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Avoid costly holiday roaming charges


Modern smartphones can make life easier for travelers in a number of ways. Handsets such as the Apple iPhone 5 have a range of built-in apps, plus thousands more available to download allowing users to do everything from booking a hotel to checking flight times.

However, despite the fact that applications such as mapping become increasingly useful when in an unfamiliar country, using them could incur some unexpected data charges. No one wants to come home from a relaxing vacation to be hit with a hefty bill, so why not take some simple steps to keep charges to a minimum?

Some providers offer users the chance to purchase a bundle before they go abroad. For example, if you’ve one of the sim only deals from EE it’s possible to purchase an add-on that means you can continue to use your device as you would at home. Prices vary depending on the part of the world you’re in and whether or not you have roaming included as part of your plan but could be a good way to ensure your usage doesn’t creep beyond what you want to spend. If you’re a regular traveler then it might also be worth finding out if a deal can be struck as part of your monthly tariff.

Of course, many people will find they can quite comfortably do without their mobile at certain times during their break, so you might find it’s worth turning it off or disabling data roaming in settings.

If you own an iPhone 5 then you’ll find this is automatically off so that data sapping apps such as email and maps will not continue to function as they normally would, unless you decide to activate them.

As savvy individuals will already be aware, one way that costs can be cut is by making use of Wi-Fi whenever possible. Many hotels, cafes and bars are happy to provide this to customers, so it’s always worth asking before you go online.

And if you’re struggling to find a suitable location or want to plan ahead before your arrival then it might be worth downloading an app such as Free Wi-Fi Finder. This allows users to look up hotspots in a particular geographical area or use their location settings to find places offering access nearby. It’s said to cover more than 145,000 access points worldwide so there’s every chance it might be able to provide you with the results you desire.