You’ve booked your tickets and accommodation. The transfers to and from the hotel are confirmed and you have a pile of sun cream bottles ready to be packed. You could be the world’s most prepared person before going on holiday, but you could still have overlooked one thing; your mobile phone.

If you use your domestic SIM card when abroad it’s likely you could get stung for making and receiving calls, sending SMS, browsing the web or even tweeting.
“Travellers need to start considering their mobile phone options when booking a holiday, rather than leaving it to the last minute. Time and again we see stories of people lumbered with large roaming bills and travellers need to take it upon themselves to minimise ‘bill shock’. The problem is there is currently no means of knowing how much we’re actually spending when abroad, or how much a simple task might actually be costing us,” comments John Assiter, GOSIM.com.au

Assiter continues, “While mobile data remains one of the biggest phone costs for international travellers, one cost that is often overlooked is receiving calls from home. This could be up to AUS$1.80 per minute depending on your operator, and these costs can quickly stack-up.” GOSIM.com.au offers an international ‘Pay-as-you-Go’ mobile service that can save you up to 85% on your phone charges whilst roaming.

“At GOSIM.com.au we believe that you shouldn’t be charged for receiving calls when abroad. With our international SIM card, you can receive free calls from friends and family in Australia when traveling in over 70 countries and what’s more, receiving text messages is free globally.”

GOSIM.com.au’s international SIM card also offers cheap call and data rates in 185 countries including Australia’s top holiday destinations Bali, Fiji, Thailand, UK and USA. In addition, GOSIM.com.au offers a dual international number, giving you a +1 US mobile number and a +44 UK mobile number on the same phone, providing competitive local call rates. So not only is it free for you to receive the call, but the people calling you won’t be charged a small fortune either when they call you on your +44 GOSIM number. If you were to buy a local SIM card, however, they would be charged an international rate.

GOSIM.com.au’s top tips to prepare your phone before travelling:

Will your mobile work

One of the big misconceptions is that because your mobile works at home, that it will also work abroad. Not entirely true. Whilst most smartphones today will support the four common mobile frequencies we recommend you check before travelling. The GSMArena provides information on most mobile phones and is a good place to start. Travelling to Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia you phone will need to support the GSM frequencies 900 and 1800. For the Americas your phone will need to support GSM frequencies 850 and 1900.

Options, options, options

Do your research! Sticking with your domestic operator might seem an attractive option, but you would still be paying over the odds for making and receiving calls abroad. An international SIM card can offer significant savings, in some cases this could even be as much as 85% on your domestic provider.

Emergency!

Don’t forget to add into your phones contact book those numbers you’re really going to need. The majority of European countries have adopted the standard 112 emergency number, but always double check before travelling. And don’t forget to save your banks lost and stolen card number.

Fly with me

More and more airlines are now enabling passengers to make calls and send SMS on board, particularly on mid to long-haul flights. Check with your airline before flying, and be aware of the costs as you don’t want to be stung before you’ve even touched down in your destination.

WiFi hotspots

Mobile data is great when you’re out and about and wanting to do a search for a restaurant nearby, but it can be expensive, so make sure you make good use of free WiFi hotspots. It’s common place for hotels and cafes to provide this now so try to plan ahead.

And finally… Call me

If you do choose a Pay-as-you-Go international SIM card, don’t forget to share your mobile number with friends and family before departing.

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