The Smart Travelers Guide to Using Your Smartphone Abroad

It’s Never Been Easier or Cheaper to Reach Out and Touch Someone on a Trip

Alter Botanischer Garten, Munich

By Paul Riegler on 27 November 2016
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Using your mobile phone or smartphone abroad requires

a.) A local SIM
b.) Wi-Fi Connectivity
c.) Outrageous data roaming fees
d.) None of the above

If you chose “d, none of the above” you probably don’t need to read the rest of this article. Otherwise, please continue.

While many travelers fantasize about disconnecting from the digital world while relaxing on a trip, the reality is that most have come to rely on the devices for everything from maps and directions to selecting restaurants. Holding a map while walking around the city center would mark you as a tourist and probably a target for criminal activity at that.

While the smart way of traveling is to let your Apple Watch discretely alert you to where to turn left or right, smartphones are still the prevalent means of getting directions.

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The good news is that it’s no longer necessary to unlock your phone and buy a local SIM, which would burden you with a new and local number that you’d have to distribute to those with whom you wish to stay in touch.

Today, the major mobile phone companies – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless – offer attractive options for travelers and T-Mobile, in particular, has brought the cost of data roaming so close to zero that it is, in fact, zero.

Click here to continue to Page 2T-Mobile’s Free High-Speed Data Roaming

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