I Found a New International Data Plan: HOLAFLY
Is it worth the cost?
I know. I know. I usually post during the week. Why on Earth are you getting a post on the weekend?
Better late than never, right?
I shared in May that Generative AI had drastically changed my workload and income. Consequently, I made the tough decision to start grad school after being out of the college system for more than a decade.
Since then, it has not gotten better. I compared my Q2 2023 earnings to Q2 2022. Despite working about 40% more hours, my earnings dropped by 20%. To make matters worse, 3 of my 4 main clients either paid late or underpaid their invoices in the past two months.
And to top it all off, I paid for grad school this week! If you’d like to donate a little something for college, here’s my Ca$hApp. Subscriptions also help. Every penny counts!
So, while I would have loved to work on fun projects, like chatting with you guys, I spent the week doing even more extra work to fill the gap … and, of course, questioning my life decisions.
Now that that’s mostly settled, I can tell you about an international data plan I’ve been using in Mexico for almost two months. Let’s get started!
What is Holafly?
Holafly is an e-sim that you can download to your phone and use instantly. You can purchase a plan via the company’s website for 160 countries: from Mexico to Spain. That’s not an affiliate link, by the way. I have no ties to the company, and this is not an ad.
How much does Holafly cost?
The cost depends on the country and the length of the plan. I paid $99 for three months of unlimited data in Mexico.
Is it really unlimited?
If you’re familiar with using data plans as your main source of internet, you know very few are truly unlimited. They typically start throttling after a certain threshold.
Holafly states that it starts throttling if you use more than 90 GB in a month, which is pretty reasonable. Compare this to GoogleFi, which throttles after 50 GB on its unlimited plan.
Would I recommend Holafly to other international travelers?
I give Holalfly 4 stars out of 5.
It’s an amazing service, and I highly recommend it. The customer service team is responsive, and it’s great having service directly on my phone instead of walking around with a hotspot device.
Still, Holafly has some caveats.
If you’re a paid subscriber, in the next post, you’ll receive a more in-depth review. I’ll tell you what I love and hate about the service and what you should know before using it on your next trip abroad.
Feel free to check out Holafly’s FAQs in the meantime!
Update, Sept. 5. 2023: They gave me a referral link. You get a 5%!
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