Four ways to keep your phone bill in check when travelling abroad

Picture this… you’re lounging on the beach, the sound of waves lapping along the shoreline, when suddenly you receive a notification on your smartphone. Tranquility leads to panic as you realize your device is on – which means it’s probably roaming – and you could be on the hook for unexpected charges.

We’ve all been there (yes, even us TELUS team members). But it doesn’t have to be this way!

As many Canadians prep to head abroad for some sun and fun as part of Spring and March Break, we thought it would be a good time to share some of our top tips for avoiding surprise roaming charges while travelling. Keep them handy now, or any time you travel!

#1: Buy a Travel Pass

panda-map-with-legsWhen travelling, the best way to buy some peace of mind is to add a travel pass to your mobile account before you leave. TELUS travel passes provide a savings of 50-90 per cent off regular pay-per-use rates and give you the flexibility and peace of mind to use your phone more freely without any surprises. Check out TELUS’s travel packages.

#2: Disable all Things Push

Another easy way to save on roaming is to turn off all of the alerts you normally receive on your phone. Does your phone fetch new mail every 15 minutes? Does your phone ding every time someone posts on your Facebook wall? Turn those features off and set them to manual fetch. Do apps update in the background? Make them stop by going into the app settings and turning off push notifications.

#3: Turn Off Data Roaming and use secure WiFi

Most smartphones have a settings option that allows you to turn off data roaming. With one swipe you’ll curb potential data charges while still being able to send and receive texts, as well as make phone calls. Tap into free WiFi at your hotel or restaurant and keep your phone on “Airplane Mode” when you’re away from secure WiFi.

#4: Consider unlocking your device and picking up an International SIM

If you’re fortunate enough to be headed abroad for an extended period of time and don’t mind using a temporary local number, you may want to consider unlocking your device before you go and buying a prepaid local SIM card once yoRoaming Off_with circleu land. This will allow you to tap into the local network and pay local network rates. TELUS offers easy and affordable unlocking for a fee of $35.

Have any travel tips of your own? Share them in the comments! And if you’re interested in learning more, check out our Travel Page.