We’ve put together a few tips to help you maximise the benefits of your service when roaming while minimising your costs. For more info on international roaming, such as how to activate and use your service while overseas, visit this article.
Before you go
Check out the countries that roaming is available and the rates here
Keep your phone secure by noting the Serial Number of your phone in case it is lost or stolen
Pack your mobile phone battery charger and an electrical plug adaptor
Download the latest version of the My Account App to help monitor your usage
Keep your device safe by having a strong password or PIN and use your screen lock to avoid unintended calls or messages
Consider turning off cellular data / data roaming in your phone settings while overseas
Use WiFi where available
While roaming, take advantage of available WiFi connections instead of using your mobile data.
Rather than making calls or SMS use good old-fashioned email or why not use social media like Facebook to send communications en-masse?
Use mobile applications (like Skype) which make calls using your data. Remember, you will still have to pay for any mobile data you use while accessing these kinds of apps so consider using this only when you have a WiFi connection available.
Don't push it
Consider switching off 'push' notifications (e.g. Facebook updates) as they will automatically add to your data usage and if you're roaming you will incur further data charges.
Purchase a local telco's SIM while overseas to take advantage of competitive call and data rates. Before you go, just make sure your phone is unlocked so you can pop in a local SIM card when you land.
Leave a message for your messengers
Voicemail is not free while roaming. Consider re-recording your voicemail greeting before you go to let people know you’ll be checking it when you’re back. Just dial 212 and follow the prompts to do this. Then switch on unconditional call diversions to Voicemail to stop calls routing to you while overseas.
Don’t get lost
Download offline maps of your destination(s) before you leave, that way you won’t need to use data to check where you’re going.
Turn off updates
Turn off automatic updates and subscriptions to podcasts, internet radio and other streaming media/apps.
We’ve also got great tips on how to manage your data usage while overseas. You can check out our data hints here.
Got any great suggestions of your own? Let us know! We would love to hear from you.