Using your mobile phone abroad

Regularly using a mobile phone when on holiday is sure to be quite expensive if travelling to certain areas of the world, especially for those trips that will take you outside of Europe.

So, before starting for the last-minute holidays, you might want to look at planning your travellers. By being more mindful of the potential costs of receiving and making calls, you can avoid any unexpected high bills.

Be aware of using your mobile phone abroad.

Here are some of the points to consider in using mobile phones on holidays abroad:

Before leaving for the holidays, you might want to check with the phone provider to see the costs of using the Internet, sending text messages, and making calls to friends and family. You might want to see if a more favourable tariff is available for those likely to use the phone aboard for a significant period.

If you have a contract with one of the mobile phone companies, you will likely find that the free calling minutes aren’t likely to be applicable if you are making calls from outside the United Kingdom.

A further step to help limit the costs of mobile phone use outside the UK is to download any necessary data or information before departing for the holidays. If you are considering streaming movies or similar media, you will undoubtedly find this can be very expensive if travelling well outside the EU countries.

Also, you might want to look at turning off the option for data roaming. With data roaming enabled, a smartphone is designed to automatically connect to the Internet to update the software and apps. This could be pretty expensive if a sizeable amount of data is downloaded without your knowledge.

If you are looking for a more cost-effective option for gaining access to the Internet, you’ll likely find that a WiFi hotspot is sure to be highly desirable. By visiting a WiFi café or similar area, you can quickly access a wide range of mobile services, like visiting websites, downloading music, and sending e-mail. Also, you might find that many of the hotels and resorts you may stay in on the cheap holidays can offer guests free WiFi access.

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