A recent survey conducted by World Travel Market has revealed that Brits abroad are still frittering away their hard earned pennies on expensive data roaming charges when they use their mobiles abroad.
Roaming charges in some popular holiday destinations can climb up to an astonishing £3 per gigabyte, but this still hasn’t put off an estimated 42% of British holiday goers who said they’ve still got the urge to use their mobiles whilst sprawled on the beach.
EU regulations have recently addressed the issue of soaring data costs on the continent by capping the amount networks can charge. But despite these changes, customers can still rack up crippling bills which await them on their return to Blighty. Especially for those who seek sunnier climbs outside of Europe. Money saving aficionados put forward various measures to help us save our hard earned cash whilst soaking up the sun.
Instead of making that ‘wish you were here’ call to a friend, consider sending a text. It is often cheaper to send a text and most of the major networks allow you to receive a text whilst abroad without a whacking great charge.
Turning off your ‘data roaming’ means that your mobile phone won’t spend a small fortune on searching for networks. Many mobile apps (such as push email and notifications) can, rather sneakily, connect to the internet periodically without you being aware.
Networks are now starting to sell mobile phone contracts that are specifically tailored for the traveller who know they will be spending a noticeable chunk of the year outside of the EU, it may be worth looking in to an international call package, or simply a data bolt-on option.
Finally, the most obvious trick is to simply turn off your mobile phone and enjoy the sun!