If you are planning on traveling internationally, you’ve probably heard stories about how some cell phone owners come home to cell phone bills of over $1,000 due to roaming charges. But, if you are planning an international trip, there are ways to use your cell phone without incurring major charges. Here are some tips on how to use your cell phone when traveling internationally.
- Call your cell phone provider. They can tell you all of the roaming terms on your contract and let you know what your options are. You may be able to pay for a international data, text, and/or calling plan that will help you save money.
- Swap out the SIM card. Depending on your phone and your provider, you may be able to switch the SIM card to an international card while you are away.
- Get a disposable phone. Purchase a disposable phone at your destination city to use just on your vacation. This obviously may not be the easiest thing to find depending on the city, so check online before you go.
- Turn off the data. If you aren’t going to add an international data plan, make sure you learn how to turn off roaming and cellular data before you leave.
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