“The service was amazing, including the internet speeds. I’m telling everyone I know about it”. – Jim Allard
Recently, Marketing Manager Meredith Rishy-Maharaj, had the chance to catch up with Jim Allard, a super satisfied customer, Italophile and international traveler. Jim posted a favorable note on one of our blogs and Meredith was anxious to find out more about Jim’s GigSky experience.
Investigator – U.S. District Court
Meredith: Jim, Can you tell us a little about what you do?
Jim: Sure, I’m an investigator with the US District Court, where I’ve worked in Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Virginia and now North Carolina.
Meredith: So you travel a lot within the United States?
Jim: Yes, a lot of domestic travel for work.
Meredith: Do you ever travel abroad for work?
Jim: Not really, it’s rare to go overseas.
Meredith: Okay, what about leisure travel?
Jim: Yes, I travel for leisure a lot, particularly to Europe with my wife. We usually travel every 18 months. My wife is an interior designer, so we’ve been to Italy at least 5 – 6 times, and really fell in love with it after my wife’s job took us there for the first time years ago. We’ve also been to France twice and the UK 4 times, but we really love Italy.
That’s great. There’s no place like Italy. Do you like to stay connected when traveling for leisure, or is that more of a business travel need for you?
Regardless of the leisure aspect, I love to be highly connected. I still need to monitor work emails and personal emails from family. I first really felt that experience with the Blackberry back in 2006. It worked in Europe to an extent, but the connection wasn’t good at all and Wi-Fi was horrible. Getting the computer to work was a pain as well. We did an AT&T extended pack once, but it was nothing like GigSky. GigSky got us hooked up in 2 minutes, and the amount of data you get for 50 dollars blew us away. The service was amazing, including the internet speeds. I’m telling everyone I know about it.
There are so many people I know who have an iPad mini 3 or an iPad mini 4, but they don’t know about you! They’re unaware Apple SIM will work in Europe. They’re searching for SIMs, but don’t know they can just use GigSky. Places have Wi-Fi, but there are language barriers and trying to get hooked up can be difficult. Not having to deal with that is nice.
How did you find out about GigSky?
My wife purchased two iPad mini 3’s for work. The Apple sales associate told her she could sign up with the new Apple SIM model, and it would work overseas. He mentioned that if she wanted a Verizon iPad she would have to get their SIM card, but you can get any of the other 3 networks on Apple SIM, including GigSky. The short-term data plans with GigSky were a great fit. That night I went home to explore GigSky online, interested in what coverage was like across Europe.
Which Apple Store was this?
We were at the Jacksonville, FL Apple Store, at St. John’s Center. I also picked up a couple back-up Apple SIMs right before traveling – just incase.
Can you give me a play-by-play of your actual GigSky experience?
Yes, we were using an Apple iPad mini 3 and Apple mini 4. When we landed in Italy and got off the plane, the first thing we did was fire-up the iPad and there was GigSky. From there, we signed up and got connected in 2 minutes. We handled everything right there in the hotel. We each got 3 GB of data, which more than took us through 21 days in Italy.
What activities did you use GigSky for?
Locating restaurants and destinations, as well as email, navigation. We pretty much used it for everything. I never lost a signal and we were all over Northern Italy.
If you could sum up GigSky in one word what would that be?
The complete simplicity of signing up, and not having a worry in the world. I really liked the feature at the end that warns you where you’re running low on data. I’m absolutely sold on GigSky and am not going to waste my time searching for SIM cards from Vodafone, E, TIM. Before we’d have to find the stores, get there, bring the device in and wait in line with everyone else.
GigSky is easy. Even through the prices were not an exact match to local SIMs, convenience makes it more than a value. Also, I was really surprised you could you get 3GB for $50.00, and now you can get 5GB in Italy? I’ll never blow through that. You’ve got a lifelong customer!