Maxroam's travel SIMs let you make and receive cheap calls in over 180 countries around the world.
Keeping in contact with friends and family while you're off trotting the globe can be both tough and expensive, especially if you resort to international roaming on your existing phone plan. Thankfully, there's a better solution, and it comes in the form of an international prepaid travel SIM from companies like Maxroam.
By purchasing a SIM card from Maxroam, you can make and receive calls and texts from over 180 different countries, as well as use mobile data for browsing the Internet and posting status updates to social media. The rates are far lower than the international roaming costs many local mobile providers charge, and the only requirements for using the service are that your phone is a relatively recent, unlocked model. To check if it is, read our guide on network unlocking your mobile phone.
Do I have to get a new phone number?
While you will receive a new phone number with your Maxroam prepaid SIM, you can choose to have your regular mobile number forwarded to it. This will allow your friends and family to reach you by simply calling your regular number, no matter where you are.
Does a Maxroam travel SIM make incoming calls as cheap as calling out?
While Maxroam offers low outgoing call rates for chatting with people back home, what about when those people want to call you? Rather than have them pay hefty international call rates, you can add a local landline number from one of over 60 countries to your SIM so that anyone calling you from that country will only have to pay the price of a standard local call.
How do I recharge?
You have two options for recharging your Maxroam travel SIM. You can either add credit manually through the Maxroam website, or you can activate the auto top-up feature to have your SIM recharge automatically with a certain cash amount every time it runs dry. If you're worried about racking up an exorbitant bill this way, you can also place a monthly spending threshold on your SIM to prevent nasty bill shock.
How much does a Maxroam travel SIM cost?
To get started with Maxroam, you'll need to purchase the international travel SIM from the Maxroam website. The SIM costs €20 (approx $31.95AUD) and comes loaded with €10 ($15.97AUD) credit.
Once you've purchased the SIM the individual call, text and data rates will differ depending on the country you're visiting and the country you're calling or texting to. Current rates are available on the Maxroam website, but in the table below we've rounded up the costs for Aussies wanting to keep in touch with people back at home from some of the most popular travel destinations in the world.
|Travel destination||Voice calls||Texts||Data|
|The USA||48c/min||16c each||24c/MB|
|The United Kingdom||56c/min||8c each||16c/MB|
|The Netherlands||56c/min||8c each||16c/MB|
|New Zealand||62c/min||16c each||16c/MB|
What forms of payment does Maxroam accept?
You can pay online for your SIM card with Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, or by using Laser online payment services.
How do I check my Maxroam balance?
You can check your balance on the Maxroam website. Simply visit your account page and log in to view your current balance. You can also dial *120# and press call to hear your balance over the phone.