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If you are a globetrotter and a chat wiz then this is the product you should be looking for. Chatsim provides you a sim card with which you can chat globally at flat rates. Sounds promising? At roughly $12 for activation with 5 mb pre-loaded data and $12 for annual chat packages, it’s pricing is unbeatable. You might be thinking Great! So Whats the Catch?. To know more read our complete Chatsim Review: How to Chat Globally at Flat Rates and Low Cost.
First things first! Before you go ahead with this product, you need to know the list of apps that are supported under this platform. Let’s have a quick look at the list:
From the above list, it is clearly evident that the list of available chat apps are more Asia focused rather than the Americas. Since less than 44% Americans use any kind of chat apps at all, this kind of makes sense. However as far as coverage is concerned, it covers almost all of the continents divided into 6 zones. Do checkout the coverage details from their website here.
ChatSim have tied up with at-least one local telecom service providers in all of these countries where they provide coverage. There are no 4G services available. However, and you either get GRPS or 3G connectivity (HSPA or HSPA+ in some circles) based on the country you are in. Do check their website for service details in the country where you intend to use their service.
In real-world usage, the SIM works as advertised, however, if you end up sending too many chat messages, your connection would be throttled to just 50 messages per hour. In addition to this, if you want to send photos, videos or make calls using the chat applications, you need to subscribe to their multimedia package which supports all the extended functionalities of the chat apps. As per their estimation, about 200 photos and 40 videos can be sent for 2000 credits.
You can directly buy chatsim from their website and they will ship it to you address using different shipping options. Priority shipping is also available based on customer choice.
Activation is a pretty simple process. Once you receive the SIM card, you can directly go-to their website and active the services using a 3 step process. You need to enter the chatsim number and the sim card identification number. There is also an optional “Coupon Code” in case you have one.
Recharge can also be done online with your Mastercard, VISA or AMEX Credit Card. You can optionally buy 250 mb of data for about 32 Euros for a additional data balance.
The chat sim is an unique offering and is a great add-on for Asian countries. Since most users from Asia uses a Dual-Sim phones, adding this SIM to be used as a secondary connection would be a definite plus. If they include Uber in their supported list of Apps, I would be all over it.
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