Sim Cards or Apps? Which is better?
If you ever called internationally, you must have discovered by now that it implies a constant strive between finding the proper prices with a fair stability. Considering the avalanche of options that are available now, one would even feel overwhelmed at first, contrary to the previous decades' telecom situation, when it was much harder and more expensive to communicate with someone not only abroad but even locally. Despite those barriers being gone nowadays, the risk of ridiculous bills and crippling stress levels, still exists. In that case, how may one avoid such trouble?
The options to encounter
SIM card: Usually available for good prices, these may also be used to call international. For using them however, your phone needs a free SIM slot, meaning that you will need to replace the current one. Either this, or getting a side-phone just to call international, could work, unless you have a dual SIM phone, which, in this case would turn out to be a more handy solution. Just as the usual SIMs, the one used for international calls, carries a balance, and the user may choose when, or how much to recharge, deppending on their preferences or needs.
SIM cards may be purchased from Lebara, Lycamobile and many more.
A downside may be that it requires your phone to be unlocked.
Apps: Composed of scripts and electrical impulses, apps are software additions that you may download for your smartphone. As soon as it is acquired, an app may have your contacts imported from your phone list, or some other sources. It usually requires the user to have a credit from which their calls could be charged, but with Nalo, one may call for free, if the other person has it installed as well. For using it however, you need to be connected to the internet, which nowadays, is a less and less bothering issue.
Apps: Skype, Nalo
Efficiency and accessibility
Here we're going to take a look at which of them could provide a most satisfying reliability, because no one would pick an option if the quality level is less than decent, no matter how cheap it is. Even free options are quickly discarded if they become a reason of headaches.
Since they emerged and starded developing, apps quickly gained territory through their availability and the easiness with which they may be acquired. Just a few taps and swipes now and you may download any app from the internet. They also constantly change enabling them to receive fixes and improvements, this also, placing them further ahead. Another factor, is simply the aspect of the market nowadays, that focuses on convenience. For exaple, sometimes is more comfortable and quicker to just get an app online, than get to a nearby store and buy a SIM. Due to the effort and attention that is given to them, apps also are more likely to receive reviews and all kind of promoting, for free. More and more services nowadays seem to also focus on being less repressive, by avoiding binding elements, such as contracts or agreements.
If you have a phone that is network-locked, using another SIM card may be impossible, and even if it isn't locked, constant switching between the two cards could be a bother.
Some people choose the option of using two phones, each designed for basic use and international calling respectively, however, taking care of two phones, might also become an issue (carrying, charging them etc.) Its been said that some dual-SIM smartphones are being worked on, and some other seem to already be out for sale, statistics though, only seem to favor them in the Eastern territories.
Overall, SIMs just seem to be more of a physical and mental burden than the apps, and they also receive less support on mostly all levels, so obviously, the apps are winning.
Which costs less - SIM cards or apps?
The constant hunger for money that became an ordinary display on pretty much all the markets, also comes with a self-regulating element: the competition. As new providers join in with the same product, each of them drops the prices and even more, they strive for better quality. So in other words, competition just acts as a boost on productivity, that also works in the favor of the consumer, supposedly.
Some statistic data, provided information about how much easier is, for a company that uses the internet as well, such as Nalotel, to provide prices that are much cheaper than what SIM cards bring on the table.
The prices alone should be a fair-enough factor for you to consider using our services, instead of the SIM cards. But if that still isn't enough, there is also the quick review you might consider as well.