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4 tips for using your smartphone cheaply abroad

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Although you no longer have to pay roaming charges within Europe you still have to pay them outside Europe. Just continuing to use your smartphone then becomes a costly joke. And especially if you consume internet to order an Uber, for example. Here we give you some tips to avoid crazy costs with your smartphone abroad.

1 Contact your provider

The first step you should always take is to contact your provider. For example, there are providers such as Orange where you can buy a package that also allows you to make free calls outside of Europe and even have internet in some cases. In the other and most common case, you should ask your provider to block your number during your trip. This prevents unexpected costs afterwards. Because just using a smartphone abroad can add up seriously, often without you even realizing it.

2 Buy local number

You can also purchase a local number at your destination that will also allow you to access the Internet. In countries like Mexico, this is even very cheap. There you pay 20 euros for a month of unlimited internet access. If you want a number to call, make sure you get a subscription that allows you to call abroad. You can often find these subscriptions at the airport, but they are more expensive than regular subscriptions. It is better to delay your purchase, if possible, until you can go to a local store for a SIM card.

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3 Whatsapp and Messenger

Nowadays, every hotel or Airbnb in the world has a good Wi-Fi connection. In that case, you can keep in touch with the home front mainly with apps like WhatsApp and Messenger. These work perfectly over wifi and you can also make calls with them these days. The disadvantage is that you can only use this in your (hotel) room or in (public) places where you have wifi such as restaurants for example. So to be able to order an Uber cab this way is always a risk because you don’t know in advance where there will be wifi. This is the cheapest way to use your smartphone abroad though.

4 Buy prepaid for emergency

You can also purchase a prepaid card in your home country before you leave. You use this card only for emergencies. This way you can be sure that you can call if needed, but also that you will never overpay afterwards. Because when your card is empty, your money runs out and the ability to call or text stops. Please note that this prepaid will work outside of Europe if you are traveling outside of Europe. This is not very cheap, as 20 euros will not get you very long if you need to make a call. But you do avoid larger charges on your subscription.

What do you do with your smartphone while abroad?

What do you do with your smartphone while abroad to minimize costs? Be sure to let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.