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Avoiding Mobile Phone Costs Abroad

If you have ever made the unfortunate mistake of using your phone abroad without buying a special bundle from your phone provider first, you may well have had a nasty shock. Roaming charges are exorbitant, so the news that the EU are considering slashing mobile phone roaming charges from October is long overdue.

Until that happy day arrives though, you still need to be cautious about using your phone abroad, so here’s how to use your phone on holiday this summer without it costing you dear.

Buy a Bundle
Most phone providers offer a bolt on data roaming bundle for using your phone abroad, but do check what happens if you go over the limit. Calls can be very expensive if you do.

Switch Off Data Roaming
Because your phone can automatically connect with the internet when away, make sure data roaming is switched off.

Voicemail
Although you can’t be charged for receiving voicemail in the EU, if calls are diverted to your voicemail, remember that listening to them abroad will cost you.

Check your Mobile Phone Insurance Policy
If your phone is lost or stolen abroad, check that your policy covers you for unauthorised calls. Always be sure to report a stolen phone to the police and phone provider within 24 hours to avoid having your claim refused, and remember that you can be liable for unauthorised calls made before you report it. If your phone is just lost, it’s still a good idea to contact your provider to block it.
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