Here comes WhatSim – a SIM card for WhatsApp messaging
WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging services worldwide, recently it reported surpassing 700 million users. As WhatsApp is the most popular mode of communication these days, the popularity of the app has now led an Italian company to launch a new SIM called WhatSim, a SIM that lets you use the messaging service even on roaming without the need for Wi-Fi or data connection.
WhatSim connects WhatsApp in about 150 countries with more than 400 operators. The inventor of the Sim card is Manuel Zanella, who also happens to be the founder of Zeromobile and the first mover of wearable technology with his i’m Watch, the world’s first smartwatch.
WhatSim connects to more than 400 operators in about 150 countries. Anywhere in the world it connects to the provider with the best coverage and signal right where you are. If you change your position, it automatically searches for a new provider. If a better one is available, it connects to it by itself.
The WhatSim costs €10 that translates to approximately Rs 714. At this price, you can chat for free all over the world for a year. WhatSim has neither fixed costs nor monthly payments and it never expires, claims the company. You can pay € 5 for 1,000 credits. Text messages, location and contact sharing are free, while multimedia messages are priced based on zones. You can check WhatSim site to see under which zone your country falls into.
India is currently in Zone 3 and users will need 150 credits for photo, 600 credits for sharing video messages, 30 credits for voice messages. Contact and location shares don’t require credits. Each recharge of €5 gets users 1000 credits and recharges can go up to a maximum of €50 (10,000 credits). So if you want to share photos or videos in India, you will have to shell out some money. ZeroMobile or WhatSIM is not affiliated with WhatsApp.