Nowadays, the smartphone has become a must-have when traveling. Not only that it makes your life easier, but it might even completely change your trip by showing you the best places to see, to eat or to visit. That’s why you have to prepare your phone beforehand, just like you have to pack your bags and other necessities. Here are some tips to help you get the best advantages of an Android phone when you prepare to travel.
Local SIM cards
If you’re planning to spend more time in a foreign country, and your mobile data plan costs a whole bunch when it comes to international calls, a local SIM card might be the best option. Usually, SIM cards are cheap and easy to use, but make sure you choose a pay-as-you-go one, so that you won’t end up having a contract in another country. More importantly, make sure that your phone is SIM-unlocked!
Obviously, this is one of the easiest options to have online access, but at the same time it’s the most expensive alternative. Most carriers charge some huge prices for Internet, presumably due to the agreements they have to sign with other countries. However, they are not really paying that much for it, and by June 2017 the European Union plans to equalize the prices in all the countries. That’s why you need to inform yourself before using data roaming.
Verify the cellular frequencies
Different mobile phone providers from different areas might be relying on various frequencies or bandwidths for networks. That’s why if your phone has a different frequency than the one in the country you’re visiting, you might even not be able to use it, or it will function in a limited manner.
Make sure your app sync is off
Usually this feature is awesome when you’re regularly using the phone, since this means that whenever you access an app, you will have all the updated content in front of your eyes, in no time. However, when you’re in a foreign country, this might be a problem, not only because it might bring some additional costs, but also because public Wi-Fi connections are not really protected and you might have some security issues.
Stay in touch with people
Most people are using WhatsApp, and this is obvious if you take a look at the statistics, where you can see that it has more than 1 billion active users. However, this is not the only app, and it would be useful to switch to other apps if you want to keep in touch. And thank God, you have where to choose from: Viber, Skype, WeChat or KakaoTalk are used all around the globe.