Home Cruise Safely 5 Tips to Avoid Costly International Cellular Charges

By Samantha Davis Friedman of travelagewest.com

Traveling abroad can provide once-in-a-lifetime, bucket-list-worthy experiences, so most people are willing to endure long flights and navigate ever-changing airline and TSA policies in order to see new and exciting places. But, there are three words that strike fear in the hearts of even the most experienced world travelers: international cellular charges.

For some travelers, the only way they’re certain that they won’t be hit with international cellular charges is to switch phones to airplane mode and pretend they are iPods and/or cameras. However, for those clients who want to be able to call, text or go online while traveling abroad, here are a few tips that will help them stay connected without discovering  some expensive surprises upon returning home.

Do You Plan On Texting?
Texting has become the go-to form of communication for many people, and while some international cell plans include texting, others do not. For example, Verizon’s International Travel Preferred Pricing plan carries a charge of 50 cents per text sent and 5 cents per text received, which — as anyone with a teenager knows — can add up very quickly.

And while AT&T’s Passport plans include unlimited text messages, iMessages or other cellular-based messaging are not included. This may leave clients vulnerable to expensive cellular data overage charges if they forget to set their smartphones to text messaging only.

Just Say No to Cellular Data, Especially Location Services
All international travelers need to know how and when their phone uses cellular data. The fastest way to rack up unwanted international overage charges is to have apps and other features using cellular data unnecessarily, but most people don’t realize that certain apps are constantly running even when they’re not in use.

For example, while all of those location services are handy at home, they will eat through international cellular packages faster than their teenagers can text. Agents should recommend that clients traveling abroad disable (or even remove) any apps or features that are continuously using cellular data.

Read Entire Article ->

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.