Planning a trip to South Africa and how to avoid expensive roaming cost with the eSIM from Red Bull MOBILE

February 1, 2024

South Africa is the southernmost country in Africa with beautiful landscapes and amazing wildlife. If you are planning a trip there you might want to visit attractions like Table Mountain in Cape Town, the Drakensberg Mountains, and the Blyde River Canyon. 

Cape Town is the legislative capital of South Africa and is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. South Africa is also known for its wildlife, where you can visit game reserves like Kruger National Park to see lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinoceros.

In Johannesburg you can visit the Apartheid Museum, which provides a comprehensive and moving account of South Africa’s history during the apartheid era. There are lots of activities for adventure seekers, where they can indulge in activities like shark cage diving in Gansbaai, bungee jumping from Bloukrans Bridge, or hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains.

Due to its location, the wet season, its summer, occurs between October and March, the dry season, its winter, June through to August, while spring is September and Autumn April and May.

Before you travel to South Africa, you need to find out if you require a visa to enter the country. If you are traveling with a passport from the US, Canada, the UK and many EU countries, you do not need a visa to enter South Africa. To find out who needs a visa, what type of visa might be required, and what countries are exempt, click here for detailed information.

Now that you are planning your trip to South Africa, you may want to stay in touch with your family and friends, or you might need to stay connected on your business trip. But how do you avoid excessive roaming fees? Ever considered an eSIM (embedded SIM)? Download the RedBull Mobile Data App to avoid expensive fees. 

eSIMs also allow for more flexible mobile plans, as users can switch carriers or plans without needing to physically swap SIM cards. This can be especially useful for international travel, as users can switch to a local carrier or data plan without needing to purchase a new SIM card. 

Using eSIM offers several environmental benefits, as it reduces the need for physical SIM cards and associated materials (less waste), while also enabling more efficient management of mobile devices. Here are some of the key environmental advantages of eSIM:

Users can switch carriers without purchasing a new SIM card, which reduces the number of physical cards being manufactured and shipped. You can activate your eSIM from anywhere, without actually going to a provider or a store, thus reducing travel related emissions. By using eSIM, you not only save time and avoid the hassle of finding the right size, you also create less waste. Any time there was a change or update from a provider you had to replace the SIM card and therefore generated more waste. With eSIM, you can download the update or switch plans without purchasing an actual plastic card. There is no need to travel to an actual store, or order it online and then wait for the package to arrive, which is wrapped in more bulky, plastic packages.

With the use of eSIM you can roam around the world and avoid high roaming costs. You could purchase a physical SIM card in the country you are traveling to, but you need to find a location for a distributor. At the end of your trip you will most likely throw the SIM card away and generate more waste. 

eSIM offers you not only cost and environmental benefits. You can activate eSIM directly on your device without having to drive to a store or wait for a SIM card to be mailed. You no longer have to figure out the correct SIM card size or struggle to insert it into the device.

With the use of eSIM you no longer have to swap out multiple SIM cards if you want  to change plans. You can simply do that in your settings, directly on your device. 

With an eSIM from Red Bull MOBILE you will be covered in over 60 countries and never have to worry about running out of data.

How does an eSIM from Red Bull MOBILE work and how do you get it? 

First, check if your system is compatible with eSIM. 

Download the Red Bull MOBILE Data app to see if your device is eSim compatible. You can also check if your smartphone is supported by looking up the settings:

iOS devices: Go to Settings > Mobile Data or Cellular Data, if you have the Add Mobile Plan or Add Data Plan option, your iPhone supports eSIMs.

Supported devices include iPhone XS, XR and newer models

Android devices: Go to Settings > Connections > SIM card manager. If you have the “Add mobile plan” option, your smartphone supports eSIMs.

The majority of newer Android smartphones are supported including the Samsung Galaxy S20 or newer models, Google Pixel 3 or newer models, Huawei P40 and many more.

Once you have checked if your system is compatible you will then set up your eSIM.

Start the app and follow the instructions to set up an eSIM on your smartphone.

After your eSIM is set up you will select your destination and your bundle.

Choose the plan that suits you best and buy your eSIM card directly in the app. The first 100MB are completely free of charge!

When your plan is activated you can roam the world and surf like a local.

Your physical SIM will stay connected and your Red Bull MOBILE eSIM will too — they work simultaneously. You can select which of the two SIMs you want to use for data connectivity in your settings.

You can switch between different subscription profiles on your device by simply selecting the desired profile in the device’s settings. This change can be made without a physical SIM card swap.

This is a data-only plan, so there’s no need for a new phone number.

The eSIM from Red Bull MOBILE is very easy to use, but if you have questions or experience technical issues you can reach us by email or our 24 hour chat support. We’re here to help.

When you’ve used up 80% of your data, we’ll let you know — so you won’t get stuck without any data. You’ll get another notification once your data has finally run out.

Using eSIM with the Red Bull MOBILE Data App for roaming offers several advantages compared to traditional physical SIM cards. Data roaming has become much easier, more efficient and cost-effective with the use of eSIM. 

Download the app and activate your eSIM before you start your trip and have instant internet connection the moment you arrive in South Africa. This way you can send and post pictures of your amazing trip instantly and make phone calls via WhatsApp, Google Voice, Facebook Messenger and other apps. 

Get the eSIM for South Africa  

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