November 18, 2013 | By Travel Bug |
Travelling in the digital age is an amazing thing, but before you pack those charger cables, here are some crucial tips you need to know.
Buy an international plan before you go
Most travellers make the mistake of calling their providers at destination, usually after receiving an urgent message from accounts! When buying a plan, be realistic about how much data, calling and text messaging you expect to do. Find out if your plan offers preferential roaming rates and/or if the plan includes a limited amount of data and airtime. Also, don’t forget to ask about charges if you go over the limit.
Shut off data roaming
Even if you have purchased an international plan, turn off your data roaming when possible — or even better, switch into airplane mode when you’re not using the device. In doing so, you are reducing the risk of accidentally incurring additional charges. This means getting to know the settings of your device before you leave!
Turn off notifications and alerts
Although you may love the alerts that pop up on your screen, letting you know that an email has come in or that you’ve been retweeted, every alert represents a data transfer. And that could mean extra charges. Perhaps use airport waiting time to deactivate those alerts!
Regularly check usage to make sure that you’re not going over
If you’ve purchased a plan, it’s crucial to track your data transfers, text messages and phone calls while on your trip. The easiest way? Log in to your profile on the website of your service provider and check your numbers on a regular basis. That way, if you need more, you can contact your provider for an additional package.
Use WiFito make calls and send texts
In addition to Skype and Facetime, there are a number of other apps that will let you make phone calls and send texts — free of charge or for a nominal fee — over an Internet connection. This will not only save you money, but it’s also a worry- free way to stay in touch with loved ones.