Mobile phone users planning on travelling abroad over the festive period have been warned about the excesses of making calls from overseas.
Price comparison website moneysupermarket.com has issued the advice, as many Britons look to escape the bad weather that has blighted the UK in recent weeks.
Many network providers charge substantially more for international phone calls and in some cases, inclusive talk minutes and text message packages are not accounted for when abroad.
The increasing popularity of smartphone devices such as BlackBerry and iPhone gadgets can also lead to problems, the company added.
Many people who use such technology often do so to download content from the internet.
However, mobiles and broadband manager at moneysupermarket.com Mike Wilson has advised such activity to be kept to a minimum while away from home.
"You should make sure you have turned off data functions before setting off to avoid any extra charges as you may not even be aware your phone is automatically roaming," he commented.
Mr Wilson also suggested that those who find using their handsets while on holiday a necessity should seek guidance from network operators before travelling.
A lot of providers implement roaming functions that can cut down on the inflated costs attached to making calls from abroad, while another top tip from the firm is to explore the advantages of using a local SIM card.
"I would also advise checking whether there is a cheaper international tariff available if you want to use your phone without returning to a hefty bill on the doorstep," Mr Wilson added.
Such problems could become a thing of the past if proposals by the European Union (EU) come to fruition.
The organisation has lamented the existence of excessive charges placed on tourists travelling within EU states and has called for the situation to be reviewed.
Added fees have witnessed a decline in the past five years and the body hopes to see the charges become obsolete by 2015.