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How to Use Your Smart Phone Wisely Overseas?

18 February 2016 | Travel Guide

Can we live without our smart phones? Well, we can’t. These small gadgets have become an indispensable part of our life. You’ve planned an overseas trip with your family and planning to use your phone while travelling abroad. Confused and stressed? Worry no more! Here are some simple tips & tricks to ensure a smooth experience while you’re away, and shun horrible bill surprises when you come home.
 

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Ensure your Phone Will Work Properly In Your Planned Destination
 

Before travelling with your smart phone, you need to make sure that your phone will work in chosen destination. Nowadays, mobile companies all across the globe use different frequencies and technologies, and there’s no surety that your handset model will work smoothly with them.
 
Take out the user manual and read it carefully. If your phone supports quad-band GSM then it would work in the majority of places. However, if you’re not sure about it, contact to customer support centre. Majority of mobile phone companies also don’t allow your account for international roaming as it can incur heavy charges.

 
Lock the Screen of Your Phone
 

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This is also important. You should use a proper screen lock so that no one can steal it. There are many ways to lock a phone, from fingerprint scanner to simple passwords, but we suggest you to use a combination of letters and numbers as it makes it very difficult for thieves to unlock your device.

 
Buy a Local SIM Card
 

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You need to get a local SIM card after unlocking your phone. Before heading off to preferred destination, talk to local vendors for a plan that can meet with your needs. Majority of carriers provide you SIM by asking your passport details. But, in countries like India, Italy and Germany, you get a SIM card by showing your residence proof. The activation will hardly take 24 hours and gives you easier access to economical text, data or call plans.

 
Carefully Check For Roaming Charges
 
Using your smart phone in abroad can put a lot of pressure on your pocket. Most of the mobile plans don’t cover data, texts or calls when travelling outside boundaries, and call rates can be very high. To stay away from eye-popping bills, talk to your company and ask for packages specially crafted for international use. These packages help you in saving a lot of money.

 
Use Wi-Fi
 
If your cell phone is not locked and you don’t have a cheap roaming plan, there are still many ways to save money. First of all, turn off the data of your phone before stepping into the plane and don’t on it until you come back. Use Wi-Fi when you’re away from your country. Most of the accommodation places offer the service of wireless internet at relatively cheap rates. While restaurants and cafes can fill in the empty space when you’re out of your home.

 
Use Skype or Google for Making Calls
 
We are living in the 21st century and blessed with the best of technology. Whether you are using cellular data or wireless internet, consider using great apps like Google Voice or Skype to keep in touch with your family and friends. Instead of paying extremely high text or call rates, use these apps as they allow you to talk in a pocket-friendly way around the globe. By using Google Voice, you can send texts to countries like Canada or US without paying anything. Skype, on the other side also offers low text and call rates.

 
Always Use a Security App
 
The world of web is laden with security apps that can work well on tablets and smart phones. Install a security app on your phone as it can easily locate your phone, block it and remove the important data from the device.
 
With a little hard work, heading off to a foreign land with your favorite smart phone doesn’t have to be an expensive or intricate proposition. Happy Journey!
 

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