Using your Mobile Phone Whilst Abroad (add-on Services)

By: Gary Parsons

Many of us regard our mobile phones to be an essential item, especially when travelling abroad. Even more important for the business minded of us who need to be contactable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, no matter where in the world we are. It is also important for those of us who travel regularly, perhaps on frequent holidays or to visit family in other countries.

Many alternatives exist; whether arranging with your operator to activate a roaming tariff on your account, purchasing a global sim card or seeking out a service that combines the two without the need to constantly add credit to your phone. For the purpose of this article we will call them 'Add-on Services'; meaning that you can approach a third party who will work with your network operator to add an additional service to your account.

The biggest and greatest benefit of this method is that, as mentioned above, you do not need to constantly add credit to your phone unlike other types of services. All calls are added to a monthly itemised bill and are separate to any mobile phone deals you have in place with you existing provider.

You will also be able to keep your existing telephone number, which is often an unavoidable problem if you are unexpectedly travelling abroad and family or friends are unaware. This type of service will forward calls to a different 'local number' which will be assigned to you on activation. Dependent on the provider, it's best to call ahead to ensure that your phone is setup and will work in the country you're travelling to.

As with similar services, other than those offered on your network's roaming tariff, you're expected to save up to 90% on calls made.

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