BILL SHOCK: Five-step guide to avoid hefty data roaming fees

BILL SHOCK: Five-step guide to avoid hefty data roaming fees

Fri October 11, 2013 2:14pm

MOBILE phone providers are finally starting to realise that charging customers exorbitant fees for using their phone overseas only serves to further alienate them from their services.

Recently Vodafone announced customers would be able to use their mobile phone overseas for just an extra $5 a day.

Currently the plan only applies to the UK, the US and New Zealand but Vodafone CEO Bill Morrow said it would soon be expanding to other areas of the globe.

The plans are designed to discourage people from having to temporarily switch providers by purchasing a local SIM card to avoid hefty phone bills.

Vodafone’s new roaming plans undercut local competitor Optus who last week released $10 a day travel packs which provide users with unlimited access to calls and texts in Europe, the US, Asia, Canada and the Pacific Islands.

Not with Vodafone or Optus?

Here are some other tips from the archives to make sure you're not charged a small fortune in roaming fees while travelling overseas. While the instructions are for Apple devices the principles apply for others, too.

1. Turn off data roaming AND location services.

You will still be able to use some location services like Google Maps even though roaming is switched off. This can happen for a number of reasons - just because you're in a wi-fi hotspot doesn't mean it's working. Location services could be eating up your data allowance and this will cost far more internationally than at home.

To turn off data roaming go to Settings, General, Network and then switch Data Roaming, Cellular Data and Enable 3G to off.

Once that is complete go back to Settings, hit Location Services and switch it to off.

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