How to avoid shock bills on holiday
When packing for holiday, things like our tablets and smartphones are almost as essential as sun cream these days, but unlike sun cream, they can cost us a lot of money when overseas.
A few years ago, while holidaying in South Africa, a woman was landed with a £2,600 bill after downloading a Neil Diamond, and we’d prefer that not to happen to you. So, here are a few tips to help you out this summer while on your jollies.
Backup before you pack up
Before jetting off it might be an idea to backup all the stuff on your device to a cloud system (Dropbox, Google Drive) or an external hard drive. This way, just in case your belongings go walkabout, you’ll have all your contacts and photos safely stored elsewhere.
Avoiding data roaming costs
It might seem obvious, but turning off the data roaming setting is a good place to start. This'll make sure you don’t automatically connect to the local network provider. You won't be cut off from the modern world though. Don't panic. Wi-Fi to the rescue.
A few years ago it was a rarity to see a local bar with Wi-Fi, but they’re fairly common at holiday hotspots in the EU now.
If you want to tap into a bar or restaurant’s wireless network, make sure it’s password-protected. We also wouldn’t recommend using banking apps if you’re unfamiliar with the owner of the network – just to be safe. On the upside, data roaming costs have been tumbling over the past couple of years, due to an agreement in 2012 that states European companies must meet the agreed maximum prices.
Please note that data costs can be significantly more when travelling outside the EU.
Don’t get lost
If you’re getting sick of sitting by the pool and fancy exploring your new surroundings, you can avoid costly internet charges by saving your maps offline.
When you’re connected to a reliable internet signal, like the wireless one in the hotel, search for where you want to go on the Google Maps app. Once you’ve found it, clear the search bar and type in ‘OK Maps’ – you’ll then be presented with the option to save that area offline. Easy.
The waterproof truth
We've got a load of water-resistant smartphones on offer, to make sure you can get even more from your mobile while around the pool. Check out our range of water and dust-resistant smartphones right here.