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Smart phones, data charges and American cell phone providers

Travel Forums General Talk Smart phones, data charges and American cell phone providers

1. Posted by EaLaSpada (Budding Member, 78 posts) 21 Jul '10 11:28

Question for all Americans who travel with smart phones: any advice for handling astronomical data charges when traveling internationally? I have had access to amazing travel app tools for a couple of years now, but have been afraid to avail myself of their use outside the USA, not to mention twitter and facebook. To my knowledge, no American cell phone service provider has a decent international plan. I'm interested in hearing what you guys do.

Just one qualifier: if you are a person who prefers not to be strapped to technology while traveling, more power to you, but I'm looking for responses from travelin' gadget geeks like myself. No need to encourage me to absorb my surroundings without electronic entanglements. It's too late.

Also, if this question has been addressed a million times before in another section, my apologies--I couldn't find a reference to it.

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin, 5572 posts) 21 Jul '10 12:24

I'm like you and tend to switch off data when travelling :( The same holds true for just travelling across the border to Sweden for me for example! My only 'tactic' is to always try and find hotels with free wifi so I can at least hook up once or twice a day. There tend to also be a few hot spots around the bigger cities...

3. Posted by SassyKitty (Budding Member, 46 posts) 28 Jul '10 23:32

I'm with Verizon, I'm not sure about data charges, but I do know they charge a premium for calls but nothing at all for texting. The idea about hooking up to wi-fi just might work though, will have to try that one.

4. Posted by EaLaSpada (Budding Member, 78 posts) 5 Sep '10 13:55

My apologies--I should have thanked you both for your input ages ago! Sorry and thanks!