This piece has a slight bias to focussing on the cost of data per MB, but as always I would be more than happy to hear from anyone with any further questions about costs, whats included etc., but make sure you check out the product pages for each of these as it has fairly extensive background on costs and inclusions.
So here are the three options:
Probably the best all rounder for Europe is a World RoamingSIM, $29 (inc $10 credit), and you can buy here - be careful to make sure you select (from the drop down) Nano size if you have an iPhone 5.
Euro Rates: (see full details here)
- Calls: $0.38/min (to Aust)
- SMS: $0.17
- Data: $0.60/MB (casual)
Highly recommend adding
-> Euro Data pack: Monthly data bundle 200MB ~$78
(roughly $0.38/MB which is the best multi-Euro rate I know of)
& for US
-> US Data pack: 100MB ~$78
Can activate and add credit (with credit card) through simple online portal.
It is a UK based number so also cheap rates for UK, and works all around the world.
1 year expiry if no credit on the account.
Another option for Europe could be just a UK O2 SIM (can buy the SIM here $19, credit as needed), and add a Euro travel pack add-on.
I sell the 10 pound vouchers for $23 (20 pound $43), or you can buy locally.
There are two top-up amounts.
£10 = 75 UK mins, 500 UK texts, 100MB UK web
£20 = 250 UK mins, 2500 UK texts, 250MB UK web
Data add-ons UK
You can get 50Mb of data a day for a £1, or you can opt to buy one of the great value data bolt-ons;
100MB = £3
500MB = £6
1GB = £10
Note; SIM will not support tethering.
Euro travel rates:
- Data: 15MB/day = 2 pound/day (~$4.60/day or $0.31/MB)
To reset for 15Mb more of data costs another 2 pound
Other calling/SMS Euro rates and countries covered see here: http://www.o2.co.uk/international/o2-travel/pay-and-go
An option for the US is an AT&T SIM (can buy here for $34, plus credit)
$70AUD for the "$60 unlimited smartphone plan" inc 2GB data plan.
Effective rate per MB on this plan even if just used for data is ~$0.04/MB
This also includes $5 spare credit for things not included in the plan eg. Add the '$5 International Long Distance pack" which gives 250 minutes of calls to landlines in over 50 countries is popular.
Let me know if you want any of these and I can Express Post (gets there next day in Australia), or free normal shipping is included.
Written by Peter Cain
Peter Cain is the Founder and CEO of dataGO.co, a company committed to making it easier and cheaper to stay connected whilst travelling. You can find him on Twitter and Google+. You can also find dataGO on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ for all the latest info on local and roaming SIMs and data hotspots.