What To Do When Taking Your Smartphone / Tablet Overseas

Phones are all about turning off data roaming on
your current phone so your apps don’t dial out and you don’t access those apps
from your “ current sim “and end up on Today Tonight with a massive phone bill due to data charges.

First when leaving – Turn off cellular data

Phones need to be unlocked , this
needs to be done at least a week before you go

Options For Making Phone Calls 

Purchase a local sim card in the
country you are visiting , then redirect your phone number to your new number

Purchase a travel sim from Australia – 3 travel sims
that you can get

is designed for occasional travellers to swap into their phones while overseas,
which means they can’t be contacted via the Australian number. To make a call
you dial the number, the phone hangs up and then the TravelSIM service calls
you back and connects the call. It sounds complicated but you soon get the hang
of it. It’s a pre-paid service with no monthly fee, but your credit expires if
you haven’t made a call for six months.


Meanwhile Truphone’s Tru
SIM is targeted at regular travellers who want to use the same SIM and phone
number when at home and abroad. The Tru SIM is pre-paid, although Truphone also
offers post-paid plans for business users.
Tru SIM isn’t a callback service like TravelSIM, so you can make calls the way
you normally would. You can port your existing Australian mobile number to your
Tru SIM, plus you can add a US or UK number to the same SIM for an extra $8 per

Woolworths Global Roaming Sim 

Global roaming sim which
includes data for apps , email etc – 1GB data is $21

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Your Own Internet With You

Buy a portable WIFI Hotspots where you can connect up to 5 devices.

When you look at the cost of hotel wifi in some London hotels $8 an hour to $20 – $30 a day , this can be a far better option 

There is also the McDonalds and coffees shop wifi but security is much better with your
own connection .

Your own internet connection can be Ideal for maps , Google maps or
Apple maps

which come with turn by turn navigation – ideal
for holidays so you don’t get lost.

Author: Adelaide Techguy

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

One thought

  1. Interesting article. I find Woolworths Global Roaming to be the best value SIM as its only $29 (with $10 credit) VS $50 for the TravelSIM card!They’ve really good rates especially with their voice & data bundles.

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