Free Unlimited (100MB/Day) WhatsApp Usage in 90 Countries - KnowRoaming Global SIM Card - USD $10 (Min Credit Load Is USD $25)

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Inspired by nnaaggrroomm's comment, decided to pop the cherry by posting this deal :)

Originally seen on Engadget, this seems like a pretty sweet deal!

From the website:
KnowRoaming Global SIM Card $9.99 USD
The only travel SIM you'll ever need. Don't hunt for local SIM cards or wait on Wi-Fi. This SIM connects you to local networks around the world.

They say there's no need for any of their credit, just need to use either of their two SIMs.

However, from their support portal:
KnowRoaming is now permitting the use of WhatsApp (this includes messages, voice, pictures, and calls) without incurring any associated data charges. When using WhatsApp, usage will seemingly deduct balance from your account, however all deductions for WhatsApp usage will be refunded within 2 hours of the deduction. This usage can be monitored within the KnowRoaming App under the Usage section, where "Free WhatsApp Usage" is displayed.

So this may need some credit to start off with. There's an offer of a $5 credit if you share to social media (after SIM purchase), hoping that that takes care of this.

Their rates are here. Prepaid usage, so no shocks when you get back from your trip!

EDIT: Sorry, promo code seems to have been targeted. Was USD 5 with it.

EDIT 2: Unlimited worldwide appears to be generally limited to 100MB a day and 90 countries, see comment

Comments

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    "This voucher has already been used" notice;no go!

    • +1 vote

      Yeah, same for me the voucher not working, but $10usd still seems like a deal for free whatsapp data.

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    Free roaming Whatsapp….seems too good to be true :)

    going give it a try for upcoming Malaysia trip in couple weeks, hopefully sim card turns up on time.

    • +3 votes

      "Free, unlimited WhatsApp usage worldwide NO CREDIT REQUIRED + NO CATCHES"
      "Remember, you enjoy free WhatsApp usage wherever we offer data."

      I don't see Malaysia listed on their 'unlimited data for 7.99USD / day' … But they offer data at 15c/mb in 200+ countries.

      Unclear what experience you'll get…I suspect you'll turn data on and blow a few $$ (@15c/mb) on mail/alerts/etc and WhatsApp data .. then just the WhatsApp data will be refunded.

      You may want to compare to Celcom's local traveller sim depending on how long you're going for. ~$1.50AUD day for 500mb data - 4G LTE.

    • +2 votes

      unless you have a spare phone/dual sim standby phone, this is pretty useless when you have to keep swapping SIM cards in the same phone.

      Most people take travel sims with them when they go on holiday or buy a sim at the visiting country.

      4G data is also becoming pretty cheap on traveler sims

      • -4 votes

        Nope. If one has a dual SIM card smart phone set, this deal makes sense.

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        Most people take travel sims with them when they go on holiday

        Any alternate recommendations? I find most stuff an absolute ripoff for the way I travel, this $10 deal with (potentially) calls/data/no-expiry/any-country seams pretty sweet to me?!

        (I travel minimum 3 months a year, multiple countries/continents…I only want absolute basic usage, yet phones are a pain!)

    • +4 votes

      Why bother when you can get a cheap SIM for any kind of data and local calls thrown in on arrival in Malaysia?

    • +3 votes

      You can get really cheap sim cards in Malaysia right at the airport, including data packs.
      This one is only really useful if you visit many different countries and only ever stay in one for a couple of days.

      Most countries have much cheaper prepaid cards than Australia. If I stay 3 or more days in a country, I usually get a local sim. There's only few places in the world where that isn't practical.

    • +2 votes

      Malaysia. Digi have many variations. Digi best MYR 8.80 but you may pay around 10, some may want more. Includes MYR 5 credit for calls/text. Once activated you'll be invited to accept (from memory) 200MB gratis. Buy recharge cards or credits. From those credits in your account top up how much data you want (ongoing). Or the easier way from a shop is purchase simcard then how much data you may need for complete stay

      • +1 vote

        What I found was that the airport sells only the higher value ones - e.g. MYR 40, with a lot more credit (not sure, maybe 25-30) The MYR 8.50 can only be bought outside of airport. Not that it matters much, since $40 with more credits inclusive, is still cheap in the scheme of things.

        • +1 vote

          Last year I bought a 16MYR (IIRC) Digi SIM outside arrivals. But I had to haggle with the attendant who wanted to upsell me a 25MYR SIM (or something like that). I was there at 0430 and I said, look I have to wait an hour plus for the first train so I have all day to go back and forth with you. He gave in. I was haggling more for amusement than anything else, even 25MYR was cheap enough, but I was only there for a weekend (funeral unfortunately) so I knew I needed little data.

          Anyway it seems to be common practice to upsell tourists who wonder why the offers they saw on the website are not available. They are but you have to insist.

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          @greenpossum: for Malaysia I have a simcard from Tron.com.my which has 365days expiry, so I use the one card for multiple visits. Worth checking out if it suits.

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          @oldrocker: Thanks I'll remember that but I don't expect to go there much.

  • +2 votes

    try this >> WZ19

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    FREE watsapp data is most likely a marketing scheme to get people signed up.

    I don't think it will last long before they modify the T&C and limit the FREE watsapp data

  • +3 votes

    Free unlimited WhatsApp feature

    Generally, we place no limitations on accounts drawing less than 100 MB per day. However, we reserve the right to disable this promotion on an individual account (temporarily or permanently) if KnowRoaming deems the usage as abusive. KnowRoaming reserves the right to block usage of this feature within a customer’s home country. As well, KnowRoaming also reserves the right to remove or modify this feature and any other product feature at the company’s discretion.

    https://www.knowroaming.com/#fairuse

    Also not worldwide. Limited to 90 countries

  • +6 votes

    The problem is: How do you stop the zillions of other apps from NOT using data and limiting to only Whatsapp? You may be able to block off certain things for user installed applications, but ROM based ones and even the Android/IOS core system applications cannot be stopped if you allow it to happen (ie. Google services, icloud sync, phone home systems apps etc). This will incur Data usage no matter what.

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      exactly. so you are most likely to activate the Unlimited data from $7.99 USD/day accidentally. This is where they get you and make their money.

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      This is the same reason I am not able to use Free music streaming on Optus Prepaid Daily. The second I would put on my mobile data, My $2 are off the account even when I had disabled mobile data usage for ALL apps except spotify. But Optus continues to cut $2 each day of usage and there is no way I would be able to prove that this is one of their dogdy tricks:(

    • +1 vote

      In IOS it's pretty easy to turn off mobile data (services > mobile data). I don't know about iCloud Sync, but I would be surprised if there wasn't a setting to restrict iCloud sync to wifi only.
      I travel frequently and restrict mobile data only to WhatsApp. I don't use this SIM, but have no trouble restricting to less than 10MB/day.

      • +1 vote

        When you turn off mobile data, it turns off everything in IOS. You can specify which apps to turn off, but you cannot turn off the system services from using data - unless you toggle it at the main switch, which will also turn off Whatsapp from data as well. As soon as your iphone sends out a keep-alive message back to mothership (Apple), they will charge you the data rates and as EasternCulture alluded to, can trigger off the unlimited data of $8 USD/day.

        The only viable way of this to work is to stick it into a firewall of sorts that basically blocks all traffic except going to Whatsapp. I am not sure if there are software firewalls that allows this. Otherwise, there may be some tricky ways of playing around with the routing table (for a rooted/jailbroken/admin device) to set no default gateways, but channel whatsapp traffic only through the Cell interface (if you know the whatsapp servers to stick into the routing table).

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      There are firewall apps out there (I use NoRoot firewall) that allow you to block/allow internet access to each app installed on your phone individually. NoRoot firewall even allows you to set up different rules for WIFI and data.

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      If you have Android Nougat, you can easily specify which apps can use mobile data, when you enable data saver. You might still leak a few bytes, but it should do a pretty good job.

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        Interesting about the Noroot (heard of it before, but never tried it). The biggest problem with most of these methods are that it uses Blacklist principles (Allow everything but ban each individual app) as opposed to Whitelist principles (ban everything and allow only individual apps). Not sure how much it can stop the core services (google services etc) from getting out of the phone. With Noroot, the system applications runs with higher privileges than a user application - so it may have quite a bit of issue with digging that deep to stop those services. It will be a good experiment to test though to see how much traffic it does stop as opposed to only stopping certain traffic.

        • +1 vote

          I use AFWall+ on my Android devices, requires root access but gives good fine grain control over what apps/services can use what data connections, (WiFi, LAN, Mobile, VPN, Roaming). You can also unilaterally disable IPv6 and/or allow all incoming LAN connections, (eg. Samba, FTP, AirDroid).

          By default the firewall is disabled on install, if you enable it everything will be blocked.

          You then need to whitelist apps/services against connection type to allow them to access networks - this includes core services.

          I believe the firewalls that don't require root, (tried NoRoot once), create a looped VPN within the phone so all traffic has to pass through it before hitting the network connection. This allows the firewall to control what traffic accesses the network by blocking what goes through it's VPN. Whether or not it'll block core services is a good question.

  • +3 votes

    Unlimited data from $US7.99/day ?? ie. More than $AU300/month

    I somehow think I'll stick to local sims and their plans …

    • -1 vote

      Depends on what travel you're doing. If you're passing through a country for a couple of days, is it really worth the drama of finding a local sim, registering etc?
      Alternative with this SIM, you immediately have data access the second you step off the plane, with enough data to get communicated, find your way around, and checkout some stuff online about what you want to do.
      It'S not intended for use everyday, but certainly useful for a random short trip. Perhaps not so relevant for Aussie travellers, but very handy in other parts of the world.

  • +1 vote

    Is this 4G?

    Stick with me here, but is this essentially AU$300 a month for unlimited 4G data in OZ ?

    Steve

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    Thanks OP purchased 4x sim for upcoming euro trip.

  • +3 votes

    This is impossible to limit it to whatsapp. Soon as you enable data all the system and apps start using even a few kilobytes and you will be charged for the $7.99 unlimited plan. So that 100mb per day is useless.

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      There are firewall apps out there (I use NoRoot firewall) that allow you to block/allow internet access to each app installed on your phone individually. NoRoot firewall even allows you to set up different rules for WIFI and data.

  •  

    so this data can only be use on whats ap?
    what if i use other ap?

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    ChatSim offers a similar service for $21 per year, unlimited messaging on a range of messaging apps. Same problem as this, it's a pain stopping all other apps/services from consuming data. Although when I used it, you didn't get charged extra if that happened, just blocked for a few hours.

  • +1 vote

    I used http://web.flexiroamx.com/#the-x for my round the world trip last year. Didnt need to change my sim at all in all the countries i visited. Just pay $5 USD for sim card delivery and $9.99 USD for a one year membership and then try to earn free data (you can earn upto 100GB).

    You stick the flexiroam sim card on top of your existing sim and your good to go.

    •  

      Huh, interesting! Did you have any hassles actually getting it to work? (settings, APN, whatever?)

      Seems a bit weird to watch ads for data… how much data do you get per ad? Plus data for referrals seems a bit pyramid-scheme!

      • +1 vote

        nah very easy to setup and switch between sims on your phone interface (not physically). Just browse around the net for codes…i got free 1gb from a sign up code before from some only thai travel website. Most likely expired by now. I never got data from watching ads, just from referrals. There are also some sites out there that give free numbers for referral codes.

        <Mod Edit: No soliciting in comments>

  • +2 votes

    Does this work on a cruise ship?
    They have their own GSM/3G/4G network, and if can be used on their network for free Whatsapp would be really good.

  •  

    Everyone seems concerned about auto-updates etc forcing data use.
    I hacked Android 4.2.2, and can confirm you can stop everything except some of google's phone privacy-related apps.
    So I was wondering could this freebie be used with say Android 2.3 or whatever, to make it actually free. Or else a firewall be used?
    Any ideas?

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    Will this work in Vietnam? According to their rates page you need to have an unlimited data package for Vietnam