15 Oct 2014OK COMPUTER
Talking on your phone is old news. Talking to
your phone is the big new thing, and very much a feature of iOS, Windows and Android systems. It’s all very clever, and increasingly so. A recent study
put the three main voice-controlled search engines through their paces, asking them a range of over 3,000 specific questions. Of the three, Google Now came out on top, with an almost 90% success rate. Just as impressive is the fact that this is available for free, right now, via the Google Play app store. We’ve tested it on our Android handsets and it works really well.
The Google app has recently been updated
to make travel planning easier, from finding restaurants, bars and places of local interest, to reminders for your flights, car rental or other reservations. There is no need to inform your phone of every little thing you’re doing, such as which country you’re in and the name of the hotel you’re staying at. Your phone already knows where it is (and where it is not), and if you’ve used it to book any of your reservations or flights, it uses that information to your best advantage. So the only thing stopping you now is the feeling of awkward self-consciousness that comes with talking to an inanimate object.
02 Oct 2014NATIONAL ROAMING
Making calls in the UK is a more complicated business than you might realise. Certainly, you will have no problems in metropolitan areas. You will almost always have a strong signal, all bars filled, no matter which network you are on. But if you leave the towns and cities behind and venture into more rural areas, then you might find things getting a little strange. For example, there are many places where you wonâ€™t get a signal at all if you are using a particular provider. There are houses where you can only make calls by standing in the furthest corner of one particular room. This can be inconvenient, but at least youâ€™re inside. Other places require a much more complex routine. I once spent a fortnight in a village in Cornwall which offered two options: you could either walk a mile and a half up a winding hillside road to find a signal at altitude, or you could use the improvised â€˜mastâ€™ at the local pub. This â€˜mastâ€™ was in actual fact the pubâ€™s flagpole, and you could get a signal, if you were tall enough, by standing on an upturned bucket with your phone held in the air. This led to some excellent entertainment as we watched people attempting to shout a conversation into their mobile whilst clinging onto the flagpole. We soon discovered that you could just about maintain your conversation, your dignity or your balance, but never all three at the same time.
Whether British Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has ever had to balance on something perilously unstable to make a call is unknown, but nevertheless, he is leading a push to end this national nightmare. Among the proposals being suggested are a Â£150 million investment toward putting up new masts in areas that are lacking them, and an attempt to get rival operators to share masts in order to give greater coverage. As with all roaming-based issues, national and international, we will be watching closely to see how everything pans out, but you can read more here
30 Sep 2014
DO YOU NEED AN INTERNATIONAL SIM CARD?
Of course you do! But don't just take our word for it. Our friends at 1Dad1Kid.com
are professional travellers, having been on the road since 2011, so they really know what they're talking about. See what they have to say about GO-SIM here
29 Sep 2014
TRAVELSTART'S TRAVEL STATS
South African travel company Travelstart
have commissioned a very interesting survey
about travel habits in South Africa. It came as no surprise to see that, when asked, 92% of participants felt that the roaming fees charged by local operators were too high. For example, on the most popular network, Vodacom, the cost to call South Africa from most countries is R23.50
($2.08), whereas data costs can be as much as R128
(just over $11) per MB. Compare this with GO-SIM’s Explorer service, with both international calls and data roaming at $3.89
($0.37), and it’s clear that consumers have a fair point. Check out the rest of the survey for some interesting facts and figures, such as what people from South Africa use their phones for while out of the country, or what percentage of travellers are likely to take photos in places where they’re not supposed to!
26 Sep 2014
It seems that Australia still leads the world in cases of billshock – the name given to the unpleasant discovery that you’ve accrued a huge amount of charges on your mobile phone account whilst roaming overseas. In the last year alone, half of the 14,500+ complaints received by the Australian Telecoms Ombudsman concerned data costs of over A$400. A staggering 60 customers received bills of over A$10,000!
But these poor people have been blown out of the water this week by a new entry into the Billshock Hall of Shame – straight in at number one, the story of the man who received a bill for A$571,000
Racking up half a million dollars in phone fees is no simple task and requires a lot of help. Firstly, you need to have your phone stolen while in Europe. Then those thieves need to spend just about every minute of the next 24 hours making calls around the world, including to Somalia. Finally, you need to get the timing right – because the customer was resident in Australia but located in Europe, the time difference meant that the phone was recorded as being stolen a day later than it actually was. Fortunately, the Ombudsman has stepped in to ensure that the charges are waived, but we think that it will be a while before this particular record is broken.
If you have heard any Billshock horror stories, or even been unfortunate enough to experience it for yourself, please get in touch and let us know. You never know, you might make it into the top ten!
26 Sep 2014
EU ROAMING CHARGES – SCRAPPING THE SCRAPPING?
In July of 2014, the European Commission implemented the first steps toward the abolishment of roaming charges in the European Union by cutting the cost for roaming calls and data. Roaming fees across the whole Eurozone were on schedule to disappear altogether by the start of 2016. However, according to reports this week, new draft legislation may make this a much more gradual process, with telecoms operators ‘working toward the goal’ of standardised charges across the continent, as opposed to doing away with them outright. Operators claim that to deny them this revenue all of a sudden would make it more difficult for them to invest in new technology and networks, and so a more gradual phasing out is necessary. Negotiations are ongoing, and we’ll be keeping a careful eye on what is eventually decided. Watch this space for the latest news!
18 Aug 2014
Mobile Data Update
Data is now available in Laos with our international SIM cards. Also, data rates in Pakistan have been reduced.
08 Aug 2014New country added! We now provide coverage in Laos for calling and texting with our international SIM cards.
04 Aug 2014Honduras and Nicaragua are now also available for the data bundles of our international SIM card.
04 Aug 2014Cyprus (South) has been added to the coverage of the Data SIM, bringing the number of popular travel destinations covered to over 55.
21 Jul 2014Data rates in Saudi Arabia and Iceland have been reduced. Saudi Arabia is now also available for the data bundles of our international SIM cards.
18 Jul 2014We have expanded the coverage of our international SIM cards. Calling and texts are now available in Tajikistan and Equatorial Guinea. Data coverage has been added to Equatorial Guinea and Malawi.
07 Jul 2014
*IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TRAVELERS TO THE USA*
In response to new information from the Department of Homeland Security, the US Transport Security Administration (TSA) has announced new security measures for passengers carrying electronic devices. Effective immediately, any passenger flying into the US from certain airports may be asked to switch on their smartphone, tablet, laptop or similar device to prove that it works. If the device does not have power, it will not be allowed on the flight, and its owner may be subject to additional screening. While the TSA have not said which departure destinations are listed as of particular concern, passengers from both Britain and Belgium have reported being subjected to these measures. Other reports suggest that iPhone and Galaxy devices have come under specific scrutiny.
If you are flying to the US from any destination, we suggest you ensure that you check ALL electronic devices to ensure that they can power up and down, and remember to pack your charger. In the event that your device does not power up as expected, you still have a number of options. You can go back to the airline and place the item in a checked bag, and some airports have postal facilities that will allow you to post the item home to yourself. Additionally, you can keep it in your car (if you are parked at the airport) or give it to a family member (if they are there to see you off). Please note: if you do not take advantage of these options and the device is confiscated, it will be considered excess government property and you will probably not see it again.
04 Jul 2014New data country! Zimbabwe now has data coverage with our international SIM cards, also available with data bundles for even lower rates.
03 Jul 2014Russia has been added to the coverage of the Data SIM, bringing the number of popular travel destinations covered to 54.
02 Jul 2014Data rates in Russia and the Ivory Coast have been reduced. Both countries are also available for the data bundles with our international SIM cards.
19 Jun 2014Data rates in Thailand have been reduced for our range of international SIM cards .
18 Jun 2014China has been added to the coverage of the Data SIM, bringing the number of popular travel destinations covered to over 50.
28 May 2014Data rates in Costa Rica and Macau have been reduced for our range of international SIM cards .
19 May 2014Lower data rates for Israel, Faroe Islands, Rwanda and Uzbekistan announced! Our data SIM now covers 47 countries, with more being added all the time.
07 May 2014Data usage rates have been reduced in El Salvador and Guatemala for the current range of our international SIM cards.
20 Mar 2014We Know EVERYTHING!
If you live in Europe, we have a good idea of what your holiday plans are, and we didn’t even need to use the NSA’s spying programme to find out. It’s all there in an EU report, the results of which are collated from a survey of over 30,000 participants. The results are, unsurprisingly, very interesting.
The economy, for example, still has a huge influence, with four out of ten respondents giving this as the main reason that they took no holiday at all in 2013. In EU countries that have been hit particularly hard by austerity measures, this figure is even higher, with up to seven out of ten staying home instead. Those of us who are planning a holiday are not exempt, with a third of travellers saying that economic factors play an important part in deciding where to go. 42% of holidaymakers chose to stay in their own country instead of travel abroad, and another 40% stayed within the EU.
As for the type of holiday that people like, things have not changed all that much. We are still very much a continent of sun-worshippers, with a trip to a sunny destination being by far the preferred choice. Spain was the top destination for tourists, with France and Italy close behind. In addition, when we get there, it’s good to see that everything seems to be in order. 95% of travellers said that they were satisfied with their accommodation and surroundings, and the amount of people who said that they were satisfied with the local prices was similarly high. Only 4% of respondents found anything to complain about, mostly related to travel in their holiday location.
When it comes to booking a holiday, the majority of those that don’t get someone else to arrange everything for them (22%) make their plans using the internet. We also like to make sure we get the most for our money, with one in four people researching and booking each service separately. Of course, if you are reading this, then you can already count yourself as part of that savvy minority!
Surveys like this are an excellent opportunity for us to learn the travel habits of our customers, and to make changes accordingly. We already strive to get the very best roaming rates for calls, data and SMS. Rest assured, we will use this information to your advantage, and ensure that no matter what your destination and your reasons for choosing it, worrying about the cost of calls while you are away will not be a factor.
07 Jan 2014Data usage rates have been reduced in France and Anguilla for the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards.
22 Nov 2013Data usage rates have been reduced in Luxembourg for the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards.
05 Nov 2013The rates to make and receive calls in El Salvador has been significantly reduced on the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards.
18 Oct 2013Lower data rates in Nigeria! From next week on, data rates in Nigeria will drop significantly and Nigeria will be added to the data bundles!
04 Oct 2013More coverage! Service (voice and text) now available in Cameroon, Gabon & Guinea with our international SIM cards.
04 Oct 2013New data coverage. Data is now available in Cameroon, French Polynesia, Guinea, Nicaragua, Martinique and Zambia with our global SIM cards
24 Sep 2013
Data usage rates have been reduced in Austria
for the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards
28 Aug 2013
Data usage rates have been reduced in Belgium and Ghana
for the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards
01 Aug 2013
about bill shock and overseas phone usage
16 Jul 2013New country added! Voice, text and data coverage is now available in Cameroon on the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards.
25 Jun 2013Check out the global festival round up for July at http://on.fb.me/12hATdJ - a great excuse to travel and use your GO-SIM international SIM
06 Jun 2013Great news if you are traveling to Japan! Data rates have been significantly reduced in Japan for the range our our international SIM cards.
23 May 2013New Release- Data Bundles: Purchasing a Data Bundle is a great way to get the best value mobile internet while you are traveling. Data Bundles provide you with a separate credit balance which is used for surfing the web, emailing, streaming music and videos and all other kinds of data usage on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. To purchase a Data Bundle, just log into your international SIM card account online, under account details you can then select the Data Bundle you would like to purchase.
17 May 2013New roaming countries added! Coverage is now available in Rep. of Guinea & Turkmenistan on the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards.
14 May 2013Check our latest travel app tip on our facebook and google pages. Benefit from our low data rates when traveling with your international SIM.
08 May 2013Data usage rates have been reduced in Greece to only $0.49/MB for the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards.
03 May 2013Check our latest travel app tip on our facebook and google+ pages. Benefit from our low data rates when traveling with your international SIM.
26 Apr 2013Visit our facebook page to learn more about our travel app tip of the week!
09 Apr 2013Travel App of the Week: ONAVO COUNT/ONAVO EXTEND Find out more on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/GOSIMsocial
26 Mar 2013Check out our newest travel tip on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/GOSIMsocial
14 Mar 2013Your GO-SIM international SIM card comes with two numbers, one for the UK and one for the US. The Global number is already allocated to the SIM and is printed on the card. The US number is optional, and can be activated once you have the card and start calling. Should you need a reminder of either of these two numbers, simply dial 568 for your Global number, and 654 for the US number, and it will be sent to you moments later via text message.
12 Feb 2013Cheaper rates in the St Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos! The rates to make and receive calls have been significantly reduced for the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards.
01 Feb 2013Cheaper rates in the Montserrat, ST Kitts & Nevis and St Lucia! The rates to make and receive calls have been significantly reduced for the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards.
25 Jan 2013Cheaper rates in the Cayman Islands, Dominica & Jamaica! The rates to make and receive calls have been significantly reduced for the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards.
17 Jan 2013Cheaper rates in Anguilla, Aruba & Barbados! The rates to make and receive calls have been significantly reduced for the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards.
09 Jan 2013Faster data with the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards. 3G now available in Gambia!
04 Jan 2013Faster data with the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards. 3G now available in Belgium, Croatia and Slovakia!
24 Dec 2012GPRS data coverage has been launched in Macedonia for the current range of GO-SIM International SIM cards.
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21 Dec 2012Faster data with the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards. 3G now available in Honduras, St. Kitts & Nevis and the British Virgin Islands!
23 Oct 2012We are happy to announce that you can send SMS from our range of GO-SIM International SIM cards to Verizon (USA) phones again. There was a technical fault beyond our control. We apologize to those who were inconvenienced by this outage.
16 Oct 2012Cheaper rates in Argentina! The calling rates have been reduced in Argentina for the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards
12 Oct 2012New data country added! Data is now available in Nepal on the current range of our GO-SIM international SIM cards
09 Oct 2012Cheaper rates in Hong Kong! The calling rates have been reduced in Hong Kong for the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards
04 Oct 2012For anyone wanting to upgrade their Iphone or Ipad, we are pleased to inform you that the iOS 6 firmware update has been tested successfully with all GO-SIM international SIM cards.
25 Sep 2012New roaming country added! Coverage is now available in Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyz Republic) for the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards.
18 Sep 2012Data usage rates have been reduced in Albania, Switzerland and Egypt for the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards
07 Sep 2012Faster data with the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards. 3G now available in Mozambique on MCel!
04 Sep 2012Faster data with the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards. 3G now available in Lebanon on MIC 1 Alfa!
31 Aug 2012Faster data with the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards. 3G now available in Ecuador on Telefonica!
17 Aug 2012New roaming country added! Coverage is now available in New Caledonia for the GO-SIM international SIM cards.
10 Aug 2012Learn more about how much data you might be using when traveling overseas: www.gosim.com/index.php?page=data-usage
20 Jul 2012 Free Facebook updates while you travel with our range of GO-SIM International SIM cards! For more info please visit www.gosim.com/facebook-notifications.html
13 Jul 2012Keep a journal of your trip - with our free Travel Journal! To set it up, link it with facebook or twitter, just log into your online account at www.rechargeminutes.com
10 Jul 2012Data usage rates have been reduced in Argentina for the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards
06 Jul 2012Add a German phone number to your current GO-SIM international SIM by logging into your account (under Account Details)
03 Jul 2012Data usage rates have been reduced in China, Cyprus & Azerbaijan for the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards
29 Jun 2012Data usage rates have been reduced in the UAE and Thailand for the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards
26 Jun 2012New roaming country added! Coverage is now available in Chad for the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards.
22 Jun 2012New data country added! Data is now available in Guatemala on the current range of our GO-SIM international SIM card!
19 Jun 2012Cheaper rates in Russia! The rate to receive calls has been significantly reduced for the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards
12 Jun 20123G data is available in over 95 countries with the current range of our GO-SIM international SIM. For a complete list of countries and the carrier(s) visit our data page.
08 Jun 2012Faster data with the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards. 3G now available in Montenegro on M Tel!
05 Jun 2012New data country added! Data is now available in Albania on the current range of our GO-SIM international SIM cards!
29 May 2012Keep in touch with friends while you're away. Update your Facebook and Travel Journal by sending a text message to our special short code number and get text message notifications when friends posts comments on your wall. Available on all of our GO-SIM international SIM cards.
25 May 2012Data is available in over 135 countries with your GO-SIM international SIM card. Your phone must be configured for data usage to work with our SIM cards. We offer ‘over the air configuration’, which means that it is done automatically. Just visit www.rechargeminutes.com to get started!
22 May 2012Forward your existing phone number to your GO-SIM international SIM card while you are traveling, making it easy for people to reach you.
18 May 2012Want to use your GO-SIM international SIM with your own handset? Here are helpful tips on unlocking your phone: www.unlockingcodesforphones.com
11 May 2012Faster data on the current range of GO-SIM international SIM cards. 3G now available in Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica, Cayman Islands & Haiti!