3 Data Roaming Tips Guaranteed to save data & money on your next trip overseas

This holiday season be ready to travel smart armed with these 3 important data roaming tips guaranteed to save data and money during your travels.

Switch off 3G connections and use WiFi only

Switching off your 3G connection is not always a simple process, but doing so can save you real money when you travel. On some phones and the iPhone/iPad you can just turn off the “disable cellular” option, and on Android devices you can turn this off in the wireless settings option.

Once you are operating on WiFi only, you can safely browse the internet and email away. Wi-Fi is available in many international airports, hotels and restaurants. You will not billed for data downloaded over Wi-Fi.

However, keep in mind that even though your phone supports Wi-Fi and you are in a Wi-Fi hotspot, it doesn’t mean that your phone is not using cellular technology. Turning off cellular data on your phone will restrict all data to Wi-Fi. You must make sure the settings are correct on your phone.

To turn off cellular data on your iPhone, go to:
Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data > Off

Fetch New Data only when you need it & Turn Off Automatic Updates

You can set your iPhone or iPad to check your email accounts less often. Turn Fetch New Data “OFF” to check mail manually instead of having the data pushed to your smartphone automatically. This way you can control the flow of data coming to your smartphone.

Turning off background app refreshes and also auto updates will save you lots of data, and on the bright side, it will prolong your phone’s battery life as well.

a) Turn off “Fetch New Data”
Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data > Off
Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data > Tap on your Mail account > tap Manually

b) Turn off automatic app updates
Settings > iTunes & App Store > Updates > Off
Settings > iTunes & App Store > Use Cellular Data > Off

c) Turn off Background App Refresh
Settings > General > Background App Refresh > Off

Get a local prepaid SIM card with data included

Take note! This is probably the most important tip for you to be able to use the internet and send and receive email while abroad. If you are going to be overseas in the same country for more than 2 days, get a local SIM card provisioned with data and voice services. This is by far the cheapest way to access data while overseas.

Many countries require photo ID to buy a pre-paid SIM so be sure to bring your passport with you. While in certain countries pre-paid SIMs can be easily found in airports and convenience stores, a smart traveler should always be prepared in a foreign country. Here we have compiled a list of local SIMs and where to buy them for your convenience.

For those who prefer less hassle of searching for a SIM card in a foreign country, you have the opportunity to get a FLEXIROAM DATA SIM card before you travel. The Flexiroam Data SIM comes with unlimited data from as low as RM30/day and caters to travelers heading to Japan, Korea, Europe & more. You can find out more about the UNLIMITED DATA SIM here →

As always, be a smart traveler, avoid roaming charges, travel with FLEXIROAM unlimited roaming.

Happy holidays!