Holafly: eSIM and SIM cards for international travel

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A few years ago, being able to connect to the Internet abroad was a difficult task. Mobile carriers offered the possibility of activating roaming with data in exchange for high rates, so it was better to leave the SIM card at home. Today, new alternatives have emerged, which are cheaper and provide Internet connection when traveling, one of them is the eSIM of Holafly, a young Spanish company that is expanding.

If you want to know about Holafly, its eSIM or SIM with data, here you will find that and much more. We will do a tour about Holafly, the opinions that its users have, the company’s foundation, the countries it includes, the rates it has around the world and we will give you answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Likewise, we have included product purchase guides, steps to install the eSIM and how you can activate it. For those who are looking for Holafly’s compatibility with the eSIM we have added a list of cell phones that work with this company’s products.

What is Holafly?

Holafly is a Spanish company dedicated to offering international data SIM and eSIM cards for travelers who like to travel the world without losing their Internet connection. It has coverage in more than 100 countries around the globe, in continents like as Europe, Asia, America, Africa, Australia and Oceania.

Its main purpose is to cooperate so that outbound travelers do not have to pay exorbitant bills in international roaming costs to their carrier. Holafly offers mobile internet connectivity abroad with its products.

What type of products do it sell

As we have already mentioned, the products offered by Holafly for travelers are prepaid SIM cards for international travel and eSIM with data. For some destinations its SIM cards include unlimited data and unlimited calls.

SIM cards for travel

These cards help tourists to avoid exaggerated charges for international roaming services. These cards provide in most destinations a fixed amount of data, which is chosen at the time of purchase. After use, the SIM card does not need to be returned and can be discarded.

Holafly Store Germany
Holafly Store Germany. Source: Holafly

eSIM with international data

Holafly’s eSIMs with international data offer a service similar to international SIM cards, however, eSIMs only have mobile data and, as indicated on their website, do not offer calling service. In these cases it is necessary to resort to third party sources to solve this need, for example using WhatsApp or Skype.

Holafly eSIM Store.
Holafly eSIM Store. Source: eSIM Holafly

Reviews about Holafly

In general, the reviews of Holafly are positive on recognized sites such as Trustpilot, Twitter and Facebook. It has nearly 400 reviews and a rating of 4.5.

Reviews Holafly eSIM
Reviews Holafly eSIM. Source: Trustpilot

Customer service

Their customer service is professional, they respond almost immediately via live chat and email. You can also communicate with Holafly via Facebook or Instagram, but the most effective channel is the chat available on their website.

Quality of service

Holafly’s SIM and eSIM data cards connect to the networks of the target carriers. The quality of coverage therefore depends on this intermediary. As for the delivery system, in the case of the eSIM, it is immediate. For SIM cards it is necessary to wait between one to two days for the product to arrive at your home.

In which countries does Holafly’s services works?

Holafly has variations in the operation of SIM cards and eSIM data cards. To differentiate between them, we will tell you about the coverage and countries included in each option.

Countries included in Holafly eSIM

Holafly’s international eSIMs have coverage in the following countries, the quality of network coverage and speed depends on the country you are traveling to. For example, there are countries in which there is still no 4G connectivity in some areas, so you will have 3G connection.

Countries included in Holafly’s eSIM are: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United States, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam.

The countries mentioned are independent. However, Holafly also has eSIM Multi-country that includes other destinations, we will tell you about them below:

Latin America Multi-country: this product has coverage in Argentina, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Asia Multi-country: this eSIM includes destinations such as South Korea, Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Macao and Laos.

North America: with this product you will be able to connect to the Internet in the United States and Canada.

Countries included in the Holafly SIM Card

The SIM card includes countries similar to the eSIM and there are also data plans for multiple countries and with coverage on continents.

Holafly SIM cards work in the following countries: Andorra, Argentina, Bosnia, Canada, Chad, Gibraltar, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Faroe Islands, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Laos, Mexico, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Saudi Arabia, United States, United Arab Emirates, Fiji, Georgia, Ghana, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Dominican Republic, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Tanzania, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen.

In the case of SIM cards for multiple countries we have the following:

Latin America Multi-country: includes Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico and Uruguay.

Asia Multi-Country: this card covers South Korea, Cambodia, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, Myanmar and Laos.

North America: the prepaid SIM works in destinations such as Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Where to buy a Holafly eSIM?

The Holafly eSIM with data can be purchased from its online website called Holafly eSIM. The currency handled by the store is euros and supports various payment methods such as PayPal, Google Pay, Apple Pay, Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit and debit cards.

Holafly eSIM is a digital product that can be purchased from anywhere in the world. It is necessary to have internet access for a few minutes to make the purchase and install the product on your mobile device.

How to buy a Holafly eSIM?

To purchase from Holafly’s eSIM store, follow these steps:

  • Log in to the Holafly eSIM store.
  • Search or select the country you plan to travel to.
  • Choose the amount of data and days.
  • Fill out the purchase form.
  • Proceed to payment.
  • You receive the eSIM in your email.

How to setup Holafly’s eSIM?

After receiving the eSIM and having it in your email, you can print or use another screen to perform the procedure. Also make sure that the cell phone to which you are going to install the eSIM has an internet connection with either WiFi or mobile data.

Set up Holafly eSIM
Set up Holafly eSIM. Source: Help Holafly

It is important that you install the eSIM a few hours before traveling or when you arrive at your destination. Do not test it before, as installing it may activate it if it connects to the network. Now you are ready to start:

  • Go to Settings > Mobile data > Data plan.
  • Click on Add data plan.
  • The camera will turn on and you will need to place the QR code in front of it.
  • The iPhone will recognize the profile and ask you to download it.
  • Accept the download and install.
  • Select the plan as secondary and for mobile data only.
  • You have just installed the eSIM.

How do I activate a Holafly eSIM?

Holafly eSIM activation is automatic, there is no need to make additional configurations, send SMS or call any number. Turn on your mobile data and data roaming when you arrive at your destination and you should be able to use the internet.

Holafly eSIM compatible devices

Most cell phones that have eSIM support are compatible with Holafly. Brands such as Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Motorola and Google Pixel are the most prominent.

Apple iPhone

Apple devices are the favorite and recommended devices to use Holafly’s eSIM. iPhones have two advantages, firstly, they support eSIM and secondly, they usually have compatibility with network frequencies around the world. Among the cell phones supported by Holafly are the following:

iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone SE 2 (2020).

Samsung Galaxy

South Korean smartphones also have eSIM and Holafly has support for the following models:

Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy S20+, Samsung Galaxy S20+ Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S21+, Samsung Galaxy S21+ Ultra 5G, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Fold2 5G, Samsung Galaxy Fold3 5G, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 y Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G.

Huawei

Despite the censorship of this brand due to political issues, Holafly’s eSIM is compatible with cell phone models that have this technology. Among them are:

Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro and Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Motorola

The Motorola smartphone that has eSIM and does it in a particular way, since it does not have physical slots like the rest, is the Motorola Razr (2019).

Google Pixel

Google with its Android operating system and Pixel brand has eSIM support. The cell phones supported by Holafly are as follows:

Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel 3 XL, Google Pixel 3a, Google Pixel 3a XL, Google Pixel 4, Google Pixel 4 XL, Google Pixel 4a 5G and Google Pixel 5.

Holafly data plans for traveling abroad

Holafly offers different types of data plans. The amount of days and data varies according to the destination you travel to and whether you use a SIM or eSIM card.

eSIM data plans

Holafly’s virtual SIM cards or digital SIM cards have different data plans according to the destination. In summary, you will find the following rates:

Number of daysAmount of mobile data
12 days4GB
7 days 3GB
8 days 3GB
8 days 5GB
15 days 5GB
30 days 1GB
30 days 3GB
30 days 5GB
30 days 7GB
Holafly eSIM data plans. Source: Holafly eSIM store

SIM card data plans

SIM cards have more data and days, for some destinations Holafly offers unlimited data with the possibility of sharing or tethering. Similarly, the amount of data and days varies according to the destination you visit. Let’s take a look at the following table:

Number of daysAmount of mobile data
5 daysUnlimited mobile data
7 days Unlimited mobile data
7 days 1,5GB
7 days 4GB
7 days 5GB
8 days Unlimited mobile data
8 days 3GB
8 days 5GB
12 days 4GB
12 days 6GB
14 days 6GB
14 days 8GB
14 days 10GB
10 days Unlimited mobile data
15 days Unlimited mobile data
15 days 5GB
15 days 6GB
20 days Unlimited mobile data
30 days Unlimited mobile data
30 days 3GB
30 days 6GB
30 days 10GB
30 days 12GB
60 days Unlimited mobile data
90 days Unlimited mobile data
Holafly SIM card data plans. Source: Holafly

Holafly eSIM Details

FeatureDetail
Purchasing channelsWebsite.
Registration required for purchaseNo.
eSIM ProfileYes, it can be downloaded via QR code.
Set upAutomatic.
ActivationAutomatic.
CoverageNetwork of one or more mobile carriers at destination.
Customer ServiceYes, through chat on your website.
IdiomasSpanish, English, French and German
Allows tethering (data sharing)Yes, no restrictions.
Holafly eSIM details.

Holafly Founders

Pedro Maiquez
YingYan Hu

Holafly History

Holafly was founded in 2018 by Pedro, Ying Yan and Tomás. It starts from the need of its founders to have internet connection in their travel experiences in Peru, Thailand and Japan. Initially it started selling SIM cards for tourists in Spain, in 2020 it expands to France and Germany. As a whole, it starts selling international eSIM cards.

Where does Holafly work?

Holafly began operating in Spain in 2018. It is currently headquartered in Valencia, Spain.

Frequently asked questions about Holafly

Does Holafly have SIM or eSIM with coverage in Cuba?

No, this country has restrictions for tourist connectivity. Etecsa, the Cuban telephone company, offers SIM cards with data, which can only be purchased on arrival.

In how many countries does Holafly have coverage?

Holafly has coverage in more than 100 countries around the world, in addition to islands.

Is there a Holafly eSIM for cruise travel?

No, Holafly does not offer internet connection when traveling by sea. You may be able to connect on coasts where there is terrestrial network coverage.

Social networks and contact Holafly

  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/holafly/
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HolaFlying/
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/holafly_com
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/holafly_com/
  • Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/holafly
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