Last Friday Mobile Syrup posted this article
about KnowRoaming, a Canadian company aiming to provide a service for international travellers like me (sometimes). In the words of their CEO:
“With the KnowRoaming sticker, never again will you have to search for Wi-Fi, buy a local SIM card or be shocked by international roaming charges.”
No arguments here about outrageous roaming charges... I've been dinged $90 CAD for a call to my mom from South Africa, and a whopping $300
for checking my email in the UK. Now that second charge was incurred on a hiptop
, which automatically sucked down a bunch of other data the moment I turned it on. Nonetheless, if you're not mindful of roaming charges then you're in for a very unpleasant surprise when you get home.
And yes, depending on the kindness of strangers via sketchy WiFi networks isn't exactly a best practice, either. You and your data are definitely at risk when you hop on to anyone's private network. On the other hand, the last five hotels I've stayed at all had free WiFi; ditto for the last airport I passed through overseas. I would trust a large-scale network — at least for casual data use — a lot more than something called "linksys".
But what exactly is so bad about buying a local SIM card?