So how can I avoid data roaming charges?
Of course if you’re worried about being slapped with a massive phone bill on top of your other holiday expenses, then you can try and avoid costly data roaming charges in the first place; here’s how:
• Switch off data roaming – you’ll be able to turn this off in your phone’s settings, this will ensure that any background apps that use the internet won’t have access to it – so you won’t be charged.
• Use free wi-fi – lots of cafes, restaurants and hotels provide free wi-fi so it’s worth using these hotspots if you know you need to surf the web, call or text your friends and family back home or check some emails.
• Data roaming add ons – check with your service provider, they may offer additional bolt on packages that let you use your phone abroad within certain allowances.
• Buy a local SIM – if you really can’t bear to part with your phone for a week or so then you could consider buying a local pay as you go SIM card, you can then manage your spending and use your phone. You’ll need an unlocked handset though.
Getting the best mobile phone deal
Choosing a mobile phone deal might not be quite as exciting as choosing a holiday, and sadly we don’t compare holidays, but we do compare phones, mobile providers and tariffs – so if you want to see if you’ve got the best package deal out there, then start comparing today, and don’t forget to send us a postcard.
*taken from Ofcom, prices correct as at May 2016