Have to sell cameras, consoles and the cat to pay your holiday mobile bill? Roaming is one of the most prolific ways service providers can add heaps of charges to your mobile bill. So before the whole sell my mobile to pay for a couple of international calls palaver begins, here are five tips our office teams swear by on their travels!
1. Use free calling services like Skype,
VoIP services can be a godsend for folks on the go, especially if you’re able to set up specific times to call home and so on. Download before you go and only use when you’re in free wi-fi spots. Great for folks who want to keep costs down and check in with people back home regularly.
2. Get a local SIM card
If you think you’re going to be using a mobile phone pretty heavily on your travels, think about investing in a local Pay-As-You-Go card. It means you won’t be charged for receiving international calls and can make plenty of cheap local calls/texts.
3. Turn voicemail off
… If you’re with O2! It’s now illegal for any network to charge you when someone leaves you a voicemail anywhere within the EU. Most networks apply this to their global services, but O2 are still rather dragging their heels and have a habit of pinning charges on folks outside the EU. Hopefully they’ll grow out of it soon!
4. Turn off data roaming
Don’t want to sell your old iPad, New iPad, old Kindle and beloved granny to pay the roaming bill? Turn it off and cope without it. One day the internet will hopefully be like a fully accessible cloud of information covering the globe – checking our sell for cash rates in the middle of the Gobi Desert, uploading travel photos from the tip of Everest etc will be simple – but for now it’s a luxury once outside your contract locale.
If you NEED web access on the go, look into what you’ll be paying before you go and consider investing in a roaming package so there are no nasty surprises!
5. Don’t open attachments or download anything
Downloading can really bump up that bill, so avoid unnecessary attachments etc until you get home (by “unnecessary attachments” we mean downloading, not holiday romances!)
You don’t need an excuse to sell cameras, old iPads and gadgets through our great sell for cash service, but how about boosting your holiday funds if you want one anyway!