2 years ago I went half livaboard (6 months on boat and 6 months at home).
At that time I switched my mobile to a Ďglobalí SIM (sim4travel).
It works well for me. No incoming charges in Europe, most calls out at 25p min, and cost to people in the UK calling me, again 25p min.
However, Iíve just discovered a snag......I have opened an online bank account with Abbey. They have a security procedure I have never come across before. They have a system called One Time Passcode and the way it works is like this. When you want to make a payment, they instantly send a text passcode to your mobile phone. You then enter it online into the payment details you are setting up, and hey presto, the payment goes through.
Sounds like quite a good system...........except that they send the passcode by a system call Broadcast or Push Message. Apparently this is the system people use for sending spam texts....and yes, youíve guessed it, sim4travel do not accept this type of text.
So, the question is, does anyone know of any similarly priced Ďglobal SIMsí that do accept Push or Broadcast Messages?
Incidentally, one other problem if anyone is thinking of opening an online Abbey account, is that almost unbelievably, they donít support Internet Explorer 8, so you have to download Firefox! To find that out, you have to negotiate what must be one of the most frustrating call centres ever devised by man, and eventually, if you are really persistent and have the patience of a saint, you end up talking to a REAL PERSON, albeit in Delhi, who might finally give you the number of another call centre in Belfast who seem to know what they are talking about.
As you can gather from my tone, my experiences over the last few weeks have not made me an Abbey fan. Heaven knows what they will be like when they are fully controlled from Madrid!