“Tips for Using Your Cellphone Abroad”

“Tips for Using Your Cellphone Abroad”

by Kari Bodnarchuk via “The Globe Correspondent

Sending your Paris cellphone photos home could cost an ocean of money.

“Keeping connected by cellphone while outside the United States can be one of travel’s most maddening experiences, and can quickly — and often unknowingly — blow your budget. Plan ahead and you can save a bundle and still stay (or be) in touch. Consider the following tips as you plan your foreign travels.

YOUR CARRIER’S INTERNATIONAL PLAN . . .

For most US cellphone carriers, plans can be pricey. Find out what type of calling and data plan you can get through your local carrier, and what it covers at your destination. If you’re a T-Mobile customer, check out the company’s new rate plan, Simple Choice, which offers unlimited data and text messaging in more than 120 countries, and incoming or outgoing calls at 20 cents per minute while outside the country. Data transfers at 2G speeds internationally, but you can pay extra for increased speed.

UNLOCK YOUR PHONE

“Most of the rest of the world (with the notable exception of Japan) operates on GSM technology, so if you are traveling internationally, you must have a GSM-capable phone or it won’t work with local SIM cards,” says Barbara Weibel, a globetrotter currently traveling in Thailand.

BUY A LOCAL SIM CARD

After landing at your destination, buy a prepaid SIM card, often for just a few dollars, and add credit. You will generally pay less if you purchase a card outside the airport. To avoid frustration (it’s not always a smooth and glitch-free process), go to a local cellphone office or department store and find a knowledgeable salesperson who can help with setup, and who may let you return the SIM card on the spot if it doesn’t work. Once you’re up and running, cards can typically be topped up at a phone store, service station, newsstand, post office, or other local spot, or by calling a toll-free number. . . . .”

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“Traveling with Mobile Gear: Tips from a Veteran”

“Traveling with Mobile Gear: Tips from a Veteran”

by James Kendrick via “Mobile News

“Business travelers and vacationers carry more mobile gear than ever. Bringing the smartphone is a must for both groups, and odds are there is at least a tablet coming along. The more gear you bring, the more you have to plan to make sure it all works as intended. These simple tips will make sure the gadgets keep working the entire trip.  . . . .”

“Seven Things to Know Before you Take Your Phone Overseas”

“Seven Things to Know Before you Take Your Phone Overseas”

via “News.com.au”

If you don’t do your homework, though, you could have astronomical roaming charges waiting for you when the holiday’s over.

Here are some tips from cheapflights.com.au to avoid those charges while still being able to use your mobile phone abroad. . . . “

Traveling Abroad: 13 Tips To Roaming Freely And Safely

“Traveling Abroad: 13 Tips To Roaming Freely And Safely”

by T-Mobile via “The Huffington Post

“These days, it’s almost impossible to imagine leaving the house, not to mention traveling to a foreign country, without a smartphone. How would you avoid getting lost without your built-in GPS? Or know which neighborhoods to visit (and which to avoid) without a handy phone travel guide? And don’t forget everyone needs social media apps to share experiences with friends.

While your smartphone can help you keep in touch and stay street smart while traveling abroad, the costs of international roaming, . . . .”