Monday, 5 October 2015

Avoid Roaming Charges and still use RouteShoot abroad this winter

Worried about roaming charges on your winter sports holiday? 

By planning ahead it is possible to have maps and GPS positioning on your phone without incurring data charges.

Most smartphones data roam by default, and this allows you to get instant notifications from apps such as Facebook and Twitter. However you can turn this off and still use RouteShoot, which, unlike Google Maps, does not require data roaming.

Top tips for using your phone abroad:

Switch off data roaming:

  • iPhone – Settings > General > Cellular > Data Roaming – Off.
  • Android – Uncheck data roaming at Settings>Wireless & Networks >Mobile Networks.

If you want to use data roaming when abroad:

Contact your network provider to talk about data bundles available to purchase.

Maintain battery power:

If you have taken your phone abroad in case of an emergency, battery power is essential. Reducing the brightness of your screen and closing any apps running in the background will increase your battery life.

Use free Wi-Fi:

Identify a cafe or restaurant offering free Wi-Fi and use this to do any data applications, such as checking your emails, or social media.

Buy a local sim card:

If you are staying for a long period of time consider purchasing a local pay as you go sim card with a pre-installed data bundle.