SIM Card Review : Viettel (Vietnam)

I’ve long talked about the benefits of having a local SIM card when visiting another country. Staying connected lets you easily keep in touch with family and friends at home, helps you make hotel, flight and other purchases without needing to use insecure WiFi networks, and gives you the confidence to better navigate the place you’re visiting – which can often lead to more local and “off the beaten path” experiences.

Today, I look back on my mobile experience while visiting Vietnam in February of this year.

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SIM Card Review : Maxis Hotlink (Malaysia)

Staying connected on the road is important for me.  It lets me keep in contact with family and friends, I can continue to work on this blog, I can book hostels and flights as I need them without having to rush to find a WiFi connection or Internet cafe, and – most importantly – I have access to local information so I can better navigate the place I’m visiting.

While I wrote a more extensive guide to local SIM cards in Japan (because I’m a geek and I had lots of time on my hands to research it), from here on out my posts about using local mobile providers will be directly linked to the experiences I had while using the service.

In Malaysia, there are a wealth of mobile providers who have prepaid SIM cards available for visitors to purchase.  Maxis Hotlink, Digi, Celcom XPAX, and UMobile all have strong presences at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and have made it dead simple for tourists to get connected within minutes.

For my month in Malaysia, I chose to use Maxis Hotlink as my cellular provider.

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Using Your Mobile Phone in Japan

It was a trip to London and Paris in 2012 which solidified my opinion on the importance of having access to mobile data while travelling.

While the City of Light is beautiful and I was able to check out all the major tourist attractions with ease using a paper map, something was missing from my visit.  I felt like I was sticking to the well-worn path, rather than being adventurous in exploring side streets and hidden gems around the city.  It wasn’t until I went to London on the second half of that trip when I found the missing piece of the puzzle.

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