Taking iPhone Or Android Abroad? Tips To Avoid Data Roaming Charges
If you do not want to experience a post-holiday mobile bill attack, then ensure to follow the below steps before you plan a trip abroad since data roaming will not cost you any cheaper.
The easiest way to avoid sky-scraping mobile bills is to take the benefit of free WiFi wherever you get. It is easy to avail in cafes, hotels and restaurants when you are abroad. Also there are free hotspots that you can make use of when you are out and about, too.
Buy a Wi-Fi device
There are Wi-Fi devices available in the market which can get you cheap internet access abroad. You will get a SIM card and a pocket sized wireless hub which will help you to connect to the internet in more36 countries using the local 3G network. The hub device creates a hotspot that can connect upto five or more devices.
Consider a Text Package
You can simply consider going for an SMS package before going on a trip. A text message from abroad everyday to your family will do the needful. Call up your carrier service and ask for the best plan to suit your requirements.
Get a Country-Specific SIM Card
If you are going to stay in a particular country for a longer duration you may want to get a prepaid local SIM from that region. It is an economical choice for overseas phone usability since you will pay according to the local rates. But remember to get your GSM handset unlocked for this to work.
Use mobile-friendly websites
There are websites which have optimized their pages especially for mobile phones keeping less consumption of megabytes in mind. Try replacing .com with .mobi.
For both iPhone and Android users the Onavo Extend app makes sure that you can use your ongoing data plan five times more without worrying about additional fees. Onavo Extend squeezes your data to help to do more with your mobile device. It also helps to cut down roaming charges by offering a leaner version of the web.
Download maps offline
GPS is a very important feature on our smartphone. But using it will cost you eye-watering data charges. Therefore, it is better if you can manage to download the area and the city maps before leaving for your trip. Or do so when you can avail a Wi-Fi connection. Android users can help themselves with Google Maps app and iPhone users with Skobbler’s ForeverMap app. Cities Maps 2Go is another great offline map app to consider. It has a wide range of free downloadable maps from around the globe.
Turn Off Data
Last but not the least is Turn off your mobile data. Use it only during emergencies or may be once a day only to get the notifications. This will save a lot of your data balance and save you from the horror.
Hope the above tips will help you beat the data roaming charges and keep your bills low. Till then, happy touring.
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by techtalks @TechTalks December 14, 2015 6:24 AM UTC