How to use data roaming abroad without the huge bill

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Want to post a selfie on the beach this summer? Here's how to use mobile web abroad without the hefty bill.

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Want to post holiday selfies without coming home to a phone bill the size of a Gucci handbag?

Uploading pictures of cocktails, sending bikini selfies or even googling the nearest designer handbag store, the data usage all adds up, and can end up costing you over £1,000 (or a Gucci Soho shoulder bag, if you're into handbag economics).

Want so save your money to buy an actual bag? Follow these handy tips from Understanding Mobile Data For Dummies:

  1. Pick the right tariff for you. If you like streaming content, you need a tariff with a large data allowance

  2. Be careful which apps you use. Some free ones can drain your data allowance with advertising (Facebook, for example)

  3. Keep track of your data allowance with Carphone Warehouse's free Bill Angel app

  4. Use Wi-Fi when you can. It's generally faster than 3G and won't eat your contracted megabytes

  5. Be prepared when going abroad, unexpected data charges can rack up fast. Turn off data roaming on your phone

  6. Limit background applications which can use data without you knowing

  7. Turn off data when you have low signal to avoid draining your battery

  8. Limit email retrieval times. Push email uses more data than simply checking every hour or so

  9. Use the mobile version of websites where available, which have fewer pictures and are friendlier to smaller screens

  10. And finally a tip from Handbag.com. Turn off your mobile phone and give yourself a digital detox. YOU'RE ON HOLIDAY!


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