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How to Avoid International Wireless Roaming Rates


When traveling outside of the country, it is important to consider your cell phone usage. If you do not want to get hit up for international roaming charges that can add up to a lot of money, you will have to take active steps to avoid it. International roaming charges occur when you are outside of your country and you use your phone to either text or call someone, or when someone texts or calls you.

Research your cell carrier’s international rates and plans. Most cell carriers will have an add on plan that will attach to your current plan that will allow for a set number of phone calls and text messages made from outside your country.

Call your cell phone carrier and ask to have the feature put on your phone. The feature will be pro-rated. So, if you only use it for a week while you are out of the country, then you won’t be billed for the full month’s amount. Use your cell phone, but be sure not to go outside the set amount of minutes given to you by the feature. Alternatively, if you do not wish to get an additional feature, turn your phone off and keep it off while you are in another country.

Tips & Warnings

  1. If you are not going to get the international roaming feature, be sure to keep your cell phone off while you are out of the country. Some cell phone users do not realize that if they let a call go to voice mail after it rings while they are in another country, they will still have to pay roaming charges.