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PostHeaderIcon Roaming Mistakes that Cost you a Fortune Overseas



Mobile roaming overseas is one of the least understood aspects of using your mobile phone, and probably the most expensive. Using your mobile phone overseas can cost a fortune, but you can avoid being battered by a huge bill on your return by avoiding these common mistakes.

BackChat Mobile, the providers of GlobalSIM, the low cost international simcard for travellers, have put together some very useful tips for keeping your roaming costs down these holidays, while still staying in touch.

1. She'll be right
If you wait until the last moment, you will have problems staying in touch, and will land up with a bill of hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. Research the costs of mobile roaming, as well as the alternatives.

2. Assume your roaming calls are in your capped plan
Roaming calls always fall outside your normal capped plan. So you pay for your cap plus any roaming calls.

3. Use normal roaming
Don't assume you have to use your normal Telstra, Optus or Vodafone roaming service. This is a sure way to get a huge bill when you get back.  Look for alternative international GlobalSIMs, like that from BackChat Mobile.

4. Use roaming data services
Turn off all data services - when roaming you pay up to $20 per MB of data. Be especially careful with iPhone roaming data, and all ‘smartphones'.

5. Have lengthy conversation
At up to $5 to $10 per minute for a roaming call, even a short call can be exorbitant. Keep calls short, and don't chat.

6. SMS "Chatting"
Using text messaging is a great way to keep your costs down. However, avoid sms ‘conversations' - make each sms as comprehensive as possible. It is often cheaper to make a quick call than sending multiple text messages when overseas.

7. Forgetting to purchase a low cost Global SIM before you leave
These specialist mobile roaming simcards will guarantee that you don't get a nasty surprise when you return, with savings up around $500 per trip! Also, the BackChat Mobile GlobalSIM has free incoming calls in over 50 countries. (www.backchatmobile.com.au)

BackChat's GlobalSIMs can be ordered online www.backchatmobile.com.au, or from many travel agents and mobile phone dealers. Call for your closest stockist on 1300 422 252