Here are three basic things I do to avoid getting a huge phone bill when I'm travelling overseas.
It's one of the most annoying things about overseas travel - the sting that comes a few weeks after you're back and you see that access to email cost you hundreds of dollars or more and every call you made cost you plenty.
- Having traveled a bit for my job, I've found an easy way to deal with the cost of overseas calls and data. I turn off my mobile data service and use the growing number of free WiFi hotspots that are around
- Secondly, I don't make or receive phone calls unless it's a real emergency. The great thing about caller ID services is that I can see who called and then call them back using Skype or some other VoIP service.
- Finally, I rely on SMS a lot. Even though SMS costs more when you're overseas than locally, its still cheaper than 3G data services and phone calls.
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