For usual travellers, getting a local SIM card is the most affordable option for calls, texts, and data while travelling. They provide a local number for making and receiving calls, as well as providing typically cheaper options for mobile data.


Renting a MiFi/Pocket WiFi device, on the other hand, is another option for people who are travelling in groups, which enables them to share data with just one device. Travellers with their mobile phones locked to their network provider also opt them to use the MiFi device, as their phones are only restricted to use the network-provided SIM cards.


As BookMyWIFi offers all these three mobile connectivity services, let us understand the features and usages so you can decide what's your best travel essential.

SIM Card

1 user

1 Device

3 Sizes

A SIM card is a removable smart card, intended to use with GSM-enabled mobile devices, which can secure your data, and makes it much easier to move from one phone carrier to another. This tiny printed circuit board that identifies you to the phone network.

Each carrier has its own SIM cards and they can vary in size based on the phone. Currently, there are three portable SIM card sizes: mini, micro, and nano. SIM card is enough to hold your mobile number, rate plan, location area identity, network service features and preferences, text messages, address book and PIN lock.

eSIM

1 user

1 Device

Embedded


An eSIM is an embedded SIM card. It is a lot smaller than the physical SIM card, but unlike the physical SIM card, the eSIM is fixed inside your smartphone. eSIM uses the same technology as the physical SIM card and runs on the same GSM network. There is no need to insert it, neither removing it.

The information on the eSIM is rewritable, which means, you can change mobile numbers and switch network providers. eSIM is a new technology, as such, there are currently selected newer devices that support eSIM, like Apple iPhone XS, and 11 series, Samsung Galaxy S20 series, and Google Pixel 4.

MiFi/Pocket WiFi Device

Upto 10 users

Multiple Devices

Portable

A MiFi, or Pocket WiFi is a portable wireless modem device, also known as a mobile hotspot or internet dongle. This small device, at least, smaller than smartphones, connects any Wi-Fi enabled device (smartphones, laptops, and tablets) to the internet through a mobile telephone network.

It works like a home Wi-Fi hotspot, generating a WiFi network with a radius of about 10 meters, and just fits any pockets, bags, and purses. This device requires no installation, cables, or software. Provided with the data package, just switch on the pocket WiFi, enter the password, and then you can immediately connect personal devices.

Side by Side Comparisson

Key Benefits

  • Compatibility
  • Coverage
  • Battery Life
  • Setup
  • Contract
  • Connected Devices
  • Voice Calls

SIM Card

  • GSM Smartphones & Tablets
  • 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
  • Phone-dependent
  • Plug and play
  • No contract
  • 1
  • Yes

eSIM

  • Selected Smartphones (with same-day delivery)
  • 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
  • Phone-dependent
  • Plug and play
  • No contract
  • 1
  • Yes

MiFi

  • All WiFi-supported devices
  • 4G, 5G
  • 6-8 hours
  • Plug and Play
  • No contract
  • Up to 10
  • No
Key BenefitsSIM CardeSIMMiFi/Pocket WiFi
CompatibilityAll GSM devicesNewer devices (Apple, Samsung, Google,
with Same-day delivery)
All WiFi-supported devices
Coverage2G, 3G, 4G, 5G2G, 3G, 4G, 5G4G, 5G
Battery LifePhone-dependent, no charging requiredPhone-dependent, no charging required6-8 hours
SetupPlug and playPlug and playPlug and play
ContractNo contractNo contractNo contract
Connected Devices11up to 10
Voice CallsYesYesNo

Where are you travelling?

    #StayConnected Globally.