Smartphone Usage – Guide to Use your Phone Effectively while Touring Abroad


Most of us consider our smartphones to be our lifeline as it connects us with those sitting far or close, entertains us and helps us in several other things. Such is the importance of our smartphone that we would feel completely lost and disconnected without this device. But what happens when we travel overseas? Given below are some tips on how to use your smartphone while roaming in a foreign country.

Turn off mobile data – Use Wi-Fi

Turning on data roaming while you are travelling abroad is a big no-no as a huge bill shock would be awaiting you, the minute you return home. If there is a possibility that you might switch on roaming accidently or by mistake, then make sure to manually switch it off by going to Settings>Cellular>Data Roaming.

It’s best to turn off data roaming and use Wi-Fi which is often available free of cost at various coffee shops, train stations, restaurants, airports, and hotels. There are several apps which can help you locate spots to connect to Wi-Fi. Make use of them and surf without any worries.

Take a prepaid SIM card of the visiting country

If you plan on making a lot of calls or you anticipate receiving some, then it is recommended that you buy a prepaid SIM card of the country you are visiting. Opt for a pay as you go model and take a suitable call plan which offers data, talk-time, and texts, all at a reasonable cost.

Download Messenger App – Better Alternative International Roaming App

You may also use one of the several popular messaging apps which will let you talk for free if you have access to Internet. There are some roaming apps which provide excellent calling service by charging a very minimal amount as international roaming charges. Some of these apps do not necessarily require Internet for making calls and also work well with a SIM card and without it. So go ahead, pick a suitable one for yourself and stay in touch while you are on the go.

Sync Your Phone before Your Trip

Before leaving for your trip abroad, it is recommended to sync your contacts and other important documents so that in an unfortunate case of theft/damage, you don’t lose valuable information which is stored in your phone.

Zoya Abdali

Zoya Abdali is a travel enthusiast who likes to share her thoughts and experiences on budget travelling, in the form of blogs. She is an avid reader and likes to read classics. Zoya can be reached at
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