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E.T. Phoned Home. You Can Too. The Extra-Terrestrial isn’t the only one who needs to phone home while in a foreign land. With modern cell phone technology, calling should be a lot simpler than it was back in 1982. But what about using your cell phone when traveling abroad? Stories of phone bills in the thousands scare us into leaving phones off or at home. But there are certain ways to lessen the cost of using your phone abroad. You just need to be prepared and learn a few tricks and facts. Know your service provider. All of the major wireless providers in the United States allow for international roaming and calling, but certain companies have more extensive networks. AT&T and T-Mobile use the worldwide Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM). This means their phones are more likely to work in foreign countries than phones that use Verizon or Sprint. Turn roaming off, turn manual on. Consider only turning on automatic smartphone functions like checking email when there’s a free wireless connection. Data charges are actually one of the more expensive parts of cell use abroad. Use a Skype To Go number to make low-cost international calls. Skype allows calls to be forwarded, which can help you save on roaming charges. Simply enter the international number you want to call, and Skype will give you a different number to dial that will get you through to the same line. Since no internet
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connection or data plan is needed to make calls with Skype To Go, it’s perfect for traveling in a foreign country.
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Switch to the SIM card. If you want to avoid renting an international cell phone,
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which can cost up to three dollars a day, you have two options for a SIM card: local or international. A local card is specific to your destination, and is the
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cheaper option if you’re not a regular traveler. More frequent flyers may want to
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use an international SIM card, as it only has to be purchased once and can be used
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in multiple countries. In the end, most of what you can do with your cell phone depends on which
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Great article! I didn’t know most of it, and this could be really helpful for travelers!
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