Alternatively, you can turn off only your “data roaming”, allowing you to send/receive calls and texts (be aware of international calling and texting rates) but without racking up huge charges for international data.
Unlock your smart phone and purchase an international SIM card.
plan includes unlimited texting and data in over 120 countries. International voice
calls are a flat rate of 20 cents per minute, and there are no roaming
charges for data or texting.
Use Wi-Fi as much as possible.
Download the Free Wi-Fi Finder app use your phone’s GPS to find free Wi-Fi in your destination. Or, sign up for global wifi access through a network like Boingo, where you will be able to tap into over a million hot spots around the world. Recently, American Express has added complimentary Boingo Wireless as a benefit for their Platinum Card members.
Download offline apps like City Maps 2Go and OsmAnd…online maps use a lot of data AND your battery life.
Use Skype, Google Voice, WhatsApp, FaceTime or Facebook Messenger to talk or text for free when you are connected to Wi-Fi. By purchasing an inexpensive per minute plan, you can call to a phone number on Skype…the person on the other line won’t even know you are on Skype.