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ChatSim Global Roaming

Looking for a cheap way to stay in touch while travelling? ChatSim offers unlimited messaging for an entire year.

How ChatSim works

A basic ChatSim plan costs €10 per year (plus delivery fees for the SIM). This lets you send and receive unlimited text messages and emoji in over 150 countries around the world. As well as SMS, you can also use WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, WeChat, LINE and QQ.

If you want to send photos or videos or make calls, you can purchase ChatSim Credits. These are priced at €10 for 2000 credits, €25 for 5000 credits or €50 for 10000 credits. Sending a photo costs 10 credits; sending a video costs 50 credits; making a call costs 25 credits per minute. Data usage is charged based on six geographic zones. We've listed the zone and amount charged in the table below.

If you want a more extensive data and calling service, you can purchase a ChatSim Plus bundle, which includes either 125MB or 250MB of data (depending on country; there are 71 which offer the service, listed below). This costs €25 and lasts for 30 days.

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ChatSim Unlimited offers unlimited text that lasts up to a year and multimedia add-ons to use when travelling aborad. Click here to find out more.

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Where does ChatSim operate?

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Here's the full list of countries that offer the basic ChatSim service, including how many "credits" you'll need if you want to access data services other than messaging. (In a handful of countries, you'll need to use credits for messaging too):

CountryZone/Charges
AnguillaZone 6 (750 credits/MB)
Antigua and BarbudaZone 6 (750 credits/MB)
ArgentineZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
ArmeniaZone 3 (150 credits/MB)
AustraliaZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
AustriaZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
AzerbaijanZone 2 (100 credits/MB)
Bahrain3000 credits/MB, credits needed for messaging
BarbadosZone 6 (750 credits/MB)
BelgiumZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
Bosnia-HerzegovinaZone 6 (750 credits/MB)
BrazilZone 5 (300 credits/MB)
British Virgin IslandsZone 6 (750 credits/MB)
BulgariaZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
CambodiaZone 6 (750 credits/MB)
CanadaZone 2 (100 credits/MB)
Cape Verde IslandZone 6 (750 credits/MB)
Cayman IslandsZone 6 (750 credits/MB)
Chad3000 credits/MB, credits needed for messaging
ChileZone 2 (100 credits/MB)
ChinaZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
ColombiaZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
Costa RicaZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
CroatiaZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
CyprusZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
Czech RepublicZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
DenmarkZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
DominicaZone 6 (750 credits/MB)
EcuadorZone 3 (150 credits/MB)
El SalvadorZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
Equatorial Guinea3000 credits/MB, credits needed for messaging
EstoniaZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
Faeroe IslandsZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
FinlandZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
FranceZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
GeorgiaZone 3 (150 credits/MB)
GermanyZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
GibraltarZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
GreeceZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
GreenlandZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
GrenadaZone 6 (750 credits/MB)
GuadeloupeZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
GuatemalaZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
HondurasZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
Hong KongZone 2 (100 credits/MB)
HungaryZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
IcelandZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
IndiaZone 2 (100 credits/MB)
IndonesiaZone 3 (150 credits/MB)
IrelandZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
IsraelZone 2 (100 credits/MB)
ItalyZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
JamaicaZone 6 (750 credits/MB)
JapanZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
Jordan3000 credits/MB, credits needed for messaging
KazakhstanZone 3 (150 credits/MB)
Korea (South)Zone 2 (100 credits/MB)
KosovoZone 3 (150 credits/MB)
KyrgyzstanZone 6 (750 credits/MB)
LatviaZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
LiechtensteinZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
LithuaniaZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
LuxembourgZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
MacedoniaZone 5 (300 credits/MB)
MalaysiaZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
MaltaZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
Mauritius3000 credits/MB, credits needed for messaging
MexicoZone 2 (100 credits/MB)
MoldovaZone 3 (150 credits/MB)
MonacoZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
MontserratZone 6 (750 credits/MB)
Morocco3000 credits/MB, credits needed for messaging
NepalZone 3 (150 credits/MB)
NetherlandsZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
Netherlands AntillesZone 2 (100 credits/MB)
NicaraguaZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
NorwayZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
PakistanZone 5 (300 credits/MB)
PanamaZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
ParaguayZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
PeruZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
PhilippinesZone 2 (100 credits/MB)
PolandZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
PortugalZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
Puerto RicoZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
Qatar3000 credits/MB, credits needed for messaging
RomaniaZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
RussiaZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
San MarinoZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
Saudi ArabiaZone 2 (100 credits/MB)
SerbiaZone 2 (100 credits/MB)
Seychelles3000 credits/MB, credits needed for messaging
SingaporeZone 2 (100 credits/MB)
SlovakiaZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
SloveniaZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
SpainZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
Sri LankaZone 2 (100 credits/MB)
St. KittsZone 6 (750 credits/MB)
St. LuciaZone 6 (750 credits/MB)
St. Vincent/GrenadaZone 6 (750 credits/MB)
SwedenZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
SwitzerlandZone 2 (100 credits/MB)
TaiwanZone 2 (100 credits/MB)
TajikistanZone 2 (100 credits/MB)
ThailandZone 2 (100 credits/MB)
Turk & Caicos IslandsZone 6 (750 credits/MB)
TurkeyZone 2 (100 credits/MB)
United Arab EmiratesZone 2 (100 credits/MB)
United KingdomZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
UruguayZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
USAZone 2 (100 credits/MB)
Vatican CityZone 1 (50 credits/MB)
Vietnam3000 credits/MB, credits needed for messaging

ChatSim Plus

Here's the full list of countries that offer ChatSim Plus and the amount of data that's included for that country on a ChatSim Plus €25 recharge:

CountryPlus Data Inclusion
Albania125MB
Armenia250MB
Australia125MB
Austria250MB
Azerbaijan125MB
Belarus125MB
Belgium250MB
Bulgaria250MB
Canada250MB
Chile125MB
China125MB
Croatia250MB
Cyprus250MB
Czech Republic250MB
Denmark250MB
Egypt125MB
Estonia250MB
Finland250MB
France250MB
Georgia250MB
Germany250MB
Ghana125MB
Gibraltar250MB
Greece250MB
Hong Kong250MB
Hungary250MB
Iceland250MB
India125MB
Indonesia125MB
Ireland250MB
Israel125MB
Italy250MB
Kazakhstan250MB
Latvia250MB
Liechtenstein250MB
Lithuania250MB
Luxembourg250MB
Malta250MB
Mexico125MB
Montenegro125MB
Netherlands250MB
New Zealand125MB
Norway250MB
Philippines125MB
Poland250MB
Portugal250MB
Romania250MB
Russia250MB
San Marino250MB
Saudi Arabia125MB
Serbia125MB
Singapore125MB
Slovakia250MB
Slovenia250MB
South Africa125MB
South Korea125MB
Spain250MB
Sri Lanka125MB
Sweden250MB
Switzerland125MB
Taiwan125MB
Tajikistan250MB
Thailand125MB
Turkey250MB
Ukraine125MB
United Arab Emirates250MB
United Kingdom250MB
United Kingdom Jersey250MB
USA125MB
Uzbekistan250MB
Vatican City250MB

Pros and cons of ChatSim Global Roaming

Pros

  • Long expiry period.ChatSim lasts for an entire year.
  • No limits on messaging. The messaging option is unlimited, and will work in across most popular messaging apps.
  • Multi-country support. The SIM works in multiple countries, so you don't need to keep changing SIM as you move through different places.

Cons

  • No calling or data options in the basic package Chatsim's focus is on text messages, so it doesn't offer any calling or data in its basic packages -- you'll pay extra for those.
  • Data is charged in 100Kb increments Even with a data package, you'll chew through data relatively quickly.
  • Network performance varies You won't be able to choose which network you use when travelling, and you'll often be on slower 3G networks.

Who would this suit?

If your main use for your phone while travelling is for messaging, and you're happy to rely on hotel or other Wi-Fi for apps when you need them, then ChatSim is a very affordable alternative that works in multiple countries and with most popular messaging apps.

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