The 3 Types of People Who Should Consider A Data Roaming Plan For Your Travels
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Your days of desperately searching for wifi when you travel abroad are over!
Thanks to Singtel’s ReadyRoam, you can now enjoy mobile data when you travel from the minute you step off the plane. In fact, it’s much easier to plan for your trip by being able to subscribe to ReadyRoam up to 30 days before your trip, instead of worrying about not being connected when you arrive at your destination.
Here’s a quick overview of the available ReadyRoam plans, each of which gives you 1GB of data for a period of 30 days.
- Malaysia – $5/GB
- 9 destinations – $12/GB (U.P. $15/GB)
- Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines and Thailand
- 18 destinations – $20/GB
- Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam
- 56 destinations – $35/GB
- Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA and Vietnam
3 types of people who should be using ReadyRoam
If one of the following sounds like you, ReadyRoam and you were made for each other.
You’re at Changi Airport so often you’ve even memorised which restaurants are at which terminal.
You save up all your annual leave so you can use it on travel, cleverly planning around public holidays so you can take advantage of them to maximise the number of days you get to spend overseas. All your social media posts are about travel, and your friends know you are hardly in Singapore on weekends.
Alternatively, you are a business traveller who’s spent so much time working on your laptop in airports that you can log in to [email protected] with your eyes closed. You’re a Krisflyer Elite Gold member thanks to all those miles you’ve earned flying for work.
As a frequent traveller, whether for leisure or business, it makes more sense to get a 30-day roaming plan rather than buying a single trip data plan each time you travel.
If you buy single-trip plans each time, you run the risk of forgetting to buy one for a trip, and then going through the rigmarole of searching for a local SIM card at the airport when you land at your destination.
With ReadyRoam, you can connect to the Internet once you step off the plane. If you’re travelling for work, you’ll be able to check your email right away, instead of biting your nails until you reach the hotel.
Solo travellers or people who travel in pairs or small groups
Having an overseas adventure doesn’t mean you don’t need to call home once in a while! The reality is that when we travel, we want to be able to say use Google maps, send pics to our friends and family back home and maybe even book our next round of accommodation online.
Wifi dongles are one way to stay connected on a trip, but there are several downsides to using them. For one thing, lugging the device around is no fun, and thanks to the crappy battery life you’ll have to remember to charge it at least daily.
Wifi dongles are also quite expensive, especially if you are travelling alone or in a small group and have fewer people to split the cost with.
Depending on how many people you’re travelling with, it might be cheaper to simply get a data roaming plan like ReadyRoam.
As a retiree, you’re embracing the free time you now have to travel. But let’s face it, you are probably not going to stay at $5-a-night backpackers’ hostels infested with cockroaches, or search for a local SIM card in a country where you don’t speak the language.
If you (or your parents) intend to travel often, a data roaming plan like ReadyRoam is the easiest and most hassle-free solution.
Once the plane lands, all you have to do is turn on your phone and you’re ready to connect to the Internet. Your family will have peace of mind knowing you’re just a phone call away.
Never get overcharged again thanks to AutoReadyRoam
Turning on your mobile data while overseas can be a terrifying experience due to the risk of getting charged pay-per-use roaming fees.
AutoReadyRoam is a free setting that enables you to automatically activate a multi-destination ReadyRoam plan so that you get instant connectivity upon arrival, and ensures that you never get charged exorbitant pay-per-use roaming fees ever again. You can activate AutoReadyRoam once and it will work on all of your travels.
In addition, there’s ReadyRoam Network Lock, which blocks data usage in destinations that are not covered by your plan.
Not sure how to activate AutoReadyRoam or ReadyRoam Network Lock? Check out our guide on AutoReadyRoam here.
Now, go forth and explore the world, all while staying connected with ReadyRoam!
Do you have any funny stories about trying to connect to Wifi while overseas? Share them in the comments!