Euro roaming capped!
Euro roaming capped! Good news for mobile phone users! The cost of making and receiving calls in the European Union is going down again! As of 1st July 2011, the maximum that can now be charged by operators is 32p per minute for making and 10p per minute for receiving calls (exclusive of applicable taxes).
If you're off on holiday soon, check out our tips to stop your mobile bill giving you the post-holiday blues.
Call your provider in advance
If you intend to use your mobile whilst travelling, it's always best to call your provider before you leave to see if your handset can be used abroad and also to check if they offer an international roaming package that suits you.
Capped call and data usage
Providers now offer to cap your data and call minutes while abroad (some providers do this automatically). This means you can control your costs and avoid ending up with a mammoth bill. Your provider will send you an SMS message if you are approaching your set limit and may suggest various options to increase it if required. Current legislation requires all providers to apply a £42 cut-off limit if you haven't put your own cap in place.
Disable your 3G network
You could save money simply by turning off your data connection when not in use which means applications won't update without you realising and emails won't download automatically. This way you are more in control about when, where and how long you are using your phone's resources, and the resultant bills.
Many hotels have wireless internet and, as a guest, you may have free access to it. Even if you have to pay a charge, a set fee could get you unlimited usage or a set number of minutes to use. This can be cheaper than your network's roaming charge. You can also set your phone to tell you when a Wi-Fi connection is available; fee or no fee, at least you'll know what your options are.
You may be charged to listen to voicemail messages whilst abroad, so consider turning off your voicemail before you go - that way you'll also avoid notifications that will tempt you into checking.
Uploading pictures / social networking
It's very easy to get caught out here! Data is charged by the megabyte and using a data service abroad will usually be outside of your usual price plan, costing several pounds just for 1MB. This is especially so when visiting North America where it's costlier than Europe. If you prefer to upload your current holiday snaps to Facebook or Twitter, check the cost with your provider before you go!
Wherever you decide to travel and however you decide to get there, Flexicover Direct, the travel insurance specialist, is committed to providing the highest level of service to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.
If you are travelling soon, have a great trip!