How to get the Best Reception Signals while travelling
HELLO ! HELLO !… Can You Hear Me Now?
Getting reception and signals is hard enough at home. What do you do when you are traveling abroad? Many traditional travelers will argue that the point of traveling is to get away from your own culture and friends and to completely immerse yourself in another world, subsequently leaving your ‘Mobile’ / ‘Tab’ at home.
But as the capabilities of cell phones and other communication devices continues to improve, an increasing number of travelers are beginning to see the advantage of having a mobile communication device while traveling abroad. And as the tourism industry takes note of this trend, they are making it easier to communicate using mobile devices, especially in European countries like France, Spain, England, Sweden and others quickly catching up.
There are two recommended ways of using your cell phone when traveling abroad. Consider your needs and choose what best fits you:
SIM Cards Abroad- some travelers find that simply leaving their usual SIM card at home and purchasing a new SIM card at their foreign destination is much easier. This works best with an old cell phone that has been turned on, that is, not the phone you use every day. If you use your primary phone, you are at risk for accruing astronomical roaming rates since most phone carriers will charge you just to have the power turned on. By unlocking an old phone and inserting a SIM card from the country you are visiting, the temptation to whip out your cell phone to call your best friend, aunt, or neighbor to tell them about your latest European adventure while paying an exorbitant amount in roaming charges becomes a non- issue.
Using a new SIM card purchased in the country you are visiting will help you to avoid roaming charges. Since there is typically a fixed rate, you will know how to budget your expected mobile expense for the trip. Leaving more money for that extra cocktail on the beach.
Phone Cards- Kiosks in most European cities sell phone cards. They are relatively inexpensive at just cents per minute. The catch is that these phone cards could have limited locations where they actually work. Most phone cards will work in hotel rooms or phone booths, so it does limit your communication capabilities. However, the process for using one is quite simple. Just call the local access code printed on the card, enter in the PIN # also found on the card, and make your call.
Both of these options will allow you to stay in touch during your travels, but a SIM card can give you more choices. Using an international SIM card on a phone with internet access can do everything from supply you with maps if you get lost, or make dinner reservations on the go. The most important part is to be able to tell everyone your experiences on your trip as you go along.