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Airalo eSIM Card: Stay Connected While Travelling Without Roaming (USD 3 Code)


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To the point With the Airalo eSIM card, you can have Internet on your smartphone, anywhere in the world for a very low price.

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New: Certain Airalo eSIMs now support calls and text messages. Find out more in the article!

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An option is now available for travelers who want data abroad: Airalo eSIM cards.

With the emergence of smartphones offering the possibility of having a virtual SIM card, known as an eSIM card, it’s now easier to get a local data plan. And avoid paying roaming charges to your Canadian, French or Belgian operator.

This complements well the option of free Wi-Fi everywhere thanks to credit cards and VPN for travelers.

Airalo eSIM cards - Special offer

From January 1 to 31, 2024, a promotion is available on the purchase of an Airalo eSIM card:

  • 15% discount on an eSIM card for new customers (promo code: JAN15)
  • 10% discount on an eSIM card for customers who already have an account (promo code: JAN10)

If you’re a new user, you can also get 3 USD by using the Milesopedia link with the code mentioned below. It’s up to you to do the sums and see if the 15% offer is more advantageous than USD 3 in Airmoney to be used for a future purchase.

If you have a trip starting after January 1, you can still take advantage of this offer and buy your eSIM card in advance, since the period for which you buy it only starts when you activate the eSIM card.

Here are the main terms of the offer:

  • The promotion cannot be combined with any other offer and can only be used once.
  • Limited quantity of 1,000 promo codes, so offer may run out before the end of the month
  • The maximum value of the discount is 100 USD
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Airalo eSIM: the options

Airalo offers 3 types of eSIM cards:

Airalo local eSIM card

The local Airalo eSIM card is the most common: it allows you to obtain a data package in the country in which you are traveling.

Airalo offers packages in over 190 countries and regions.

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For example, here are the prices of Airalo eSIM data plans for Portugal, offered by two virtual operators: MEO and Fofo Mobil.

Operator Data Validity Price
MEO 30 GB 15 days 19 USD
Fofo Mobil 1 GB 7 days 4.50 USD
Fofo Mobil 2 GB 15 days 7 USD
Fofo Mobil 3 GB 30 days 9.50 USD
Fofo Mobil 5 GB 30 days 10 USD
Fofo Mobil 10 GB 30 days 17 USD
Fofo Mobil 20 GB 30 days 32 USD
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As you can see, you’ll need to be strategic in your choice of Airalo eSIM card, both in terms of the length of your trip and the amount of data you’ll need.

Airalo Regional eSIM card

The Airalo regional eSIM card is designed for travelers to different countries. For example, if you’re planning to visit Portugal, Italy and the UK, it’s better to opt for a regional Airalo eSIM rather than a local Airalo eSIM.

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For example, here are the rates for Airalo eSIM packages for Europe, offered by virtual operator Eurolink and covering 39 countries:

Operator Data Validity Price
Eurolink 1 GB 7 days 5 USD
Eurolink 3 GB 30 days 13 USD
Eurolink 5 GB 30 days 20 USD
Eurolink 10 GB 30 days 37 USD
Eurolink 50 GB 90 days 100 USD
Eurolink 100 GB 180 days 185 USD
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Airalo offers seven regional eSIMs:

  • Africa
  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Caribbean
  • Middle East and North Africa

Airalo Global eSIM Card

The Airalo global eSIM card is designed for frequent travelers to different parts of the world!

For example, if you’re planning to visit Europe and then Asia, it may be more interesting to opt for a global Airalo eSIM rather than a local or regional Airalo eSIM. This Airalo eSIM covers 130 countries. The following packages are available:

Operator Data Validity Price
Discover 1 GB 7 days 9 USD
Discover 2 GB 15 days 17 USD
Discover 3 GB 30 days 24 USD
Discover 5 GB 60 days 35 USD
Discover 10 GB 180 days 59 USD
Discover 20 GB 365 days 69 USD
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Recently, it has also become possible to purchase a worldwide Airalo eSIM card, which enables you to make calls and receive text messages (SMS), as well as access Internet data.

The eSIM card is associated with an Austrian telephone number (starting with +43) for worldwide use. This number allows a limited number of calls and SMS depending on the package chosen.

The following packages are available:

Operator Data Call SMS Validity Price
Discover+ 1 GB 10 minutes 10 7 days 15 USD
Discover+ 2 GB 20 minutes 20 15 days 27 USD
Discover+ 3 GB 30 minutes 30 30 days 36 USD
Discover+ 5 GB 50 minutes 50 60 days 50 USD
Discover+ 10 GB 100 minutes 100 180 days 79 USD
Discover+ 20 GB 200 minutes 200 365 days 89 USD
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Airalo eSIM card - Calls and texts

As explained in the section above, a new range of global Airalo eSIMs allows you to make calls and send text messages. The limits are rather low, but still practical in an emergency.

For the moment, the only local eSIMs also offering calls and text messages are those for the Maldives and Thailand.

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While we wait for Airalo to offer more local eSIM with calls and text messages, we can still make calls and send messages using applications based on VoIP (voice over IP protocol) technology.

The WhatsApp application, for example, is very popular for this purpose. Calls and text messages are transmitted over an Internet connection instead of a traditional analog network such as telephone lines.

With an Airalo data-only eSIM, you can make calls and send SMS using WhatsApp.

Airalo eSIM referral

By opening an Airalo account via our referral code, you can obtain a 3 USD credit on your first eSIM card purchase:

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Once you’re an Airalo account holder, you can refer friends and family and earn a 3 USD credit on your Airalo account.

Airalo eSIM application

To get an Airalo eSIM, you’ll need to download the Airalo application to your Android or iPhone smartphone.

Then you can choose your destination and your data plan. Airalo eSIM is installed directly from the application, and can then be activated on your phone.

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Airalo loyalty program

Airalo has also introduced membership levels: Traveler, Silver Traveler, Gold Traveler and Platinum Traveler where you can earn rewards, in the form of cash back, at each level, and you can upgrade to the next level by purchasing more eSIM.

The levels are as follows:

Level Total eSIM purchases Cash back
Traveler 0 USD 5 %
Silver Traveler 20 USD 6 %
Gold Traveler 70 USD 7 %
Platinum Traveler 200 USD 10 %

To find out your level, simply log in to your account and look at your profile or under “Airmoney & Membership”.

New Airalo users will start as Travelers, while existing users will be placed according to their previous eSIM purchases.

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Paying for an Airalo eSIM

As you will have noted, all Airalo eSIM cards are sold in US dollars. It will therefore be useful to have a credit card with no conversion fees to pay for your Airalo eSIM.

Airalo accepts payment by American Express, Mastercard and Visa credit cards, as well as PayPal.

Here are the three best no-conversion-fee credit cards in Canada:

How to use an Airalo eSIM

Once you have purchased your Airalo eSIM, you must :

  1. Go to “Settings” on your iPhone and select “Cellular network”.
  2. Add your eSIM if you haven’t already done so.
  3. Before you leave, set your main number to “No” and open the desired Airalo eSIM line.
  4. Be sure to set the “Data abroad” option to open.
  5. Once at your destination, disable airplane mode so that the Airalo eSIM card can connect to the local network.

Having closed your main line in this way, there will be no impact (data roaming) on your package at home. You can safely leave your home SIM card in your phone.

Once at your destination, it may take some time for the first connection to be made; if it doesn’t activate on its own, return to the settings to close the Airalo eSIM network and reactivate it.

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Bottom Line

The Airalo eSIM card is designed for travelers who need data on their smartphones and other devices. It’s a solution that lets you get up and running quickly at your destination, without having to buy a local SIM card at the airport in a language you don’t necessarily understand.

However, you won’t have access to a local telephone line. You’ll need to use third-party applications like Skype or Google Voice to make calls via your data plan once you reach your destination.

Would you like your first Airalo eSIM card? Get a 3 USD credit on your first eSIM card purchase with our referral:

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Frequently Asked Questions about Airalo

Can I share a connection with Airalo?

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Yes, you can share the connection of your Airalo eSIM card with other devices.

Find out how on this page.

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Which devices are compatible with Airalo eSIM?

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Airalo has provided a list of eSIM-compatible devices on this page.

Here are some common examples of eSIM-compatible devices:

Apple:

  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 Mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone SE (2022)
  • iPad Air (3rd Generation)
  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 11inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9inch (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad (9th generation)
  • iPad Mini (5th generation)
  • iPad Mini (6th generation)

Samsung:

  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S22+ 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S20
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20+
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20

Google:

  • Google Pixel 3 & 3 XL
  • Google Pixel 3a & 3a XL
  • Google Pixel 4, 4a & 4 XL
  • Google Pixel 5
  • Google Pixel 6
  • Google Pixel 6 Pro

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When should you install an Airalo eSIM?

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It’s best to install the eSIM at home, before going abroad. A wireless Internet connection is required for installation. You can then activate it at your destination.

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How do I activate an Airalo eSIM?

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Once you’ve reached your destination, or just before, activate eSIM in the mobile device’s Network settings. The eSIM card will not be fully activated until it connects to a cellular network abroad. So you can activate it in advance without fear of using the data you’ve purchased. Activation instructions for iPhone, Android and Pixel can be found in the Airalo support center.

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