Mobile messaging applications like WhatsApp have changed the way we communicate. These free services (although some have subscription fees) allowed for a more constant exchange of information anywhere you are in the world.
But if you do visit another country, what can you do to have Internet access? Sure, you can always look for free Wi-Fi so you can use WhatsApp or buy a local SIM card. But if you don?t want to shell out money for data roaming charges or a SIM that you will never use again, take a look at the new WhatSim card.
What is WhatSim?
With over 700 million active users, WhatsApp is one of the most widely used messaging apps. In a bid to attract that massive user base, a company from Italy announced a WhatsApp-specific SIM card called WhatSim. This will give your phone WhatsApp capabilites and make it work seamlessly even when you?re in another country–without the need for Wi-Fi or roaming data. In a sense, it has a very limited functionality as it only works with a single application. But if you use WhatsApp extensively, either for work, school, or keeping in touch with family and friends, then this service can be useful especially if you travel a lot.
How does it work?
WhatSim works with 400 operators across the globe and is compatible in about 150 countries. You can find a list of supported countries and territories here. This service is able to connect to a network provider and automatically searches for a new one should you change your location. In situations where a provider with stronger signal is available, WhatSim automatically connects to that network.
Where can I get it?
You can get your own WhatSim card right from its official website for ?5 or ?10 depending on which country you live in. Standard worldwide shipping is set at ?5. This package will allow you to use WhatsApp within those supported locations for one year. Exchanging WhatsApp message and sharing locations is free but you?ll need buy credits in order to send voice messages, photos, and videos. The rates for those credits are also varied as WhatSim divided the list of countries into four zones. Go this page to view the credit schemes.
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