Help! I need an iPad data plan when I travel


By Heather

Travel & Tech Writer

Photo by Henry Ascroft on Unsplash

iPads are irreplaceable pieces of tech that make it easier to work, create, and unwind, but in order to email, send messages, and video-call with your favorite people while you’re traveling, you need an iPad data plan.

Not everyone thinks of their iPads the same way they think of their iPhones, but the reality is that data plans aren’t just for smartphones. 

With select models and carriers, iPads can access up to 5G speeds and provide lightning-fast access to anything you can imagine. So go ahead — take advantage of that nice big screen, and spend your trip working (or playing) on your iPad, just as comfortably as you would at home.

Wait — do I really need one?

If you’ll be spending your trip using your iPad to read previously-downloaded books, then nope, you definitely don’t need an iPad data plan. And some travelers just bring along their “offline” iPad so they can hop onto a Wi-Fi network occasionally if they need to check something.

Through the magic of cellular data, your iPad can keep you connected in more than 180 countries without using a Wi-Fi connection. So if you want to use your iPad to email, text, browse, or FaceTime from anywhere at all — without worrying about finding a free, stable network connection — you’ll want an iPad data plan.

How do I get an iPad data plan?

Well, there are a couple of options. You can pop into your usual carrier and ask them about travel data plans for your iPad — and potentially pay more than you’d like — or you can use aloSIM to browse for affordable eSIM plans.

An eSIM is an electronic SIM card, so you can bounce between coverage without having to physically insert or remove a traditional plastic SIM card. eSIM technology is compatible with most new-ish iPads already:

  • iPad Pro 11‑inch (1st generation or later)
  • iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (3rd generation or later)
  • iPad Air (3rd and 4th generation)
  • iPad (7th and 8th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)

Whether you’re planning your next trip or you’re already there — wishing you had an iPad data plan — aloSIM makes it easy to shop around for the best deals on eSIM plans.

Choose how much data you’d like, based on the length of your trip and how you plan to use your iPad while you’re away. Then we’ll walk you through exactly how to activate eSIM on your iPad, and you’ll be able to start using it immediately (or whenever it makes sense).

If you’re new to having a “data” iPad that works more like an iPhone, you’ll love the convenience of being online anywhere at all. No more sniffing around for a free Wi-Fi connection necessary — you’ve brought your own connectivity everywhere you go.

Looking for an iPad data plan for your next trip? eSIM is about to make your life much easier. Check out aloSIM for local and regional eSIM plans.