How to avoid out-of-pack abroad

The unpleasant surprise of the exorbitant bill on return from vacation is not an isolated case and we have seen it again recently. So, to avoid any unpleasant surprises, Moyens I/O has prepared a small file/tutorial not to be out of the box abroad (here we will talk about the European example).

Check your plan in detail.

The first thing you need to do is look at your plan in detail and see if you can consume data abroad, as well as whether your SMS, MMS and calls are included. For this, we will have prepared a file for you with the best offers on packages for foreign countries.

You should know that roaming fees will disappear in Europe by June 2017 and roaming fees are gradually decreasing. Currently the prices are as follows: €0.05/min for outgoing calls, €0.02/SMS for outgoing SMS and 0.05€/Mb for data. You should know that receiving SMS is free.

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Cut data abroad

Of course, in all the puzzling billing cases, the culprit was the internet abroad. Effectively check its connection and it is disastrous, the bill will fly away. One solution is to set a consumption alert. So if you have 3GB data right abroad (usually in Europe), you just need to set a warning in settings before this limit is reached, here’s how to do it:

  • go to settings
  • Click on “data consumption” or “data usage”
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  • Set a consumption limit and reset the time when monitoring starts
  • If the warning is not enough, you can disable mobile data when the limit is reached by enabling the “Set mobile data limit” option.

However, the easiest way to avoid any trouble is to disconnect your mobile data from abroad. Here is the procedure to follow:

  • go to settings
  • Then “Mobile networks” or “Plus” depends on the manufacturer
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  • Uncheck the box for “Data roaming”

So with this manipulation you can be sure that you are not consuming data abroad, but if you really want to be sure of yourself or if you are a bit paranoid like me, 100% sure way, just turn off mobile data. By the way you can do it in France too, it will save your battery when you don’t need the data. To do this, drag the notification bar and hit the data fast setting.

But the problem is when you truncate the data, for example you can’t use Google Maps anymore to find your way around, luckily there are tricks. Let’s take the Map example again, you can download the map of the city you’re going to before you set off, and when you get there you can use the GPS, which does not consume any data.

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Then all you need is access to a free WiFi network to refer to your favorite site (Moyens I/O of course) or Facebook. Many apps in the Play Store allow find free wifi networks. Afterwards, SMS and calls are often unlimited abroad with your package.

  • Also read: How to reduce your data consumption on Android?

If this is not the case, there is no miraculous solution, it’s up to you to be careful or switch to airplane mode entirely, but there your smartphone loses most of its usefulness. We hope this little tutorial was helpful for you to prepare well for your vacation, if you have any other tips, share them in the comments.

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