How can you avoid extra roaming costs when using your mobile phone outside of the US? Read on to use your phone abroad.
Are you planning a holiday or a business trip to a country outside of the US? Or do you spend time in countries outside of the States on a regular basis? You may want to prepare by learning about international roaming. This will help you prevent unexpected charges, so you can focus on enjoying your trip.
What is international roaming?
After traveling to another country, your phone travels along with you, and connects to another network offered by another carrier. You may have noticed that your phone alerts you to switching on to another carrier network after landing at an airport, or after arriving in another country by train or boat. You are able to call and receive calls or send and receive text messages again.
Is your phone compatible with networks outside of the US?
It’s important to make sure that your phone is compatible with the phone carrier networks in the country that you are traveling to. Your phone might for example work when making voice calls, but you may find that you are not able to send text messages, or send and receive data in any way. Avoid issues by checking with your US mobile phone provider before you depart.
International roaming rates
Make sure to track your phone usage
It’s handy to know how to track your phone usage when going abroad. This way you can stay within your phone data usage plan. This helps to avoid unexpected additional charges while abroad. Be aware of the fact that delays in processing international roaming fees may cause your extra costs to show up on your phone bill at a (much) later date.
How can you avoid roaming charges when traveling abroad?
If you want to be able to make use of your phone without any extra roaming fees or worries about the extra cost, you’ll be happy to know that there is a way around paying extra money. Simply buy a prepaid SIM card for the country you are visiting, before you travel. This way you can keep on top of your phone data expenses and avoid high international roaming fees. If you run out of call credit or mobile data, you can easily top up online from anywhere.