Three Reasons why it’s Preferable to Skip International Roaming Charges

Three Reasons why it’s Preferable to Skip International Roaming Charges
There are several reasons why it’s preferable to skip international roaming charges. Below are just three of them:

1. The first is that, the roaming charges per minute tend to be very high. If you’re not careful, you could come home to bill that almost parallels with your mortgage or car loan payments. One great alternative is to call your carrier’s retention center and ask about purchasing a separate international plan. This can greatly reduce your roaming charges. Especially if you work for the government, at a post office or at a college university, you may qualify for discounted plans.

2. Some WiFi plans offer free calling especially to those who have the same WiFi plans as you do. WiFi now has hotspots all over the world. Hence, unless you’re visiting an all-natural location completely isolated from civilization your chances of finding a WiFi hotspot are about 98% or higher. If you own a Smartphone, you can easily use it as its own WiFi hotspot. All you need to do is plug it into your laptop or tablet. The proper terms for that are tethering or Internet sharing. Skype also offers very low rates for both national and international calls. However, the calls are only free if you’re talking to another Skype user.

3. Subscriber Identity Module or SIM cards are also another great alternative option. The minutes can be topped off and incoming calls are typically free. However, it can only be used with a temporary international phone and your GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) frequency has to parallel with that of your travel location. Chances are you will also need to ask for your phone to be unlocked. There’s also still a high chance that you will be charged even for incoming calls that you don’t answer. That being said, SIM cards are probably the best solution if you’re planning to make calls to clients only or you’re travelling alone on a personal vacation on a temporary “get away”.

Travelling is often costly enough and your phone calls should be one of the last things to add to it.

Sources:

http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Avoid_International_Roaming_Charges

http://www.rebtel.com/en/International-Calling-Guide/Calling-Cards/5-Ways-to-Avoid-Roaming-Charges/

http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/how-to-avoid-big-phone-bills-abroad

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/mobile-phone/3441165/how-use-your-smartphone-as-wi-fi-hotspot/