The best way to get cheap data while travelling.
Data roaming bundles
Use a Data roaming USB
Use apps that don’t need data roaming.
If you think you have enough free WiFi options to get you by the majority of the time you might need something when you are on the move. For example maps.me is essential on any trip as it doesn’t use data (download the map of the country you are visiting before you leave or download it when you have free WiFi). You can plot all the places you want to visit and where your hotel is so you can always find your way back – it’s a lifesaver. Other apps like Triposo are pretty good offline travel guides and Pocket enables you to read articles offline. These apps are all free and do not need an internet connection to operate.
FreedomPop (in the US) also claims to have a “100% Free Basic Plan – 500 texts, 200 minutes, and 500 MB each month” it does work, we tested it, but make sure to cancel the bigger (not free) plan in which they will automatically enroll you for free, but for the first month only! It is easy to forget it and one has to pay the $30 fees for this one at the end of the month! But if you do cancel it before, it is very useful and free.
Local prepaid SIM card
The best option, in my opinion, is the local prepaid SIM card. It is usually much cheaper than back home.
It is possible to stay connected while travelling and not break the bank with international roaming fees. You can either add a travel bundle to your existing phone plan or get a local SIM card in the country you are traveling to.
You can reduce your data roaming charges by following these sneaky tips!
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