How Airalo Revolutionizes Travel Connectivity

Staying connected while traveling should be hassle-free. Whether it's a business trip, a vacation, or an adventure around the world, the last thing you need is to worry about mobile connectivity and roaming charges. That's...


Staying connected while traveling should be hassle-free. Whether it's a business trip, a vacation, or an adventure around the world, the last thing you need is to worry about mobile connectivity and roaming charges. That's where Airalo comes in. With Airalo, you can access eSIMs for 200+ countries and regions, making it simple and affordable to stay connected wherever you go. But how does it work? Let's explore.

What is Airalo?

Airalo is the world's first eSIM marketplace that aims to improve travel connectivity. Founded in 2019, Airalo addresses the struggles travelers face with connectivity. From waiting in line to buy local SIM cards to dealing with expensive roaming charges, Airalo has experienced it all and is here to fix it.

The Airalo store offers eSIMs (digital SIMs) for 200+ countries and regions worldwide. With eSIM technology, staying connected on your trips becomes a breeze. You can easily download a data plan for your destination and instantly connect to a mobile network upon arrival.

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What is an eSIM?

An eSIM, or embedded SIM card, is a tiny chip built into your phone's hardware. It serves the same purpose as a traditional SIM card: identifying you as a mobile subscriber and connecting you to a carrier's network. The difference is that an eSIM does it all digitally.

Think of an eSIM as a digital SIM card that you can reprogram. It allows you to download data plans on the go, making it easy to connect to a mobile network. Most devices support multiple eSIM data plans, stored as eSIM "profiles" or lines. This flexibility simplifies switching between plans for different countries or purposes.

SIM vs. eSIM: What's the Difference?

While both serve the same function, eSIMs have some advantages over traditional SIM cards:

  • Embedded and non-removable: An eSIM is built into your device, eliminating the need to swap it out to switch plans.
  • Carrier-independent: You can download plans from any carrier if your phone is unlocked and eSIM-compatible.
  • Secure and durable: eSIMs can't be lost, stolen, or easily physically damaged.

Is My Phone eSIM-Compatible?

Most flagship devices manufactured since 2018 are eSIM-compatible. However, compatibility depends on your mobile provider and where you purchased your device. To check if your phone supports eSIM technology, refer to our list of eSIM-compatible devices.

Remember that your phone must also be carrier-unlocked to use an Airalo eSIM. An unlocked phone allows you to insert any SIM or activate an eSIM from any carrier. If you're unsure, contact your carrier to confirm.

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How Does Airalo Work?

Airalo is a marketplace for eSIMs, offering access to 200+ countries and regions. You can access Airalo through their app (available on iOS and Android) or their website. Here's a closer look at how Airalo works:

Step 1: Choose an eSIM

If your phone is eSIM-compatible and carrier-unlocked, you're ready to purchase your first eSIM. Consider these factors when choosing an eSIM from Airalo:

  • Data: The amount of preloaded data on the eSIM.
  • Validity Period: How long you can use the eSIM.
  • Price: The value of the eSIM package.
  • Location: The countries and regions where the eSIM can be used. Choose from local, regional, or global options.

Many eSIMs on Airalo also offer top-up options, allowing you to add more data or extend the plan if needed.

Step 2: Install Your eSIM

After purchasing an eSIM, you'll receive step-by-step instructions to install it. Ensure a stable Wi-Fi connection before initiating the installation process. There are three installation methods: direct, manual, and QR code. Follow the instructions provided based on your eSIM's compatibility.

Step 3: Activate Your eSIM

Your eSIM's activation policy determines when your plan's validity period begins. Some eSIMs activate immediately upon installation, while others activate when you connect to a mobile network at your destination. Refer to the package details for your eSIM's activation policy.

Step 4: Connect to a Network

After labeling your eSIM line during installation, you're ready to connect to a local network at your destination. Follow these steps on your device:


  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap Cellular or Mobile
  3. Select your eSIM line
  4. Toggle on Turn On This Line
  5. Enable Data Roaming
  6. Tap Network Selection and choose a supported network.


  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap Network & Internet
  3. Select Mobile Network
  4. Turn on your eSIM
  5. Enable Mobile Data
  6. Enable Data Roaming
  7. Choose a supported network.

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What Can You Do With an Airalo eSIM?

Now that your eSIM is active and you're connected to a local network, the possibilities are endless. Here are just a few things you can do with your Airalo eSIM:

  • Get online within minutes of arriving at your destination.
  • Use ride-hailing apps to reach your accommodation.
  • Navigate new cities with ease using Google Maps.
  • Access restaurant and hotel reviews.
  • Purchase tickets for museums, shows, and activities.
  • Book transportation to your next destination.
  • Stay connected with friends, family, and colleagues through video calls.
  • Post real-time photos and videos on social media.
  • Use your primary line for calls and texts, including two-factor authentication.
  • Set up an eSIM hotspot to share data with other devices.
  • Top up your data through the Airalo app if needed.
  • Seamlessly switch between eSIM plans for different countries.

Ready to experience hassle-free connectivity? Head over to the Airalo store and access eSIMs for over 200 countries and regions worldwide. Start your journey today!