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India: Best Tourist eSIMs Reviewed (2024)

Are you thinking of traveling to India soon and looking for the best travel eSIM?

Many eSIM providers are available nowadays, but not all are equal or good.

Some offer unlimited data, while others include a phone number for local, regional, or global use.

Some have blazing-fast speeds, while others have extended validity.

Whatever you need, there will be an eSIM for your liking.

In the case of India, I recommend one of these eSIM providers, which I have tested in numerous countries on multiple continents:

  • Airalo
  • Alosim
  • Holafly
  • Nomad
Airalo, Alosim, Holafly & Nomad Logos for eSIM Guides

What do they offer?

eSIMPackagesPricesDataPhone Number?5G NR?Discount Code(s)
Airalo64.50 USD – 40 USD1 GB for 7 days – 20 GB for 30 daysNoNoAIRALOMAY10 (10%) & NEWMAY15 (15%) 2
Alosim64.50 USD – 45 USD1 GB for 7 days – 20 GB for 30 daysYes (CA/US number) 1NoPTW (5%)
Holafly629 USD – 79 USDUnlimited for 5 days – unlimited for 90 daysNoNoPHONETRAVELWIZ (5%)
Nomad75 USD – 35 USD1 GB for 7 days – 20 GB for 45 daysNoNoADU123 (3 USD) 3

1 Alosim allows you to pick a Canadian (CA) or American (US) phone number through its sister app Hushed, giving you credits worth 30 minutes (within India or from India to anywhere else) or 50 texts (same conditions as calling)
2 if you have never purchased an Airalo eSIM, use code NEWMAY15 for 15% off. You can still get 10% off using code AIRALOMAY10 if you are an existing customer. Note each code has a redemption limit of 3000 (while the codes of Alosim and Holafly have no redemption limit)
3 if you have never purchased a Nomad eSIM, use code ADU123 for 3 USD off. On Tuesdays, use NOMADTUE for 10% off on plans of 10 GB or higher

India Indicomm eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
Alosim Taiwan eSIM
© Alosim

Do any of these providers offer regional, Asian, or even APAC (Asia-Pacific) eSIMs? Yes!

eSIMRegional eSIMs?CountriesPhone Number?
AiraloYes (Asialink)18No
NomadYes (Asia, APAC & a sub-regional one)Up to 21No
Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

What about eSIMs global eSIMs exist? Of course!

eSIMGlobal eSIMs?CountriesPhone Number?
AiraloYes (Discover(+))120+Yes (Discover+ only)
AlosimNoN/AN/A
HolaflyNoN/AN/A
NomadYes (Global 109/136)109 & 136No

The discount codes I highlighted earlier can also be redeemed for any regional or global eSIM.

Airalo Discover eSIM
© Airalo
Airalo Discover+ eSIM
© Airalo

Now that we have an overview of our options let's go through each and find out about their benefits.

But if you already have an eSIM provider in mind, just click on the links next to jump to the respective sections: Airalo, Alosim, Holafly & Nomad.

Buying an eSIM for India Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Discover+, Indicomm, Alosim & Airalo)

Original publication: 2nd of March 2023. Last updated: 6th of May 2024.


Table of Contents

Airalo India eSIMs

Airalo Logo
© Airalo

Airalo has three kinds of eSIMs that can be used in India: Indicomm, Asialink & Discover(+).

Below is a quick overview:

eSIMCoveragePackagesPricesData5G NR in India?
IndicommIndia only64.50 USD – 40 USD1 GB for 7 days – 20 GB for 30 daysNo
AsialinkIndia & 13 17 Asian countries (expanded)65 USD – 185 USD1 GB for 7 days – 100 GB for 180 days (half a year)No
Discover(+)India & 120+ countries globally12 (6 for Discover & 6 for Discover+)9/15 USD – 69/89 USD 11 GB for 7 days – 20 GB for 365 days (1 year)No

1 9 USD and 69 USD apply to the Discover eSIM. Discover+ eSIM costs between 15 USD and 89 USD

Airalo eSIMs for India Details Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz

Remember to use code NEWMAY15 for 15% off if you have never purchased an Airalo eSIM before OR code AIRALOMAY10 for 10% off if you are an existing Airalo user (valid until the 31st of March – only the first 3000 users can redeem either discount code).

If you already have an eSIM variant in mind, click on the links next to jump to the respective sections: Indicomm, Asialink & Discover(+).

India Indicomm eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
Airalo Discover+ eSIM
© Airalo

Airalo was the first eSIM store launched in 2019.

It is also the largest eSIM provider, covering more than 200 countries and territories.

Airalo All Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version)
2023 version

The first eSIM I ever tested was one from Airalo (in the Netherlands).

This is why I have tested Airalo eSIMs in more countries than other providers.

Airalo gives each country's eSIM a unique name that is often related to said nation.

Airalo Indicomm (India) eSIM

Airalo's India eSIM is called Indicomm.

India Indicomm eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

As highlighted in the table earlier, there are six India Indicomm eSIM variants:

  1. India/Indicomm 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 4.50 USD
  2. India/Indicomm 2 GB eSIM for 15 days, costing 8 USD
  3. India/Indicomm 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 10.50 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  4. India/Indicomm 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 15 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  5. India/Indicomm 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 25 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  6. India/Indicomm 20 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 40 USD

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only). The (promotional) prices were updated on the 20th of April.

Airalo India Indicomm eSIM Price & Data Details Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.

With the Airalo Indicomm eSIM, you can use the Jio India network.

Airalo India Indicomm eSIM Supported Networks in India Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz

In my India SIM card buying guide, I tell you more about which Indian mobile operator is/are the best in coverage or speed so you can manually select the network that would suit your needs.

Buying a SIM Card in India Guide (logos of Jio, VI & Airtel)

Airalo Asialink eSIM

Next, we have the Airalo Asialink eSIM to be used in India and 13 17 other Asian countries.

Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

After Airalo updated its Asia regional eSIM from China Unicom (which was terrible) to Asialink, it could be used in 14 Asian countries for the longest.

Asia Unicom eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The old “Asia” eSIM was terrible. The eSIM only gave you 4 GB of high-speed data before you would be dealing with throttled speeds (@ 256 Kbps if I recall correctly), and the validity was up to 14 days. It was not practical when you visited multiple countries in Asia!

Although the word Asia was doing some heavy lifting, the Asialink eSIM could only be used in East- and Southeast Asian countries.

In 2024, it finally got a solid update.

Not only have four South Asian countries been added (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan & Sri Lanka), but you can also use 5G NR in more than half of the supported 18 countries (the eSIM was previously restricted to 4G/LTE only).

This is because Airalo switched partners (Singtel from Singapore to JoyTelecom/CSL Mobile Hong Kong).

So, the results I got with various Asialink eSIMs prior to 2024 are inaccurate now (as they were Singtel Asialink eSIMs) 🫠.

Ah well, this gives me a reason to revisit all these exciting East- and Southeast Asian countries again 😎.

You have these six Asialink options to choose from:

  1. Asia/Asialink 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 5 USD
  2. Asia/Asialink 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 13 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  3. Asia/Asialink 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 20 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  4. Asia/Asialink 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 37 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  5. Asia/Asialink 50 GB eSIM for 90 days, costing 100 USD
  6. Asia/Asialink 100 GB eSIM for 180 days, costing 185 USD

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only). The (promotional) prices were updated on the 20th of April.

Airalo Asia Asialink eSIM Price & Data Details Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.

You can use the India Mobile network with the Vodafone Idea India eSIM (without 5G NR access).

Airalo India Indicomm eSIM Supported Networks in India Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz

In my ongoing Airalo Asialink review, I tell you all the 18 countries where the eSIM can be used.

Airalo Asialink eSIM Review by Phone Travel Wiz

But you can also use the map below as a reference.

Airalo Asialink Asia eSIM Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version)
2023 version

Airalo Discover(+) eSIM

Lastly, we have the Airalo's global Discover and Discover+ eSIMs.

Airalo Discover eSIM
© Airalo
Airalo Discover+ eSIM
© Airalo

These eSIMs can be used in India and 120+ other countries on each continent.

Previously, Airalo's Discover Global eSIM was kind of… meh.

Discover Global eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

I have had a decent experience with that eSIM, but I felt it could improve.

The new Discover(+) eSIMs have a maximum validity of 365 days (instead of 180) and can use 5G NR in most destinations.

Moreover, the + variant gives you an Austrian (+43) phone number.

As a result, the Discover+ eSIM can be up to 20 USD more expensive than the Discover eSIM, but the benefits are worth it, in my opinion (I have the + variant installed on my phone).

These Airalo Discover(+) eSIMs are available:

  1. Discover 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 9 USD
  2. Discover+ 1 GB (with 10 minutes and 10 SMS) eSIM for 7 days, costing 15 USD
  3. Discover 2 GB eSIM for 15 days, costing 17 USD
  4. Discover+ 2 GB (with 20 minutes and 20 SMS) eSIM for 15 days, costing 27 USD
  5. Discover 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 24 USD
  6. Discover+ 3 GB (with 30 minutes and 30 SMS) eSIM for 30 days, costing 36 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  7. Discover 5 GB eSIM for 60 days, costing 35 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  8. Discover+ 5 GB (with 50 minutes and 50 SMS) eSIM for 60 days, costing 50 USD
  9. Discover 10 GB eSIM for 180 days, costing 59 USD
  10. Discover+ 10 GB (with 100 minutes and 100 SMS) eSIM for 180 days, costing 79 USD
  11. Discover 20 GB eSIM for 365 days, costing 69 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  12. Discover+ 20 GB (with 200 minutes and 200 SMS) eSIM for 365 days, costing 89 USD

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only). The (promotional) prices were updated on the 20th of April.

Airalo Global Discover eSIM Price & Data Details Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.

The Discover(+) eSIM can use the Airtel India, Jio India & Vodafone Idea India (all without 5G NR access).

Airalo Global Discover eSIM Supported Networks in India Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz

For an entire list of countries where the eSIM can be used, you should check out my ongoing Airalo Discover+ eSIM review.

Airalo Discover+ eSIM Review by Phone Travel Wiz

Although the map below may be helpful if you know your world map well.

Airalo Discover Global eSIM Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version)

In every country I visit where I test country-specific Airalo eSIMs, I also try out its Discover+ eSIM (if it can be used there).

So you better check it out now and then to see if I wrote about the country/countries you plan to visit and read about the eSIM's performance in said country, as it is not always perfect.

Before Airalo updated its global eSIM, I used the old version (Discover Global) in 15+ countries. From August 2023, I will only test the Discover+ eSIM. This is why some country-specific reviews (like Japan) still refer to Discover Global and show the old eSIM image instead of Discover+.

Airalo Discover Global eSIM in Japan Review by Phone Travel Wiz

Airalo eSIMs for India Summarized

To summarize, these are the characteristics of each Airalo eSIM covered in this section:

  • Indicomm:
    • can be used in India only
    • is priced between 4.50 USD and 40 USD
    • has six variants (1 GB for 7 days – 20 GB for 30 days)
    • has no 5G NR access
    • has no phone number
  • Asialink:
    • can be used in India and 13 17 other Asian countries (expanded)
    • is priced between 5 USD and 185 USD
    • has six variants (1 GB for 7 days – 100 GB for 180 days)
    • has no 5G NR access
    • has no phone number
  • Discover:
    • can be used in India and 120+ countries worldwide
    • is priced between 9 USD and 69 USD
    • has six variants (1 GB for 7 days – 20 GB for 365 days)
    • has no 5G NR access
    • has no phone number
  • Discover+:
    • can be used in India and 120+ countries worldwide
    • is priced between 15 USD and 89 USD
    • has six variants (1 GB for 7 days – 20 GB for 365 days)
    • has no 5G NR access
    • includes an Austrian phone number
      • offers up 200 international minutes and 200 international SMS (to any country worldwide, including those the eSIM cannot be used in)
Airalo eSIMs for India Summary Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz

Alosim india eSIM

Alosim Logo
© Alosim

Alosim has only one eSIM that can be used in India: India.

Below is a quick overview:

eSIMCoveragePackagesPrices5G NR in India?Phone Number?
IndiaIndia only64.50 USD – 45 USDNoYes
Alosim eSIMs for India Details Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz

Remember that you can use code PTW for 5% off any Alosim purchase (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want).

Alosim Taiwan eSIM
© Alosim

Alosim is backed by AffinityClick, which is known for the Hushed app.

AffinityClick Logo
© AffinityClick

That app with the tagline “Temporary & Second Phone Number App for Wifi, Data Calling & Texting” has over 8 million downloads.

Hushed Screenshot

It took a while, but AffinityClick finally bundled its product, which is a big deal.

Why? With any Alosim eSIM purchase, you will get a Hushed redemption code, giving you up to 30 international minutes or 50 international SMS.

You get a free +1 (American or Canadian) phone number from one of the more than 300 supported area codes.

While it would be fantastic to get an Indian phone number instead, it is impossible to get one for the time being due to local regulations.

Either way, Alosim is the only eSIM provider that gives you a phone number for each eSIM purchase.

And it has eSIMs for over 170 countries, including India.

Alosim All Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version)
2023 version

Alosim India eSIM

For India, you have the following six choices:

Alosim Taiwan eSIM
© Alosim
  1. India 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 4.50 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  2. India 2 GB eSIM for 15 days, costing 8 USD
  3. India 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 10.50 USD
  4. India 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 15 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  5. India 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 25 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  6. India 20 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 45 USD

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only). The (promotional) prices were updated on the 20th of April.

Alosim India eSIM Price & Data Details Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.

Alosim's India eSIM gives you access to the Jio (4G) network.

Alosim India eSIM Supported Networks in India Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz

For more information on how Indian mobile operators perform, check out my India SIM card buying guide, where I discuss the performance of each SIM card (in terms of coverage and speed).

Buying a SIM Card in India Guide (logos of Jio, VI & Airtel)

Alosim eSIMs for India Summarized

To summarize, these are the characteristics of each Alosim eSIM covered in this section:

  • India:
    • is priced between 4.50 USD and 45 USD
    • has six variants (1 GB for 7 days – 20 GB for 30 days)
    • has no 5G NR access
    • includes a free +1 (American or Canadian) phone number through Hushed
      • allows for up to 30 international calls and/or 30 international SMS (within India or from India to any other country)
Alosim eSIMs for India Summary Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz

Holafly India eSIM

Holafly Logo
© Holafly

Holafly has only one eSIM that can be used in India: India.

Below is a quick overview:

eSIMCoveragePackagesPrices5G NR in India?Phone Number?
IndiaIndia only629 USD – 79 USDNoNo
Holafly eSIMs for India Details Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz

Remember that you can use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for 5% off any Holafly purchase (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want).

Holafly made a name for itself by introducing unlimited data plans in June 2022, which was uncommon back then.

Now, it has eSIMs for more than 160 countries.

Holafly All Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version)
2023 version

And more than 100 of them have unlimited data plans.

Holafly Unlimited Data eSIM Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version)
2023 version

Holafly India eSIM

India is lucky enough to have unlimited data eSIMs, and you have six options:

  1. India unlimited data eSIM for 5 days, costing 29 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  2. India unlimited data eSIM for 7 days, costing 37 USD
  3. India unlimited data eSIM for 10 days, costing 44 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  4. India unlimited data eSIM for 15 days, costing 47 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  5. India unlimited data eSIM for 20 days, costing 59 USD
  6. India unlimited data eSIM for 30 days, costing 79 USD

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only). The (promotional) prices were updated on the 20th of April.

Holafly India eSIM Price & Data Details Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.

Be aware that as of mid-2023, Holafly eSIMs with unlimited data plans (excluding European ones) are speed-restricted to 18 Mbps (the speeds are even slower in some countries).

While 18 Mbps is not exactly a snail's speed, much faster speeds are available for lower prices with other eSIM providers mentioned in this guide.

Anyway, with this eSIM, you can use the Airtel India network.

Holafly eSIMs for India Summarized

To summarize, these are the characteristics of each Holafly eSIM covered in this section:

  • India:
    • is priced between 29 USD and 79 USD
    • has six variants (unlimited for 5 days – unlimited for 30 days)
    • has no 5G NR access
    • has no phone number
Holafly eSIMs for India Summary Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz

Nomad India eSIMs

Nomad eSIMs Logo
© Nomad

Nomad has three kinds of eSIMs that can be used in India: India, APAC (Asia-Pacific) & Global.

Below is a quick overview:

eSIMCoveragePackagesPrices5G NR in India?
IndiaIndia only75 USD – 35 USDNo
APACIndia & 19/20 Asia-Pacific countries12 (6 for 20 countries & 6 for 21 countries)8 USD/7 USD – 65/48 USD 1Yes 3
GlobalIndia & 108/135 other countries6 (3 for 109 countries & 3 for 136 countries)25/19 USD – 45/57 USD 2No
Nomad eSIMs for India Details Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz

1 8 USD and 65 USD apply to the 20 Countries Plan. 21 Countries Plan eSIMs costs between 7 USD and 48 USD
2 25 USD and 45 USD apply to the 109 Countries Plan. 136 Countries Plan eSIMs costs between 19 USD and 57 USD
3 5G NR access is available for the 20 Countries Plan eSIMs only

Nomad is an eSIM provider covering over 160 countries.

Nomad All Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version)
2023 version

It also has the strongest presence in Asia in terms of number of packages for country-specific countries and (sub-)regional eSIMs.

And very generous data plans are available (up to 50 GB).

Unlike many eSIM providers that refer to Asia as several East- and Southeast Asian countries, Nomad has eSIMs covering those regions + Oceania and South Asia.

Nomad India eSIM

For India, you have these seven choices:

  1. India 1 GB eSIM for 7 days (JoyTelecom), costing 5 USD
  2. India 1 GB eSIM for 7 days (Singtel), costing 6 USD
  3. India 3 GB eSIM for 30 days (Singtel), costing 12 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  4. India 5 GB eSIM for 30 days (Singtel), costing 15 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  5. India 10 GB eSIM for 30 days (Singtel), costing 26 USD
  6. India 15 GB eSIM for 30 days (Singtel), costing 30 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  7. India 20 GB eSIM for 30 days (Singtel), costing 35 USD

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only). The (promotional) prices were updated on the 20th of April.

If an eSIM is powered by JoyTelecom, you can use 5G NR or some or all supported Indian mobile networks. If the eSIM is powered by Global1SIM, Nomad Black (Tele2 Sweden), Singtel, or Truphone (rebranded to 1Global) instead, you will be restricted to 4G/LTE.

Because these providers are different, you can access different Indian mobile networks depending on who powers them.

The best way to find out is by pressing See Details on the Nomad India eSIM product page.

Nomad India eSIM Price & Data Details Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.

My India SIM card buying guide will inform you which network(s) is/are the best regarding coverage and speed.

Buying a SIM Card in India Guide (logos of Jio, VI & Airtel)

Nomad APAC eSIM

The Nomad APAC eSIM can be used in 20 or 21 countries in the Asia-Pacific (Oceania) region, depending on the variant.

The APAC eSIM has the 20 Countries Plan (JoyTelecom) and the 21 Countries Plan (Singtel).

JoyTelecom-powered eSIMs have up to 5G NR access in all supported countries (except for Laos, where you are restricted to 3G) and have a maximum validity of 60 days (30 GB).

Meanwhile, Singtel-powered eSIMs (previously Truphone) have 4G/LTE access in all supported countries (even Laos), and they have a maximum validity of 45 days (20 GB).

Because of the partner switch, most eSIMs under the 21 Countries Plan have seen price reductions.

Below is a price list of all the Nomad APAC eSIMs:

  1. APAC 1 GB eSIM for 7 days (20 Countries Plan), costing 8 USD
  2. APAC 1 GB eSIM for 7 days (21 Countries Plan), costing 10 7 USD (price dropped)
  3. APAC 3 GB eSIM for 15 days (20 Countries Plan), costing 13 USD
  4. APAC 3 GB eSIM for 30 days (21 Countries Plan), costing 17 14 USD (price dropped)
  5. APAC 5 GB eSIM for 30 days (20 Countries Plan), costing 23 17 USD (price dropped) – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  6. APAC 5 GB eSIM for 30 days (21 Countries Plan), costing 19 USD
  7. APAC 10 GB eSIM for 30 days (20 Countries Plan), costing 28 23 USD (on sale) – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  8. APAC 10 GB eSIM for 30 days (21 Countries Plan), costing 37 31 USD (price dropped)
  9. APAC 15 GB eSIM for 30 days (21 Countries Plan), costing 37 USD
  10. APAC 20 GB eSIM for 45 days (20 Countries Plan), costing 38 29 USD (on sale) – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  11. APAC 20 GB eSIM for 45 days (21 Countries Plan), costing 62 48 USD (price dropped)
  12. APAC 30 GB eSIM for 60 days (20 Countries Plan), costing 65 USD

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only). The (promotional) prices were updated on the 20th of April.

Nomad APAC eSIM Price & Data Details Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in this image may be outdated.

Below is a country overview of the 20 Countries Plan and 21 Countries Plan eSIMs:

20 Countries (JoyTelecom/5G):

  • Australia
  • Bangladesh (new)
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • India (new)
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Laos (3G only)
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan (new)
  • Philippines
  • Singapore (unique)
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka (new)
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

21 Countries (Singtel/4G):

  • Australia
  • Bangladesh (new)
  • Brunei (unique)
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • India (new)
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Nepal (unique)
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan (new)
  • Philippines
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka (new)
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

I have tested the Nomad APAC eSIM in various countries already (even when it was powered by providers that are not used anymore).

You can learn about my experiences in my ongoing Nomad APAC eSIM review.

Nomad APAC eSIM Review by Phone Travel Wiz

Nomad Global eSIM

At last, we have the Nomad Global eSIM.

Depending on your chosen variant, the eSIM can be used in 109 or 136 countries.

Truphone (rebranded to 1Global) powers the 109 Countries Plan, giving you up to 4G/LTE access.

Meanwhile, the 136 Countries Plan is powered by eSIM Go, giving you 5G NR access in about half of the supported countries.

Each plan has three eSIMs: 1 GB for 7 days, 3 GB for 30 days & 5 GB for 30 days.

Below is a price list of all the Nomad Global eSIMs:

  1. Global 1 GB eSIM for 7 days (109 Countries), costing 25 USD
  2. Global 1 GB eSIM for 7 days (136 Countries), costing 19 USD
  3. Global 3 GB eSIM for 30 days (109 Countries), costing 40 USD
  4. Global 3 GB eSIM for 30 days (136 Countries), costing 40 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  5. Global 5 GB eSIM for 30 days (109 Countries), costing 45 USD
  6. Global 5 GB eSIM for 30 days (136 Countries), costing 57 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in December based on data up to the 30th of December (2023 data only). The (promotional) prices were updated on the 20th of April.

Nomad Global eSIM Price & Data Details Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz
See the list above for up-to-date prices and allowances. The figures in these images may be outdated.

Because I have no ongoing review for this eSIM (its short validity makes it challenging to be a proper global eSIM), you can use the Nomad Global product page or the map below to find all supported countries.

Nomad Global eSIM Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version).png
2023 version

Nomad eSIMs for India Summarized

To summarize, these are the characteristics of each Nomad eSIM covered in this section:

  • India:
    • is priced between 5 USD and 35 USD
    • has seven variants (1 GB for 7 days – 20 GB for 45 days)
    • has no 5G NR access
    • has no phone number
  • APAC:
    • can be used in India and 19/20 other Asia-Pacific countries
      • 20 Countries Plan (powered by JoyTelecom/CSL Mobile Hong Kong)
      • 21 Countries Plan (powered by Singtel Singapore)
    • is priced between 7 USD and 65 USD
      • 20 Countries Plan: 8 USD – 65 USD
      • 21 Countries Plan: 7 USD – 48 USD
    • has 12 variants (1 GB for 7 days – 30 GB for 30 days)
      • 20 Countries Plan: six options between 1 GB for 7 days and 30 GB for 60 days
      • 21 Countries Plan: six options between 1 GB for 7 days and 20 GB for 45 days
    • has 5G NR access on select supported networks in India (and numerous other countries)
      • 20 Countries Plan: 5G NR access on select supported networks in India (and numerous other countries)
      • 21 Countries Plan: no 5G NR access
    • has no phone number
  • Global:
    • can be used in India and 108/135 other countries globally
      • 109 Countries Plan (powered by Truephone/1Global)
      • 136 Countries Plan (powered by eSIM Go)
    • is priced between 19 USD and 57 USD
      • 109 Countries Plan: 25 USD – 45 USD
      • 136 Countries Plan: 19 USD – 57 USD
    • has six variants (1 GB for 7 days – 5 GB for 30 days)
      • 109 Countries Plan: 1 GB for 7 days, 3 GB for 30 days & 5 GB for 30 days
      • 136 Countries Plan: 1 GB for 7 days, 3 GB for 30 days & 5 GB for 30 days
    • has no 5G NR access
      • 109 Countries Plan: no 5G NR access
      • 136 Countries Plan: no 5G NR access
    • has no phone number
Nomad eSIMs for India Summary Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz

Overview of the Best eSIMs for India

That was a lot of info we went over, so let's try to summarize everything.

India-only eSIMs:

  • Cheapest 3 GB India eSIM: Airalo & Alosim (10.50 USD)
  • Cheapest 5 GB India eSIM: Airalo, Alosim & Nomad (15 USD)
  • Cheapest 10 GB India eSIM: Airalo & Alosim (25 USD)
  • Provider with unlimited data plans for India: Holafly
  • India eSIM with the longest validity: Nomad (45 days)
  • India eSIM with 5G NR: N/A
  • India eSIM with phone numbers: Alosim (American/Canadian)

Asia/APAC eSIMs covering India:

  • Cheapest 3 GB Asia/APAC eSIM: Nomad (13 USD)
  • Cheapest 5 GB Asia/APAC eSIM: Nomad (17 USD)
  • Cheapest 10 GB Asia/APAC eSIM: Nomad (28 23 USD)
  • Provider with unlimited data plans for India and Asia: N/A
  • Asia/APAC eSIM with the longest validity: Airalo (180 days)
  • Asia/APAC eSIM with 5G NR in India: Nomad (APAC 20 Countries Plan)
  • Asia/APAC eSIM with phone numbers: N/A

Regarding global eSIMs, Airalo's Discover(+) eSIM is cheaper, has more generous data allowances & longer validity than Nomad's Global eSIM (and includes a phone number for the + variant).

However, Nomad's eSIM has better coverage (135+ instead of 120+ countries).

Do not forget to use one of these discount codes for extra savings:

  • Airalo: NEWMAY15 for 15% off if you have never purchased an Airalo eSIM. If you have, use AIRALOMAY10 for 10% off (each code can be used 3000 times among all Airalo customers, so better redeem it quickly!
  • Alosim: PTW for 5% off (the code can be used by anyone, including existing customers, as many times as you wish – no redemption limit)
  • Holafly: PHONETRAVELWIZ for 5% off (the code can be used by anyone, including existing customers, as many times as you wish – no redemption limit)
  • Nomad: ADU123 for 3 USD (or your currency's equivalent) if you have never purchased a Nomad eSIM

Enjoy India (and neighboring countries)!