UPDATED WITH EU ROAMING RULES IMPLEMENTED JUNE 2017. Are you overwhelmed with what to do with your cell phone in Europe on your upcoming trip? Should you keep your U.S. carrier or get a SIM card? Should you get a local or global SIM card? If you’re renting a car, should you get GPS? You’ve heard about offline maps, but..
You have a U.S. cell phone and plan to travel to Europe soon. You don’t love the idea of spending half of your time looking for free wifi. You want to be able to wander the streets of Paris thanks to Google Maps or post real-time shots of your tasty gelato in Rome on Instagram. This guide provides detailed summaries..
Using your cell phone abroad always meant expensive roaming charges, but some U.S. cell service providers are now offering competitive international plans. The charts below summarizes the best international cell phone plan of the big four providers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon) plus Google’s Project Fi and will help you decide whether you should stick with your current plan or..
You’ve probably heard that you can save money using your cell phone when you travel abroad by changing your SIM card. But your phone must be unlocked to change your SIM card. Unlocking your cell phone can be easier than you think, especially if you have Verizon. Your ability to change your SIM card depends on your cell phone and..
If you have an upcoming trip outside the country, you’ve probably realized that using data while abroad can be pricey. This article will help you understand how much data you typically use and then provide 14 helpful tips to reduce data usage when you travel. Before deciding that you need to reduce your data use, it’s helpful to get a rough..
UPDATED WITH NEW EU ROAMING RULES IMPLEMENTED JUNE 2017. If you have an upcoming trip and are trying to figure out what’s best SIM card for Europe, read this guide! And if you’re not sure what a SIM card even is, click here to learn more. There are two types of SIM cards. Each country has its own “local” SIM cards..
You’ll be driving on an upcoming trip to Europe and don’t want to rely on paper maps. This guide to GPS for Europe is your answer! It walks you through whether to use your smartphone, in-car GPS or a portable dedicated GPS device, including the pros and cons of each and what each means for your cellular data, memory and..
You’re traveling abroad and want to make sure you’re using the best international calling app for your needs. This article will compare the top contenders: FaceTime/iMessage, WhatsApp, Skype, Google Voice and Facebook Messenger, and give you the pros and cons of each (including a handy comparison chart), so you can make the right choice. Calling Facebook Messenger offers video and..
Are you planning to use your smartphone’s navigation system on an upcoming trip and can’t decide whether to rely on offline maps? This guide is for you! It walks you through the difference between online and offline maps, the pros and cons of each and whether using offline maps is for you! Travelers have traditionally needed large amounts of data..
There are a growing number of apps offering offline maps. The apps require you to download a map and then the app uses GPS, which is available offline, to chart your moves. To learn more about how to use offline maps and how they compare to online maps, click here. There are also paid apps for offline maps such as..