Our customer, Jean-Francois, recently sent us beautiful photos from his trip to Argentina and Chile. We were so inspired, we asked him to share a little bit about his trip, and his experience using the GigSky SIM to get online and search travel info , make VoIP calls, check email or share photos with friends.
Argentinians are resilient and kind
My wife, Caroline, recently took a sabbatical year and her biggest dream was to see Patagonia. Last December, I took the max vacation time and the two of us took a 5 week trip to Argentina and Chile. In Argentina, one fact that surprised us was the impact of the economic situation. Inflation is very high and currency is in constant flux. Under the previous President of Argentina, the government subsidized an official currency exchange rate to artificially stabilize inflation. This created a booming “blue market” of money changers that gave tourists a much better exchange rate. The day before our arrival, the new President abolished the blue market, effectively causing a run on the banks. It’s hard to explain it, imagine when you live it! As tourists, we just wanted to change our money! But it wasn’t easy. Banks closed because they ran out of money, and people lined-up for more than a block in front of an ATM, which was also low on cash. But the Argentinians are very nice and they showed a zest for life, even in this frustrating situation.
We didn’t want to search for a local SIM card, or sign a contract
Caroline and I were used to traveling with our electronic devices – tablets and cell phones. Typically, we’d use free wifi at the hotel or a McDonald’s restaurant to send and receive email at the end of each day. But it was often frustrating not to be able to connect freely – whenever we wanted to. For Example, when Caroline went to Paris, she found herself waiting in the line to buy tickets to enter the Louvre Museum. If she’d been able to use her phone to connect to the internet, she could have bought tickets online, avoided the waiting, and headed straight to the line for people with tickets.
After that trip, we decided to look for a more convenient way to use the internet. There were many options, but we didn’t want to spend a lot of time looking for a SIM card in a local store and we didn’t want to sign a contract. Caroline talked about our concerns at her workplace, and a colleague mentioned GigSky as an easy way to have access to the Internet. I did a little research on GigSky and here we are! and how happy we are !
The GigSky SIM card is surprisingly easy to use – and saved the day
I was surprised by how easy it was to use the GigSky SIM. I did a small test when we arrived at the airport in Santiago and I was quickly convinced that I’d made the best choice. On December 31st, we were in El Calafate, Argentina. Bus services were reduced on January 1st, and we were unable to arrive in Puerto Natales, Chile in time to pick up our rental car. Car rental is really rare in this place, and we wanted to make sure they kept our reservation for the next day. Our plan was to go camping in Torres Del Paine, and we wanted to have our own car to move freely in the Park. With our cellphone and the Gigsky SIM card, no problem. We just connected to the Internet with the Gigsky SIM card and were able to make an Internet call with my data plan, and talk easily with the car rental company. Thanks to Gigsky, we were able to take THE picture of all our trip, at the base of Las Torres in Torres Del Paine Park, Chile! (photo at top of post)
Convenience is key
GigSky for me, is two things: Simple and Convenient ! Once I had activated my data plan at the airport, I had access where I needed it – real worldwide access!
GigSky has changed the way we will do our trips in the future. We’re more free to use our cell phone without being terrified by the roaming fees, or having to spend a lot of time trying to buy a data plan in a local store. The Gigsky SIM card is an easy and convenient way to stay connected with the world: book your hotel, rent a car, call to confirm a reservation, or simply share photos with family members. Here are two we shared from Chile of Laguna Miscanti and the Atacama Desert. Looking forward to our next trip!