This post is for those who are travelling out-of-country but want to avoid being charged any roaming fees. I know that most people are hesitant to even bother taking their cell phone with them on their trip just so they can avoid that frustrating glance at bill when you get home.
Believe it or not, there is more that you can do than just changing your settings to ‘Airplane Mode’ option. That’s the obvious #1 on this list, but most people forget that you don’t have to go completely off the map if you don’t want to.
1. Turn your phone to Airplane mode (the obvious one).
This can be done in Settings. It turns your phone into an iPod touch and disables all communication with your cell network, thus eliminating the possibility for data or usage charges.
2. Turn your Wifi ON
Turning on your wifi whenever you are near a wireless network. This doesn’t affect Airplane mode yet still allows you to use any of your apps that use data. Once you have found a solid wifi connection, you can proceed to try tips 3,4 and 5.
3. Use iMessage to communicate iPhone to iPhone
Have you ever wondered why sometimes your text messages are blue, while others are green? That’s because blue messages indicate that you have sent the message through iMessage, not just through your cell network. So if you see this above message, then click cancel and proceed to send a text message to another iPhone user. No charges will come your way.
4. Use Skype
Many people have Skype accounts and use them occasionally. If it’s well planned, then Skype is an easy fall-back for any quick communication. Also, if you’re nervous that your Skype call will still charge you, then install the Skype Wifi App which is the fail-safe app designed with all the same features of the full app, but without any ability to connect to a cellular network so you really don’t have to worry about any charges . . . just in case you were.
5. Try the Walkie Talkie Approach with ‘Voxer’
My favourite option on this list is using an app called Voxer. It turns your phone into a walkie-talkie and works great on the road. Of course, you need to ensure that you are connected to a Wifi, but it is a very fun way to communicate if you don’t want to leave a voicemail, or you can’t reach anyone on Skype. This app also has the ability to send text messages and pictures. It may sound too simple, but if you’ve ever tried it, it’s a blast to use the old ‘push and talk’ technique to share your travelling experience with your friends back home.
That’s all! Thanks for reading.