Figuring out how to stay in contact with people in the United States while traveling overseas can be a bit daunting. International calls, texts, voice, and data rates are not something to consider lightly, as the charges can rapidly escalate into thousands of dollars if you turn your phone on while abroad without doing any research first. Don’t let this intimidate you to the extent where you find yourself leaving your contact information with the instructions to “call me maybe.”
International Roaming Charges
Do you know that data roaming charges can quickly accrue on a smart phone simply by powering it on in a foreign country? Your e-mail and other applications will attempt to update just like they do at home but at an immense cost. This can happen if you don’t turn the data function off or if you don’t secure a special international plan with your mobile provider before your trip. Imagine being welcomed home by a cell phone bill totaling over a thousand dollars, and you didn’t even make a call from it while you were away? It happens all the time.
Purchasing a Cell Phone Overseas
If you don’t travel overseas frequently, purchasing a phone locally after your flights to Europe have touched down may not be the ideal option for you either. In this case, you won’t be able to leave a contact number for people to reach you before flying abroad.
Switching Your Phone‚Äôs SIM Card
Changing out your SIM card can be quite complicated (not all phones have these, or if they do, they may not be able to accept an international SIM card). If you don’t know what you’re doing while unlocking your phone, you could void your device’s warranty, or particular components may not function with a different card.
Rent a Cell Phone with Auto Europe
Although the lyrics to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” are extremely popular right now, this song’s message isn’t a good trend to follow when it comes to deciding on whether or not to accept international calls overseas. Have no fear, because there is another option! Rent an international cell phone from our sister company Auto Europe. If you reside within the United States,* then you can request a mobile phone be sent to you before you leave, and¬†once you have returned from your trip, drop it in the mail . It works in over 65 countries and voicemail is a standard feature. Auto Europe also rents GPS devices; if you plan on driving while abroad, be sure to ask for more information about the rates when you speak with a reservation agent. Call Auto Europe toll-free at 1-888-223-5555.
*Cell phone and GPS rental are only available within the United States.