Using your Mobile Phone Whilst Abroad (global Sim Card)

By: Gary Parsons

We naturally turn to our networks when looking at taking our mobile phones abroad, not giving a second's thought to what other services are available to us and if there's much difference in cost.

Several companies have now spotted there is a gap in the market and are working with mobile operators throughout the world to help reduce rates for those of us who travel abroad on our family's annual holiday. For these occasions; contacting your operator and activating a roaming tariff on your account is probably best.

However, if you expect to make several calls whilst away then you should look at other alternatives. One of your options is to purchasing a pre-pay sim card (generally known as a "global sim card"). This will cost you around ?25 and will usually come complete with a small amount of credit, with the option of adding to this whilst away, either online or by phone. It's important you remember to pass the details of your new sim card to family and friends as you will be assigned a different phone number and is completely separate to any contract you have in place already.

You will need to ensure that your phone is not locked for use on your network only and is also a tri-band phone; meaning it will work on different types of mobile networks other than in the UK. If you do not have this type of phone then there are usually different mobile phone deals available from card retailers, obviously coming at an added cost.

By choosing this method, you are expected to save up to 90% compared to using the roaming tariff offered by your existing network.

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