IMPORTANT: Please note that the EuropaSIM is no longer available in the form described below. We recommend that you look at the 3G/4G SIM options available through motorhomewifi.co.uk if you’re looking for a low-cost European roaming SIM card.
|Description of It||EuropaSIM provide prepay 3G SIM cards which you can use in your mobile phone, laptop, MiFi, USB 3G dongle, iPad or other network-unlocked SIM-enabled device to get roaming Internet access across Europe.|
|How We Use It||We drive between countries fairly often as we are roaming Europe, so buying local SIMs isn’t always cost effective. As we update our blog every day, we need Internet access each and every day we travel, regardless of whether we’re in the mountains, desert, a city or as is often the case, a small town in the middle of nowhere. We have a roaming SIM card managed by EuropaSIM in our Android mobile phone, provided by www.motorhomewifi.co.uk. This gives us mobile Internet in 47 European countries. As well as having Internet access on the phone (great for doing research while out and about), we can use the phone’s mobile hotspot feature to create a secure WiFi network in our motorhome and browse the Internet using an old iPad we have.The SIM is actually an Italian Vodafone SIM; EuropaSIM are just a 3rd party who package them up and sell them on, so you are in reality hooked-up to an enterprise-class network. The SIM is also voice and SMS-enabled, so you can still make and receive calls if you have it in a phone rather than a dongle or laptop.|
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|Our Summary||Picking a roaming Internet solution across Europe is difficult and you need to consider your own circumstances. If you already have a UK contract which you can’t or don’t want to get out of, you may be better off simply roaming with your UK SIM. If you’re like us, with no UK contract and are travelling for months on end, crossing national boundaries every week or three, then the EuropaSIM may well be a great solution for you. We’ve gone for a four-star review, as the ‘unlimited’ data per day solution is about as good as it gets, plus the additional text messages and call minutes. You will be able to get better prices for local SIMs, but you may well be in for a whole load of hassle too – we spent hours in shops trying to buy SIMs or arguing when the weirdly ate all of our month’s credit in a couple of days! EuropaSIM simply works.
|Where Can I Get It?||You can order direct from EuropaSIM. We found it was cheaper to buy from the sole UK distributor, who happens to be a motorhome fanatic and all-round mobile Internet guru. Talk to Adam at www.motorhomewifi.com.|