When traveling abroad, many cellphone users fail to recognize their data plan is constantly in use, even when they think their phone isn't. The Better Business Bureau encourages those going abroad to take steps in preventing unnecessary charges.
The BBB advises consumers to do the following with their cellphone and cellphone provider in preparation for a trip abroad:
- Turn off your phone. If you don't need your phone and don't plan to use it while traveling abroad, turn it off. Another option is to rent or buy an international cell phone. Many rental plans offer services that work in several countries and may provide free incoming calls.
- Contact your cellphone provider. Cellphone users generally know not to make calls or send text messages while out of their coverage area or abroad. For the occasional traveler it may be worth looking into an international add-on plan. Your cellphone carrier can provide specific tips that cater to the roaming needs of your individual cellphone and data plan.
- Invest in a prepaid SIM card. For frequent, chatty travelers or long-term travelers consider investing in a prepaid SIM card. With access to a local phone number, vacationers will be able to make phone calls at the country's local rate.
- Check with your BBB. Travelers should always check with your BBB before choosing an international service provider.
For more information, visit www.bbb.org.