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The simplest and most effective way to make sure that you won't get any costs for your phone and data usage while overseas is to make sure that you have turned off start roaming.

On most modern phones, even when you are not actively using the Internet (such as browsing the web or looking at Facebook) it still uses data. It constantly checks in, looks firm emails, checks applications, looks for updates, and just generally talks to the data server to let it know that it still there. What this means is that even when you are avoiding using the Internet, and less it's turned off you will still be using data.

While overseas this constant trickle of data can become very very expensive. We have seen some customers with bills in the thousands of dollars who say they simply haven't used any data while overseas, but as you can see from above if data is turned on then regardless, you are using it.

To make things simple this is where you can find the settings on some of the more common phones so that you can easily turn off your data.

iPhone:

Go to Settings General Network slide Data Roaming, Cellular Data and Enable 3G to off

Android:

Go to Settings Wireless Controls Mobile Network Settings uncheck Data Roaming, Data Enable and 3G Data options

Blackberry:

Go to Options Mobile Network Data Services select Off When Roaming

Windows Phone:

Go to Settings Mobile Network Data Roaming and select Dont Roam

Does this mean you can't use the Internet?

This doesn't mean that you can't use the Internet or perhaps, it means that they won't have Internet access in less you are at a Wi-Fi hotspot. In a lot of areas Wi-Fi hotspots are available, or if you prefer you can bring your own Wi-Fi hotspot, that you could use with multiple phones, laptops and tablet computers. A Wi-Fi hotspot allows you to control your costs more effectively while still ensuring that you have maximum connectivity regardless of where you are in the world.

If you're looking for a Wi-Fi hotspot check them out over here, we think they're great because they have fixed prices, loads of data and you can even rent them if you don't travel often enough to warrant purchasing one.

Written by Luke Duggan — November 20, 2014

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