Summer is a season of vacations and all IT guys always seem to be carrying their phones, tablets, laptops, and other favorite devices during these leisure days. While being abroad, you can find an unpleasant gift waiting for you on your next billing statement because you used more data on your gadget than you had expected too (the more data you use – the money you pay). There are several reasons for this. We have collected 4 pieces of advice from Mashable on how to avoid huge data roaming charges and how to minimize data usage while being on a vacation in another country.
1. Turn Off Data Roaming
The European Commission has voted for a law that proclaims the ending of roaming charges beginning in 2014. But for this year, it’s better to turn it off.
Roaming occurs when you use your phone on a network that does not belong to your mobile provider. During roaming, the mobile phone company that owns the network you are using sends a bill to your provider, and then your provider sends it to you.
But you still can enable Wi-Fi with free access and you won’t be charged for this.
2. Disable Push Notifications and Auto-Synching
If you are receiving an alert with incoming mail then this means your push notifications are enabled.
For iPhone, you can change this by going to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New data to turn off push notifications.
For Android, go to Settings > Accounts & Synch and turn off Auto-Synch.
3. Buy a SIM Card Once You’ve Landed
Buying a local SIM is often the cheapest option, but it can also be the most difficult. In most cases, you will have to provide your passport. Also, when you purchase a local SIM card, you will get a local phone number and no one will be able to contact you through your usual (old) one.
And also be sure that you have an unlocked GSM standard phone.
4. Wi-Fi Alternatives
There are some popular apps that give you an opportunity to communicate and all these are for free but only when you have Internet (Wi-Fi) access. For e.g., the What’s App lets you send messages, pictures, videos, and audio notes to your friends via Wi-Fi. Viber is also free and lets you call, send messages and pictures to your contact list.
- Data roaming charges warning for holidaymakers (guardian.co.uk)