Can you imagine travelling abroad without your smartphone? Let us admit is that it will be hard, as it can replace camera, organizer, map, GPS navigator and many other gadgets. Moreover, it is the most convenient way to communicate with your friends and relatives who stay at home. However, unexpectedly for many people, usage of mobile phone services, especially, mobile web services, will bring additional costs and in some cases the sums will be really impressive. If you expect that you will have to pay more for calls only, you are mistaken. Texting, usage of email services, web browsing, etc. will also be charged.
So when you start to plan your route and organize everything, do not forget to look through the options proposed by your phone service provider for the international communication. Pay attention to the cost of the plan – sometimes it seems that it costs more that you would pay with your own plan, so calculate your probable spending.
Check the requirements of the chosen plan – sometimes it is necessary to switch the plan before you leave the country, so do it beforehand.
The most popular providers of phone services like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon propose their own international plans together with guidelines how to use these data plans. Take into consideration that AT&T data plan for iPhone differs from international plans for other mobile devices.
If you need additional information, consider communication with Support team of the provider. You may ask them questions like the following:
- I’m going to visit certain country and have no intention to call someone, but I will use my phone to check emails. Is there a possibility to reduce costs?
- If I’m going to use web without making calls while I’m travelling, how much will that cost to me?
- How to make sure that I won’t pay for the calendar running when I check email on trip?
- If I will make calls only, how to make sure that I won’t pay for automatic download of email or calendar events?