A few years ago, when I was just a little grasshopper, I went overseas with my smartphone. While I didn’t make any calls, I did continue to receive push email. Imagine my shock when the phone bill arrived a few weeks later with a $700+ balance.
Smartphones are now a pervasive part of our everyday lives — so much so that we get separation anxiety when we leave our devices at home. The unhealthy implications of this aside, there are very practical reasons to bring along a smartphone when traveling: navigation, eatery recommendations, phone calls, etc. So what’s a traveler married to his/her smartphone to do?
The New York Times provides a helpful guide for reaping the benefits of smartphone travel without incurring hefty bills:
- Get a GSM phone
- Check with your carrier for special deals on international roaming
- Buy a local SIM card
- Subscribe to Boingo Mobile Wi-Fi for $7.95 for online connectivity and to make VoIP calls
- Buy an old-fashioned calling card
I’ve employed all the above tips and am happy to say I’ve not since been faced with an exorbitant communications bill. (That means extra money for fun stuff, e.g., clothes and shoes, while I’m in a foreign city!)
Read the entire article here.