Some Quick Tips from GigSky
If you’re planning an international trip, you may be wondering how you can stay in touch with loved ones back home without running up costly roaming fees. But by swapping your regular US SIM card for a GigSky Data SIM, you can access free voice call and messaging apps, as well as go online without having to take out a second mortgage.
If you’re planning to take your phone on your travels, there’s a few things you need to check.
Is my phone unlocked?
Firstly, to use a travel SIM like GigSky Data SIM in your device, you’ll need to make sure that your handset is network unlocked. When you buy a device through a carrier, it’s usually ‘locked’ to that network – meaning you can’t simply take your phone and use it on a rival carrier’s plan.
Depending on who your original carrier is, you may be able to have your phone unlocked by the cell company themselves, so we recommend either giving the company’s customer service hotline a call or visiting their website. Unlocking iPhones can be done by contacting your carrier, but they will forward the request to Apple to be processed; alternatively, you can fill out an online form.
Is my device GSM-capable?
As well as a phone unlock, you’ll also need to ensure that your device will work on a GSM network. GigSky requires a phone, tablet or mobile hotspot that will work on a GSM Network. Most of the countries you’re likely to visit (with the exception of maybe Japan and Korea) use the GSM standard for mobile devices. However, in the US carriers rely on two different types of technology – GSM and CDMA.
Out of the biggest US carriers, AT&T and T-Mobile run on GSM networks, while Sprint and Verizon Wireless use CDMA. Carriers with GSM networks make it easier for their customers to swap phones, because GSM compatible phones use a SIM card – a small removable card that stores customer information.
If you bought your phone from T-Mobile or AT&T, it probably runs on GSM technology, so you’ll be able to insert a GigSky Data SIM with no trouble. If you’re with Verizon, Sprint or another company, you may need to check with your carrier during the unlocking process to see if it has a SIM card slot.
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Unlike other travel SIM providers, GigSky only offers international data access. However, its service does extend to over 90 countries and includes both SIM cards and a GigSky mobile app for easy activation and payments. Pricing-wise, the company offers competitive data roaming deals, and depending on where you’ll travel, you can pay as little as $50 for 5GB of full-speed data.
A 3-in-1 SIM card costs $20.00, but includes 100MB of starter data that can be used worldwide. All data is prepaid, and you can recharge your SIM and data packages from the GigSky Data app at any time. GigSky SIMs work in any unlocked smartphone, tablet or laptop, while the GigSky Mobile App is available free for customers using Android or iOS.
Different packages are available for different destinations. Canadian packs include $15 for 100MB with a 3-day expiry, $25 for 250MB with a 7-day expiry, $35 for 500MB to use over two weeks, and $50 for one gigabyte with a 30-day expiry.
Customers going to the United Kingdom can buy 100MB for $15 (to use over 3 days), 400MB for $25 over one week, 800MB for $35 with a two-week expiry, or a generous 3GB for $50, to be used in 30 days.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]