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How to Travel with Your Mobile Phone

If you plan on traveling in the near future and plan on bringing your mobile phone with you, then you will want to check out the following tips. While traveling with your phone is meant to offer convenience, if you don’t go about it the right way it can be quite frustrating and even lead to a rather large bill upon your arrival home.

Understand Roaming Fees

One of the biggest surprises for travellers is just how quickly roaming fees can add up. If you plan on taking your mobile phone with you, and using it for chatting, then you will want to look into before you leave.

By unlocking your device you will no longer be strapped to one carrier. You can purchase a SIM card in any location with prepaid minutes and simply pop it into your device. What this means is that you avoid any roaming charges your home carrier would have slapped on you. Even if you plan on visiting multiple countries, you can just buy a new SIM card in each destination. They are usually very inexpensive (depending on how many minutes you purchase), and easy to find.

Take a Look at Your Phone

If you do plan on using your phone internationally and want to have it unlocked, you will need to make sure that the phone is one that will work globally. Your carrier/provider will be able to provide you with this information.

Fully Charged Up

Another tip is to make sure your phone is fully charged before you leave, and carry a travel charger with you. These travel chargers are very small and can usually provide anywhere from one to three full charges for your device.

This is great while you’re on the go and don’t have anywhere to plug in and charge up your device. Think about how many photos and videos you will likely be taking on your device, which means you’ll be eating through your battery rather quickly. Of course you will still want to pack your wall charger so you can charge the device and your travel charger.

Download Apps Before You Leave

If you plan on traveling to a place you are unfamiliar with, you may want to check out apps that can help with directions, restaurant recommendations, public transit schedules, etc. Download all the apps before you leave so you’re ready when you arrive.

Do You Plan on Using Data?

Data can be rather expensive while traveling as well. It may be wise to turn it off and only turn it on when absolutely necessary. With all the free public Wi-Fi hotspots available nowadays, you may find that you don’t need your data at all.

Ensure Travel Goes Smoothly

Keeping these few tips in mind can help to ensure your travel goes smoothly, and that you don’t end up with a very costly mobile phone bill when you get home. It’s important to give some thought on how you plan to use your phone while traveling, so you can be prepared.

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