Ibon Mobile Review: A SIM Card on Taiwan’s Fastest Network?

5.0 rating

In Taiwan, there are several operators that offer prepaid services to tourists and travelers. You have six options, of which Ibon Mobile (統一超商電信) is one of.

Ibon Mobile is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) by 7-Eleven Taiwan using the Far EasTone network (FET – 遠傳).

Ibon Mobile SIM Card

The thing is, Far EasTone may secretly be the fastest operator in Taiwan. I can already tell you that Ibon Mobile can achieve the same fast steeds as Far EasTone can (normally, the main operators, like Far EasTone throttle the speeds of MVNOs on their network – that is not the case with Ibon Mobile).

The question is whether you should go with Ibon Mobile, Far EasTone themselves, or go with another Taiwanese operator. I can tell you that Ibon Mobile may be the most challenging SIM card to find as a tourist.

In this review, I will go over everything you need to know about Ibon Mobile. Some of the results will surprise you.

Ibon Mobile review by Adu from Phone Travel Wiz

What Is Ibon Mobile?

Ibon Mobile Logo

First, I have to explain what Ibon Mobile actually is.

As mentioned in the introduction, Ibon Mobile is the mobile brand by the convenience store chain 7-Eleven Taiwan. Ibon Mobile uses the Far EasTone network as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) to offer their services.

As a quick reminder, MVNOs are virtual operators that do not have their own antennas. Instead, they use the networks of MNOs (Mobile Network Operators), which I refer to as Main Operators. The MNO (Main Operator), in this case, is Far EasTone.

Normally, MVNOs are entirely virtual, meaning that they do not have any physical stores. This, in combination with not having to set up and maintain antennas, they can often offer lower rates than the Main Operators themselves.

However, MVNOs usually get deprioritized on the Main Operator’s network, depending on the agreement the MVNO has with the Main Operator.

Sometimes, MVNOs get access to a completely different network, which has worse coverage than the main network, slower speeds, and outdated telecommunications quality (3G-only vs. 4G/LTE, for example).

Ibon Mobile vs. Far EasTone – Which One Should You Pick?

Ibon Mobile & Far EasTone SIM Cards

Now that I have explained what an MVNO is and its pros and cons, you may be wondering whether you should go with Ibon Mobile or Far EasTone itself.

In this case, it depends on which type of perks you are interested in. Both Ibon Mobile and Far EasTone offer attractive and relatively affordable prepaid packages.

In regards to the coverage and speed difference between Ibon Mobile and Far EasTone, there is none. You will get access to the full Far EasTone network with Ibon Mobile. Moreover, your speeds will not be throttled when having an Ibon Mobile SIM card compared to having a Far EasTone SIM card.

In fact, I managed to get the fastest speed test result in Taiwan with Ibon Mobile instead of Far EasTone or any other Taiwanese operator (which is, at the time of writing, the highest speed test result I have recorded on 4G/LTE ever).

Be aware that Far EasTone launched its commercial 5G offering starting from July 2020. Ibon Mobile will not get access to Far EasTone’s 5G NR network anytime soon.

Ibon Mobile Frequencies

This is the part of the review most readers skip because it is the most tedious part. However, this is the most important thing to know when buying a local prepaid SIM card in other countries.

If your phone does not support the frequencies the operator (or country or entire continent) offers, then you cannot take (full) advantage of their network or will not be able to use your phone at all, depending on the frequencies your phone supports.

As Ibon Mobile uses the Far EasTone network, we have to take a look at Far EasTone's frequencies:

  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2100 MHz (Band 1) 2600 MHz (Band 7 & Band 38)
  • 5G NR: 3.5 GHz (n78) & 28 GHz (n260)

Note: Far EasTone’s 5G NR network is not available to Ibon Mobile customers. Moreover, it is still being actively rolled out at this time.

To learn whether your device supports these frequencies or not, go to this site to find out.

As always, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator.

You may be wondering why I did not mention Far EasTone's 2G and 3G frequencies. That is because Far EasTone does not offer 2G nor 3G services anymore.

All Taiwanese Main Operators shut down their 2G coverage in 2017 (in response to the Taiwanese authorities). In 2018, the licenses for their the 3G frequencies expired. Chunghwa Telecom seems to be the only operator that still has 3G plans and having a 3G network.

Chunghwa Telecom 3G Signal in 2020
My Airbnb host still has access to Chunghwa Telecom's 3G network because he is on an old 3G plan and does not want to upgrade for some reason (Chunghwa called him many times).

Far EasTone, however, reframed its only 3G UMTS/WCDMA frequency (2100 on Band 1) to 4G/LTE at the end of 2018, meaning that you need a 4G/LTE capable phone to use the Far EasTone network, which applies to Ibon Mobile customers too.

Okay, the boring/technical part is over. Well, almost. We have to talk about coverage first (worry not, it is not as technical as the frequencies part – it will mainly be maps).

Ibon Mobile Coverage

As Ibon Mobile uses the Far EasTone network, we have to look at Far EasTone’s coverage maps. Remember, Ibon Mobile has full access to Far EasTone’s network, so there is no difference in coverage access between Ibon Mobile and Far EasTone.

Before I show you the coverage maps, I have to remind you that Taiwan is literally an island with smaller islands. This means that there are several mountains scattered across the country.

All Taiwanese Main Operators have good to great coverage in populated areas (they all seem to cover at least 90% of the population). Even villages and townships around the coasts will have good coverage (although your speeds may be slower than your larger cities, like Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung, and Tainan).

If you are planning on visiting popular national parks in the mountains, like Taroko National Park, then you can expect coverage there as well (with slower speeds).

If you are going off the beaten track in the mountains, expect no coverage at all (or you may want to consider going with Chunghwa Telecom because they have the best coverage throughout Taiwan, including the mountains, but it is still limited in the mountains, but better than all its competitors).

Alright, let’s take a look at Ibon Mobile’s/Far EasTone’s coverage map:

Far EasTone/Ibon Mobile Coverage Map

As mentioned before, coverage in urban areas and around the coasts is good. Even smaller islands of Taiwan are covered, including the Matsu Islands (馬祖列島), but your speeds will be slower there than on mainland Taiwan.

Far EasTone/Ibon Mobile Coverage Map

Below is a legend of the colors used for the coverage map.

Far EasTone/Ibon Mobile Coverage Map Legend (in Chinese)

Even those who cannot read Chinese, like myself, can understand the speed range in the lowest row. However, the other rows and columns are incomprehensible to those who cannot read traditional Chinese.

Luckily, translation services exist. Below is the translated legend.

Far EasTone/Ibon Mobile Coverage Map Legend (in English)
Far EasTone/Ibon Mobile Coverage Map Legend (in English)

You may have noticed that I stated that all Taiwanese Main Operators cover at least 90% of the population instead of Taiwan earlier. That is because operators around use that term when referring to their nationwide coverage.

Based on the maps shown earlier, you could say that about 50%-70% of Taiwan is covered by the operators because of the mountains in central Taiwan. Population coverage is different from land coverage.

It would not be impressive for any Taiwanese operator to say that they cover 50%-70% of Taiwan. 90%+ coverage, however, sounds more enticing.

Worry not, most Taiwanese residents do not live where the operators have no antennas. Moreover,  it is a common practice among operators around the world to state the mobile population coverage percentage instead of land coverage percentage, so Far EasTone is not trying to deceive you.

How to Buy an Ibon Mobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price

Ibon Mobile SIM cards are sold for 350 NTD in 7-Eleven stores across Taiwan. The starter kit will come with either unlimited data for 5 days (120 hours), free on-net minutes, and 50 NTD in credit for 5 days, or 1.2 GB for 60 days, free on-net minutes, and 100 NTD in credit depending on which plan you prefer.

Note: make sure to bring two forms of identification with you when heading to a 7-Eleven. Bringing your passport is a must (or ARPC). If you have a Visa in your passport, that will count as the second form of identification. The same counts for entry/exit permits or Visa-exempt stamps. Otherwise, your national ID or driver’s license will suffice (as long as it has a photo on it).

There are more than 5400 7-Eleven stores throughout Taiwan. It is not uncommon to find multiple 7-Elevens on one street or road (especially if it is a long road like in the larger cities). You could easily pass more than 10 7-Elevens on one street in Taipei, for example.

However, this does not mean that you can buy an Ibon Mobile SIM card in all these 7-Elevens. In fact, it can be a challenge to find an Ibon Mobile SIM card.

Ibon Mobile SIM Card

I had to go to around 10 different 7-Elevens to get my hands on an Ibon Mobile SIM card. Some 7-Elevens do not sell Ibon Mobile SIM cards at all, while others only sell postpaid Ibon Mobile SIM cards.

I later learned that it is possible to check which stores have Ibon Mobile SIM cards in stock online. However, this page is in Chinese only (but I have photo-instructions on how to navigate that page later).  

When visiting a 7-Eleven to buy an Ibon Mobile SIM card, you have to ask the 7-Eleven salesperson whether they sell Ibon Mobile prepaid SIM cards because they are not displayed at the counter (unlike gift cards).

Ibon Mobile SIM Card

The level of English throughout Taiwan is relatively low, like most of East Asia. People in Taiwan will either not speak English or little English, which is why the Taiwanese government is planning on making Taiwan bilingual by 2030. For now, I recommend downloading a Chinese (traditional characters) language pack on Google Translate to communicate with salespeople in Taiwan. It works well – I have done it for more than half a year.

The 7-Eleven salesperson will either straight up tell you that they do not sell Ibon Mobile SIM cards, they will tell you that they do sell Ibon Mobile SIM cards but only the postpaid version (gold), or that they do sell Ibon Mobile SIM cards and will deal with you later when it is less busy. More about that later.

In most cases, the 7-Eleven salesperson that does not speak English will try to get you someone who does speak (some) English to help you out. They may inform you that they only have Ibon Mobile SIM cards that are solely available to Taiwanese nationals/residents, or take you aside and go to the Ibon Machine (it is the machine that looks like an ATM when you walk into a 7-Eleven) and go through the registration process.

Ibon Machine in 7-Elevens

If, for some reason, none of the salespeople speak English and show you an Ibon Mobile starter kit that is gold and give you sad looks, that means that they only have the postpaid version of Ibon Mobile, which they cannot sell to you if you are a tourist.

Ibon Mobile Postpaid SIM Card
The Ibon Mobile postpaid starter pack is gold, unlike the prepaid version, which is gray/silver.

It is also possible to apply for an Ibon Mobile SIM card online (with an English application form). However, you would still have to deal with the fact that you may have to hunt for a 7-Eleven that has Ibon Mobile SIM cards in stock. But it is possible to use the store locator to see which 7-Eleven store has Ibon Mobile SIM cards in stock.

How to See Which 7-Eleven Stores sell Ibon Mobile Prepaid SIM Cards online

As I mentioned earlier, I went to about 10 different 7-Elevens in Tainan to find a 7-Eleven that has Ibon Mobile prepaid SIM cards in stock (one sold only the postpaid version, which is when I learned that a postpaid version of Ibon Mobile existed).

While writing this review, I learned that it is possible to see which exact 7-Eleven store in your neighborhood has the prepaid version of Ibon Mobile in stock. The issue, however, is that the page is in Chinese only.

Below are the steps, with photos, to find the closest 7-Eleven that has prepaid Ibon Mobile SIM cards available for purchase:

1. Go to the Recommended Store Query Page (推薦門市查詢)

Ibon Mobile SIM Card Availability Store Locator Tool

2. Set the filter to Prepaid (預付型) under Service Type (服務種類)

Ibon Mobile SIM Card Availability Store Locator Tool
Ibon Mobile SIM Card Availability Store Locator Tool

3. Select your County or Capital City under Countries (縣市)

Ibon Mobile SIM Card Availability Store Locator Tool
Ibon Mobile SIM Card Availability Store Locator Tool

Tip: Use Google Maps and Google Translate to get the Chinese names of your county, city, district, or township.

Using Google Maps & Google Translate to get the Chinese names of countries, cities, districts, and townships
Using Google Maps & Google Translate to get the Chinese names of countries, cities, districts, and townships

4. Select Township or District under Township (鄉鎮市區)

Ibon Mobile SIM Card Availability Store Locator Tool
Ibon Mobile SIM Card Availability Store Locator Tool
Ibon Mobile SIM Card Availability Store Locator Tool

5. Press Inquire (查詢)

Ibon Mobile SIM Card Availability Store Locator Tool

6. Find The Closest 7-Eleven Near You

Ibon Mobile SIM Card Availability Store Locator Tool

Now, it is time to finally get your Ibon Mobile SIM card! Well, after activating it.

How to Register & Activate an Ibon Mobile SIM Card

You can register an Ibon Mobile SIM card in a 7-Eleven store through an Ibon Machine or online on the Ibon Mobile website. SIM card activation has to be done in a 7-Eleven store with two forms of identification.

In most cases, a 7-Eleven salesperson will assist you with the registration process if done in a 7-Eleven store because the application process with the Ibon Machine is mainly in Chinese.

Ibon Mobile SIM Card Registration & Activation Requirements

To register an Ibon Mobile SIM card, you need to have the following details and items:

  • 1st form of identification: Passport or APRC (Alien Permanent Resident Certificate)
  • 2nd form of identification: Any type of valid Visa (visa-exempt stamps are accepted too), Entry/Exit Permit, Alien Resident Certification (ARC), national ID, or driver’s license.
  • A Taiwanese phone number (for example, the phone number of your hotel)
  • The address of your stay in Taiwan (preferably in traditional Chinese characters)

Once you have gathered all these details, you are ready to proceed with registering your Ibon Mobile SIM card.

Registering with an Ibon Machine in English

If you have used an Ibon Mobile machine before, you will have seen a dedicated app with an English heading, which says 4G Prepaid SIM card as well.

Ibon Machine

The issue with this registration method is that halfway throughout the registration process, the Ibon Machine switches from English to Chinese (this happened on all Ibon Machines I tried). This makes trying to register an Ibon Mobile SIM card on your own not a feasible approach.

Registering the Ibon Machine with the Help of a 7-Eleven Salesperson

Getting a 7-Eleven salesperson to help you register your Ibon Mobile SIM card is the preferred method if you cannot read nor write Chinese because the Ibon Machine is primarily in Chinese.

If the store is busy, they may let you wait for a while until it gets less busy (7-Elevens can be rather busy at times, and the application process takes some time).

Registering on the Ibon Mobile Website

It is possible to apply for an Ibon Mobile SIM card online, in English, by following the following steps:

1. Head to Ibon Mobile’s English application page

Ibon Mobile SIM Card Application Online

2. Select your preferred 4G Prepaid Card Rate Plan

Ibon Mobile Starter Plans

3. Upload photos of the front and back of your 1st and 2nd forms of identification

Ibon Mobile SIM Card Application Online

4. Select a phone number

Ibon Mobile SIM Card Application Online

5. Fill out the application form

Ibon Mobile SIM Card Application Online

6. Confirm your details.

Ibon Mobile SIM Card Application Online

7. Take the QR code to a 7-Eleven store

Ibon Mobile SIM Card Application Online
The QR code will also be sent to your email address.

How to Reload an Ibon Mobile SIM Card (Buying a Plan)

You can recharge your Ibon Mobile SIM card in 7-Eleven stores with the Ibon Machine. You can either buy credit or a plan, depending on your needs.

As shown in the earlier sections, the Ibon Machine is almost entirely in Chinese – the same applies to reloading your Ibon Mobile SIM card.

You can either ask a 7-Eleven salesperson to help you out or you can follow the steps below to get an Ibon Mobile reload voucher yourself.

How to Reload an Ibon Mobile SIM Card with an Ibon Machine Steps

Below is a complete step-by-step guide on how to reload an Ibon Mobile SIM card with an Ibon Machine with English translations.

1. Go to an Ibon Machine

Ibon Machine in 7-Elevens

2. Press the Stored Value/Payment button (儲值/繳費)

Ibon Mobile Credit/Plan Purchase instructions with an Ibon Machine

3. Press the Telecommunication Services button (電信服務)

Ibon Mobile Credit/Plan Purchase instructions with an Ibon Machine

Ibon Mobile Credit/Plan Purchase instructions with an Ibon Machine

5. Press the Stored Value button (儲值)

Ibon Mobile Credit/Plan Purchase instructions with an Ibon Machine

6. Press the Voice Stored Value button for standard credits (語音儲值), Data by Day button for unlimited internet from 1 day to 30 days (計日型上網), or Data by Volume for metered data (計量型上網)

Ibon Mobile Credit/Plan Purchase instructions with an Ibon Machine

7. Press Agree, Continue to the Next Step (同意 , 繼續 下一步)

Ibon Mobile Credit/Plan Purchase instructions with an Ibon Machine

8. Select your purchase(s) of choice by pressing the + button. Once done, press Next Step (下一步)

Ibon Mobile Credit/Plan Purchase instructions with an Ibon Machine

9. The voucher bar code will be printed. Show this QR code to the 7-Eleven salesperson, and they will give you the actual reload voucher.

Ibon Mobile Credit/Plan Purchase instructions with an Ibon Machine
Ibon Mobile Reload Voucher Code
Ibon Mobile Reload Voucher Code
Ignore the English instructions – they are wrong. Correct sequence is shown below

10. Call 722 from your Ibon Mobile SIM card (toll-free), press 1 three times in a row (1-1-1), enter the 14-digit voucher code and end with the # key.

You have now successfully reloaded your Ibon Mobile SIM card. You will get a confirmation text (in Chinese).

Ibon Mobile Credit/Plan Activation Confirmation SMS

Ibon Mobile Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers

Earlier, we learned that Ibon Mobile has two starter plans. One plan comes with unlimited data for 5 days (120 hours), free on-net minutes, and 50 NTD in credit for 5 days, and the other plan comes with 1.2 GB for 60 days, free on-net minutes, and 100 NTD in credit. Both plans cost 350 NTD, and the standard rates are the same with both plans.

ActionPrice
On-net callsUnlimited
Local Off-net calls0.71 NTD/6 sec (7.10 NTD/min)
Data charge46 NTD/MB
Local SMS2 NTD/SMS
International SMS5 NTD/SMS

Once the starter plan data or credit expires, you would want to purchase a plan. There are two types of internet packages and one type of voice package, although the credit from the voice packages can be used for calling, texting, and data as well. The packages are:

Let’s go through each plan.

Ibon Mobile 4G By Day Internet Packages (4G 上網計量型)

The 4G By Day Internet Packages are plans that come with unlimited data for continuous use for 1 day all the way up to 30 days.

In Taiwan, unlimited data means truly unlimited data, meaning that your speeds will not be throttled after reaching a soft cap or having a daily data allowance.

If you want to use 100 GB within 7 days, then you can do so without worrying about your speeds being throttled after reaching a soft-cap.

Unlike the airport plans the Taiwanese Main Operators sell at select airports, that all come with unconditional unlimited data, one of Ibon Mobile’s plan does have a soft-cap, as shown below

The following 4G By Day Internet Packages are available:

PriceDataValidity
100 NTDUnlimited24 hours (1 day)
300 NTDUnlimited72 hours (3 days)
500 NTDUnlimited120 hours (5 days)
899 NTD10 GB high-speed data, then unlimited data at reduced speeds (5 Mbps)720 hours (30 days)
Ibon Mobile 4G By Day Internet Packages (4G 上網計量型)
Ibon Mobile 4G By Day Internet Packages (4G 上網計量型)

The validity period of these 4G By Day plans are based on hours, not days. This means that if you purchase the 1-day plan at 16:00 (4 PM) today, then it would expire at 16:00 tomorrow instead of at midnight.

Sometimes, Ibon Mobile increased the soft-cap data allowance for the 30-day plan from 10 GB to 40 GB. I was lucky when I purchased my Ibon Mobile SIM card and data package, as I managed to get 40 GB of high-speed data.

This was extremely useful because I recorded over 100 speed tests in 10 cities and towns throughout Taiwan. More about speeds later.

Ibon Mobile 4G By Day Internet Packages (4G 上網計量型)

Ibon Mobile 4G By Volume Internet Packages (4G上網計日型)

The 4G By Volume Internet Packages are plans that come with metered data at unthrottled for 60 days all the way to 185 days.

The following 4G By Volume Internet Packages are available:

PriceDataValidity
180 NTD1.2 GB60 days
300 NTD2.2 GB60 days
699 NTD5 GB90 days
1000 NTD8 GB185 days
Ibon Mobile 4G By Volume Internet Packages (4G上網計日型)
Ibon Mobile 4G By Volume Internet Packages (4G上網計日型)

Ibon Mobile 4G Charged by Voice Packages (4G語音儲值卡)

The 4G Charged by Voice Packages are simply airtime credit that can be used for calling, texting, or data. Ibon Mobile’s standard rates apply when using these packages.

Although the credit with the 4G Charged by Voice packages does not expire, you do have top-up your Ibon Mobile SIM card at least once every 180 days. Else, your service will be disconnected. Be aware that the maximum top-up limit on an Ibon Mobile SIM card is 5000 NTD.

The following 4G Charged By Voice Packages are available:

PriceAirtimeValidity
50 NTD50 NTDUnlimited
300 NTD300 NTDUnlimited
500 NTD500 NTDUnlimited
Ibon Mobile 4G Charged by Voice Packages (4G語音儲值卡)
Ibon Mobile 4G Charged by Voice Packages (4G語音儲值卡)

Ignore the 112 NTD option. That plan is a service fee for existing Ibon Mobile customers who want to upgrade from the old 3G plans to the new 4G plans.

Old Ibon Mobile 3G Plans
The old Ibon Mobile 3G plans were slightly cheaper than the current 4G plans.

Ibon Mobile Speed Test Results

I will tell you this. Far EasTone and Ibon Mobile are fast, like fast-fast. In fact, I managed to get the highest speed test result in Taiwan with Ibon Mobile. Moreover, that has been the highest speed test result I have ever had on 4G/LTE.

Normally, I show you the speed test result images I have gotten with the operators, as I used to do between 3-6 speed tests with each operator in the countries I visit.

The thing with Taiwan, however, is that (1) I stayed there for more than half a year because of the pandemic and (2) I did not have to worry about speed test results using up too much data (the faster the speeds, the more data the test uses).

As I got the 40 GB plan with Ibon Mobile (normally 10 GB), and the airport plans from the Taiwanese Main Operators (which all came with truly unlimited data), I did not have to worry about my data allowance.

Therefore, I could do MANY speed tests throughout Taiwan. So I conducted more than 1300 speed tests (up to five different servers per location, multiplied by five SIM cards). However, I only saved the best results of each location, lowering the total recorded results to slightly more than 500 speed test results.

I did more than 250 speed tests with Ibon Mobile while I was in Taiwan. In 105 different locations in 10 Taiwanese cities and towns. Showing the speed test result images of all these tests would not do you any good.

Far EasTone/Ibon Mobile Speed Test results in an excel sheet

Instead, I will list the 4 fastest speed test results I got with Ibon Mobile, the 4 slowest speed test results, and mention the overall speed statistics..

If you want to get the raw results in an Excel spreadsheet, simply enter your email address in the form below, and a link to the file will be sent to your mailbox right away.

So here are the best speed test results I got with Ibon Mobile, including the locations. For reference, I conducted speed tests in the following cities and towns:

  • Tainan (22 locations)
  • Kaohsiung (8 locations)
  • Taipei (21 locations)
  • New Taipei City (8 locations)
  • Taoyuan (6 locations)
  • Taichung (9 locations)
  • Taitung (7 locations)
  • Hualien (10 locations)
  • Luodong (6 locations)
  • Yilan (4 locations)

Note: the speed test often shows FarEasTone as the operator instead of Ibon Mobile. All speed test results shown below were done with Ibon Mobile.

Ibon Mobile Fastest Download Speed Results

Ibon Mobile Fastest Download Speed Result
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 1 MRT Platform (Dayuan District in Taoyuan City)
Ibon Mobile Fastest Download Speed Result
Yilan Train Station in Yilan City
Ibon Mobile Fastest Download Speed Result
FE21′ Mall 9th Floor (Taoyuan District in Taoyuan City)
Ibon Mobile Fastest Download Speed Result
Taipei 101/World Trade Center MRT Station – Platform (Xinyi District in Taipei City)

Ibon Mobile Slowest Download Speed Results

Ibon Mobile Slowest Download Speed Result
Dongdamen Night Market in Hualien City
Ibon Mobile Slowest Download Speed Result
7-Eleven on Yufeng Street (East District in Tainan City)
Ibon Mobile Slowest Download Speed Result
Dongning Sport Park (East District in Tainan City)
Ibon Mobile Slowest Download Speed Result
Qixingtan Seaside Park in Xincheng Township (in Hualien County)

Ibon Mobile Speed Test Statistics

Below are some highlighted statistics related to the Ibon Mobile speed data I collected (based on 105 results).

  • Ibon Mobile’s average download speed was 93.73 Mbps
  • Ibon Mobile’s average upload speed was 26.77 Mbps  
  • The median download speed with Ibon Mobile was 93.73 Mbps
  • The median upload speed with Ibon Mobile was 25.44 Mbps
  • The highest download speed I managed to get with Ibon Mobile was 438.25 Mbps in Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, on the MRT platform of terminal 1
  • The highest upload speed I managed to get with Ibon Mobile was 57.34 Mbps in New Taipei City in Bali District, close to the Mirror Happiness (鏡收幸福) attraction
  • The highest location average download speed with Ibon Mobile was in Taoyuan, with an average download speed of 265.44 Mbps
  • The highest location average upload speed with Ibon Mobile was in Taoyuan, with an average upload speed of 52.42 Mbps
  • The slowest download speed I managed to get with Ibon Mobile was 1.36 Mbps at Dongdamen Night Market ( 東大門夜市) in Hualien
  • The slowest upload speed I managed to get with Ibon Mobile was 1.63 Mbps at the Flowing Lake (台東森林公園活水湖) in Taitung
  • The slowest location average download speed with Ibon Mobile was in Hualien, with an average download speed of 65.98 Mbps
  • The slowest location average upload speed with Ibon Mobile was in Taitung, with an average upload speed of 17.81 Mbps

Based on these results, you do not have to worry about slow speeds when getting an Ibon Mobile SIM card.

Should You Get an Ibon Mobile SIM Card?

I would recommend Ibon Mobile to those who want to get a Taiwanese SIM card.

The fact that Ibon Mobile has unlimited access to Far EasTone’s fast 4G/LTE network is the main selling point of Ibon Mobile. Because of this, Ibon Mobile has great coverage throughout Taiwan and is fast. Moreover, Ibon Mobile is slightly cheaper than Far EasTone itself.

Compared to the Taiwanese Main Operators’ entry SIM cards, Ibon Mobile’s starter plans are the most generous. 5 days of unlimited data compared to the standard 3 days. However, you pay 350 NTD for an Ibon Mobile SIM card, whereas all the Main Operators sell them for 300 NTD.

Taiwanese SIM Cards (Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, FarEasTone, Taiwan Star, GT Mobile & Ibon Mobile)

Getting an Ibon Mobile SIM card can be easy if you use the store locator tool to see which 7-Eleven sells Ibon Mobile SIM cards. Otherwise, you may find yourself going to multiple 7-Elevens just to try and find an Ibon Mobile SIM card. That will be a waste of time if you are staying in Taiwan for a short time.

Like some of the Main Operators, the Ibon Mobile SIM card registration process can be done online, which can be handy.

Reloading an Ibon Mobile SIM card may seem intimidating because you have to deal with the Ibon Machines, which are mostly in Chinese. However, with the reload steps shown earlier, it should be possible for you to navigate through the menus. Otherwise, the 7-Eleven salespeople will be more than willing to assist you.

The packages Ibon Mobile has to offer are typical for Taiwanese standards, although most of them cheaper than the Main Operators. I like the fact that you can choose between short-term unlimited data plans (1 – 30 days) or metered data plans that have a long validity (1.2 GB – 8 GB for 60 days – 185 days).

Ibon Mobile Packages

However, I am not sure if I would recommend Ibon Mobile to those visiting Taiwan for a short-stay (less than 30 days).

Those flying to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport can buy airport plans from the Taiwanese Main Operators, which all come with unlimited data AND free credit for calls and SMS for the same price Ibon Mobile would charge you.

For example, the Ibon Mobile 500 NTD plan that comes with unlimited data for 5 days can be purchased from the Main Operators at the airport for the same price, and you would get 150 NTD credit as well.

Those wanting to get unlimited data for 30 days can either get the Ibon Mobile 899 NTD version, which comes with 10 GB high-speed data, then unlimited data throttled at 5 Mbps, or a SIM card from any other operator for 1000 NTD that all come unlimited data without a high-speed cap.

Far EasTone Airport Plans
Far EasTone Airport Plans

Therefore, I would highly recommend tourists and short-term visitors to get an airport plan from one of the Main Operators when flying to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. All Main Operators have booths at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

If you, however, are staying in Taiwan for more than one month or live in Taiwan, then Ibon Mobile can be one of the cheapest prepaid SIM cards in Taiwan, depending on your data needs.

Overall, Ibon Mobile offers affordable packages on Far EasTone’s extensive and fast network. Those planning on staying in Taiwan for a prolonged period can take advantage of lower MVNO prices compared to the Main Operators.

With all of that said, Ibon Mobile is a great and affordable operator. Therefore, they deserve their five-star rating.

Taiwan SIM Card Review Series

This Ibon Mobile review is part of my Taiwanese SIM Card Review series, where I reviewed six different SIM cards (Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, Far EasTone, Taiwan Star (T Star), APTG GT Mobile, and Ibon Mobile).

I would recommend reading those reviews too before deciding on which Taiwanese SIM card you want to buy.

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Ernest Adu, going by just Adu, is the founder and editor at Phone Travel Wiz. He has been a traveler for 6 years. Although from Europe, the Netherlands, Adu's favorite region in Asia, in particular, East and Southeast Asia. He currently lives in Tainan, Taiwan due to the current pandemic and does not have any travel plans for after his stay in Taiwan.

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