Most travelers understand the importance of switching off data roaming when you’re traveling overseas. And for those who don’t, it only takes one $700 phone bill for this realization to hit hard!
Yet having access to mobile data is perhaps even more important for those who travel. That connection means access to information, money, and methods of communication when you find yourself in a foreign land. It’s how we organize everything from where to eat to finding a route to the hotel. Mobile data has become such an integral part of our daily lives that most of us would be lost without it. Especially overseas.
So when it comes to hacks for finding cheap mobile roaming abroad, last year we brought you news of a company called Flexiroam, who offer a data roaming solution that lets you earn free data before you travel, avoiding huge roaming fees overseas. It’s a new approach to travel sim cards where you can earn 100 GB of free data to use in over 120 countries around the globe.
And while we were incredibly impressed by the app in November, Flexiroam have just released a major app revamp (March 1 2017) offering even more free mobile roaming while you’re overseas!
Click For Overview If You Haven't Heard of Flexiroam X
If you haven’t heard of Flexiroam X, check out our November 2016 review which explains exactly how it works and what it is. Click here.
You receive a starter pack with a thin micro-chip which easily sticks to your regular SIM card (this does not affect the performance of your regular SIM). Once you attach the X Microchip to your regular SIM, you essentially have two SIM cards operating in your phone, and can access mobile data from over 120 countries in the world when you connect to the Flexiroam X SIM.
You can toggle back and forth between both SIM cards without having to physically remove the card from your phone. You’ll only have to apply the Microchip once, and you can keep it in your phone forever, whether you’re using the Flexiroam X SIM or not.
It’s a great way to roam internationally for as little cost as possible. It’s a LOT more convenient than having to physically switch between different SIMs, and because it’s a celluar service you don’t have to scramble to find free Wi-Fi overseas; you have data anywhere 4G coverage is present. Read more.
New Features With the Flexiroam X App Update
Along with a range of new features, the Flexiroam App has been completely redesigned. While it was simple and slick to start with, the red interface has been replaced by one which is a clean white, and offers navigation in a simpler and more straightforward way.
From the main home page of the app you now have options to refer friends for more data, order your link starter pack, and track your order. It continues to display your balance of data as it did before.
The menu bar at the bottom of the screen allows easy navigation to check coverage, status, your account details, and make internet calls. With their new design, they’ve made the app simpler and a lot easier to navigate.
What it Was:
What it Looks Like Now:
A new feature of the app allows you to assess how much data is the right amount for you, even before you purchase a Starter Pack, or decide to pay extra data through the app.
Whether you’re considering 500 MB, 1 GB, or 3 GB, it provides examples of exactly how much usage you can expect for this much data, ie 1.5 million instant text messages, 11,000 emails, 4,000 photo uploads, 22 hours of internet calls, 10 hours of music streaming, or 200 hours of map navigation.
Particularly helpful, because who really knows what 1 GB of data means!
Earn More Free Data
Flexiroam is giving a hefty amount of free data on this latest update. If you register your account today you earn 100 MB. If you link your account with Facebook you earn 400 MB. And you can earn more data for every referral you do.
Among the new ways to earn free data, you can also earn 1 GB if you refer 5 people within the 24 hours of your registration. To claim this, your friends will need to download the app using your referral link and sign up.
This is much more convenient as previously your friends needed to key in a referral code to get their free data. Now you can forward a download link and all they have to do is sign up. Your referral link is available from the homepage of the app.
The most exciting new feature of Flexiroam X app is the ability to make internet calls. From March 21 2017 you’ll have the ability to make local or international calls to any mobile or landline phone over the interest using your data balance.
You can add your caller ID, save contacts, and view your call history all from within the app. It displays your rate on the screen so you can manage and keep track of how much data you have and how much you’re spending per minute on each call.
Login With Facebook, Google or Email
With the new update you can now login with one click via Facebook, Google, or using your email address. You no longer need to login with your mobile number and password.
This feature is a lot more convenient and means faster access to mobile data when you’re on the run.
We now have access to a status page which shows the current connection details, as well as the partner network country you’re in.
Once a starter pack has been purchased you can now track the order in the app and check on the shipping status.
This provides ease of mind that it’s on it’s way, and allows you to make plans for earning your free data before you leave for your trip.
All other features of the app are located in the account page. Whether you’re looking to refer friends, apply a promo code, choose a payment method, manage transactions, access suport, or log out.
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Photo credits: First two product images by Travel With Bender. Disclosure: This post has been published in collaboration with Flexiroam.