Cheapest international SIM cards
If you thought Matrix was your only option for your foreign trip abroad, think again. Read on to find which SIM card gives you the best rates in the US, UK, Singapore, Thailand and Australia.
On an international trip, mobile bills can really add up. Using an Indian-based network abroad is not an option. On Vodafone, for example, you will pay a tariff of Rs140/min on calls to India from America. Opting for an international SIM card is better in a few countries, but getting one might involve some hassle. What you’re left with are calling cards, of which Matrix is most popular. But it doesn’t always match up to its Indian competitors. We tell you which company has the best calling card for the most popular foreign destinations for Indian travelers.
United States of America
|USA||Local calls||India calls||Incoming calls||Local SMS||International SMS||Registration charges|
Pick IPRE offers the best calling rates, both local and international for no rental or deposit fees. Calling rates are the cheapest with Rs8.25 per minute pulse rates for local and India calls. Text messages within America and internationally are charged just Rs5.5 per message.
Don’t pick Matrix offers the most expensive scheme amongst all for America. With a one time rental fee of Rs960, local calls cost Rs16 per minute and calls to India can get as expensive as Rs57 per minute.
|UK||Local calls||India calls||Incoming calls||Local SMS||International SMS||Registration charges|
Pick Tsim is the cheapest of the lot with call rates of Rs5.76 per minute, both local and to India. Text messaging charges are on the higher side, but with no registration fees, this SIM card provides the best value for money.
Don’t pick If you are going to be calling home quite frequently, the WorldSim plan will be extremely expensive. No registration fees are charged, but international calls are tagged at Rs40 per minute and local calls at Rs15 per minute.
|Thailand||Local calls||India calls||Incoming calls||Local SMS||International SMS||Registration charges|
Pick The plan from UniConnect is the cheapest of the lot. Even with a registration fee of Rs100, local calls are charged at Rs2.03 and India calls at Rs20.3 per minute. Other competitors offer exorbitant rates compared to UniConnect in Thailand.
Don’t pick The WorldSim card should be avoided again. With local calls at Rs25 and India calls at Rs40 per minute, this card also charges Rs10 per minute for any incoming calls. Local text messages are expensive too at Rs26 per SMS.
|Australia||Local calls||India calls||Incoming calls||Local SMS||International SMS||Registration charges|
Pick Go for the UniConnect card in Australia. Registration fees are not waived; however, you can make local calls for Rs9 per minute and calls to India for just Rs1.2 per minute. Text messages to India are also inexpensive for Rs8.7 per SMS.
Don’t pick For making calls to India, the WorldSim card would cost you dear with its Rs40 per minute plan. Incoming calls are also charged Rs2 per minute and local calls Rs15 per minute, making it the most expensive in Australia even with no registration fees.
|Singapore||Local calls||India calls||Incoming calls||Local SMS||International SMS||Registration charges|
Pick Depending on your trip duration, the Matrix card offers value for money with its plan in Singapore. Registration fees worth Rs349 are charged but its cheaper local calls and free incoming calls make it our pick for this destination.
Don’t pick The Reliance WorldSim costs Rs30 per minute for local, international and even incoming calls. Local texts are charged Rs19 per SMS.