When you are preparing for a trip abroad, there are many important things to keep in mind not to be surprised. Among all the tips for traveling, some of the most important are mobile phones, since we do not want to be cut off from communication.
If you want to know how to use your phone abroad, we explain everything you need to consider in this article. Thus, you will only have to dedicate yourself to enjoy your stay abroad.
Check the Basics Before you Go Out.
Before going on a trip, make sure that your mobile is not defective, nor the charger (although you can buy one at your destination). Remember also that, in some countries, the connection to the electrical network is different, and you may need an adapter. Also, check that your bills are up to date with your telephone operator, and you will have a normal line.
Read also: How to Unlock my Mobile Phone.
How to Control Data Consumption
When we need to use the Internet, it is better always to use wifi. In this way, we can avoid scares on the bill due to consumption.
Roaming is a service that allows you to use your mobile phone in a country other than yours. This service has a different rate than the usual one for calls, SMS, and data consumption. It is important to know what rate we have contracted with our telephone operator since some rates can be very high. Regarding roaming rates, it should be noted that:
- Some companies have eliminated roaming. However, sometimes they do not include all countries or services, so read the fine print carefully.
- As of June 15, 2017, roaming will be eliminated in Europe, so if we are going to travel to these countries, we should not worry.
Returning to the initial advice, the exclusive use of Wi-Fi, you only need to deactivate the option “Mobile data,” “Data roaming,” or, if you prefer, activate airplane mode.
There is another alternative, in the case, for some reason, you do not want to deactivate mobile data, which is to configure the applications that are usually synchronized, showing us the last minute information, such as Gmail, for example. In this way, we will prevent them from continuously connecting to the Internet.
How to Make Calls Abroad
For calls abroad, we must also take into account roaming and our contracted rate. Remember that we also pay to receive calls. However, there are more options to consider:
Buy a SIM Card in the Destination Country
We can buy a SIM card at our destination if we will be there long enough to amortize the cost and if the rates are interesting. This might not be useful if we need to receive many calls to our usual number, but if we want to make the calls ourselves, it may be a good option. For this, although it is the norm today, there are still many mobiles that can only be used with SIM cards from a certain company.
Make Calls with Apps
We can make calls using specially designed apps (while using a wifi connection). If we don’t want to complicate things too much, we can use Whatsapp for these calls as almost everyone has it installed. However, there are more applications for it available for both Android and iPhone.