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11 things to consider before taking your phone overseas

ByMatthieu Andre 2018-06-23 1169

Are you planning to go abroad to visit a city, work overseas or have a business trip? But have you thought about your mobile phone? Will it work overseas? More and more travelers can’t imagine going without their mobile phones. Here is a complete guide of GearBest you should consider before taking your mobile phone overseas.

 

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1. Call your provider


The first thing you will need to do before going overseas is call your service provider to check out your options available in the foreign country and activate your global roaming.


Some carriers offer international calling and data plans, while others may suspend your service during your trip so you aren't accidentally racking up charges abroad.


Some even offer rental options so you can have a local phone during your trip.


You can find a provider list cf-below:


provider list


2. Unlock your phone and SIM card


Generally, your mobile phone is locked to a specific carrier, the best way is to call your service provider to see what unlocking options are available. If you are able to get your phone unlocked, you will be able to buy or rent a local SIM card in your destination, which will be helpful if you need to make local calls or connect to data networks.


In case of refusal, you can always try to find an appropriate unlocking code yourself. Simply removing your SIM card and insert one of the country to which you are traveling, or have someone unlock your phone for you.


Unlock your phone and SIM card


3. Bring an international plug adapter


Having a service plan won t help so much if you can t charge and use your mobile phone overseas. Find out what types of plugs and voltage are used in your destination, and be sure to pack the necessary converters (world travel adapter kit) so you won t face any problems.


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4. Turn off your data roaming setting


In order to avoid hefty data roaming charges, be sure check your data roaming settings and turn your phone off before your flight takes off.


To turn off the data roaming, please follow steps:


Step 1: Go on Settings.


Go to Settings on the phone


Step 2: Turn off the data roaming.


Turn off the data roaming of your phone


5. Turn off your automatic app updates


If your phone is set to automatically check for new emails, simply turn off automatic app updates that use data, such as checking for new email, that will avoid you a high phone bill.


To turn off the automatic app updates, please follow steps:


Step 1: Go to Google Play Store and click on the three vertical lines icon on the upper left portion.


Go to Google Play Store and click on the three vertical lines icon on the upper left portion.


Step 2: Select the Settings option and then go for the Auto Update Apps option in it.


Select the Settings option and then go for the Auto Update Apps option


Step 3: Click on Do not Auto Update Apps.


Click on Do not Auto Update Apps


Step 4: There is an option available in the same option as above for updating your apps using your Wi-Fi named "Auto update apps over Wi-Fi only".


updating your apps using your Wi-Fi named “Auto update apps over Wi-Fi only”.


6. Plan and manage your email overseas


If you plan to manage your email overseas, a data pack will help and you will receive your emails as you would at home. Make sure your active email account is added to your settings.


7. Activate the airplane mode of your phone


When in doubt, put your phone in airplane mode. This keeps your phone from connecting to a local network, meaning you will avoid data charges. You can manually turn on Wi-Fi while in airplane mode to keep your device connected for free when you are near an internet hotspot.


Activate the airplane mode of your phone


8. Download useful applications for messaging


With apps today, you can call or text without relying on a phone plan. These apps can be used on Wi-Fi and many can be used for free or for a significantly lower cost than an international calling plan.


Things that most people find useful include: Find my Phone, Find Friends, Skype, WhatsApp, Maps Me, Messaging Apps, a Photo Editing.


 Download useful applications for messaging


9. Buy a spare phone


Using a separate unlocked phone with a foreign country s SIM is an ideal situation for travelers who only need to talk or text with a limited number of people. Buying a spare phone with a new SIM s number is a good alternative and that will help you to tackle some issues in the future.

 

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10. Back up all your documents for safety insurance


In case your luggage lost, it s important to make a copy of all your important documents on a cloud and memorize the password to that server. Save also a copy of all your phone, email, and APP Store passwords. You can also scan and take copies of your phone with you before departure.


11. Actively learn some of the functions


To avoid using costly international roaming data, you should learn some new functions that you rarely use at home, in particular:


a. Personal Hotspot: Use the device (Mobile or Tablet) that you will load the Roaming Pack on to as your Personal Hotspot. Make sure you are familiar with the operation of Personal Hotspot, log on from all other devices that you will take overseas, as once you have logged-on, the devices will be remembered by your Hotspot, and you do not need to repeat the log in process each time.


To turn on your personal hotspot, you just need to turn on Personal Hotspot in the settings


turn on Personal Hotspot in the settings


b. Wi-Fi: The Wi-Fi has been a necessary network in our life, as it enables us to watch videos or surf on the internet freely. So you can turn on the Wi-Fi function on your mobile phone to search if there is a Wi-Fi available around you. 


To turn on Wi-Fi in your mobile phone, you can go to Settings, and select WLAN. Then search and connect your device to the available Wi-Fi network.


go to Settings to turn on the Wi-Fi in your mobile phone


c. Cellular data use: Become familiar with how to monitor your data use.


To turn on the cellular data use, you can go to your settings, and turn on Cellular Data for the App desired.


go to settings to turn on the cellular data use


d. Last but not least, you had better edit your contact and remember to add an international calling code when dialing.


Bottom line


To conclude, a good preparation before taking your phone overseas will greatly help you avoid some troubles, inconvenience, and the unexpectedly high mobile phone bills. And more importantly, you will have a happy and smooth overseas experience.


 You may also want to read:
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