can I get additional 30 day bundles of service?
Yes. You can get additional 30 day bundles up front when purchasing your SIM card or whenever you want after purchasing it. If you add 30 day bundles after the purchase, you will need to make sure that you don't go over the 30 day period.
Will it work as soon as I land in Spain?
Yes it will. You will have to email Cellular Abroad some information in order to register the SIM card. Spanish law requires cell phone users to provide an address in Spain, their name and their passport number. The registration information is provided together with the SIM card.
How much will it cost people in the USA/Canada to call me on my Spanish number?
That depends on their plan. While incoming calls are free for you in Spain, the person calling you will have to pay to call you. A great option is to add the "US Number" feature to your service. This makes it affordable to reach you as the calling party will not have to make an international call to Spain. Each $19 will give you 360 minutes of incoming calls on a US number.
Can I keep my usual US cell phone number ?
Yes you can. Purchase the US Number add on and forward your current number to the new one (ask your carrier what the procedure is). This is ideal for business travelers who need to be reached at all times but is also a double edged sword for travelers going for a bit of rest and relaxation as anyone who calls your usual number will reach you. Another option is just to give a select few your new US number.
More questions? Call us at 800.287.5072 and we will be glad to be of assistance.