December 14, 2016

Controlling corporate roaming costs

International travelers can rack up some pretty expensive roaming bills using voice and data while traveling abroad. There are several options for reducing roaming charges, such as using Wi-Fi whenever available and turning off data roaming when not using apps. Of course, you still need to use your phone while traveling, and apps require access to cellular data when Wi-Fi is not an option. Think of GPS, Google maps, Waze or simply email and all those bulky attachments.

How to stay connected without breaking the bank

There are a number of options, including roaming using your home carrier’s international roaming plans, purchasing local SIMs in each destination country or opting for a single international SIM that works globally.

  • If you opt to roam with your home carrier be sure to contact them to enable international roaming and purchase an international roaming package, which will greatly reduce roaming charges over retail pay-per-use rates.

  • Local SIMs are also a good choice, and usually the cheapest option for in-country voice, text and data. A couple of things to keep in mind are that local SIMs only work on one network, and you'll probably need to speak the local language to purchase and configure the SIM.

  • One of the easiest and most flexible options is to purchase an international prepaid SIM before making the trip overseas. This provides both the Company and the traveler with a number of key advantages, including having a single international SIM that can be used in over 100 countries, including all of Europe, at very competitive rates.

An international SIM card is an economical way to roam

Whether or not you're traveling to multiple countries you may prefer an international prepaid SIM. These SIMs allow you to roam on multiple operator networks within each country, and that’s an important consideration in case you're in an area where one of the host networks doesn’t have good coverage. And of course, there's the added benefit of being able to better manage your international roaming costs.

Tips for controlling international roaming expenses

  • Research voice/text/data rates for each destination
  • Set limits on spending for cellular data
  • Share a pool of SIMs across multiple users
  • Obtain a local number to forward calls to your international SIM

Make sure your phone is unlocked

Before you purchase a SIM for international travel you’ll want to confirm that the phone is unlocked and will function with another operator’s SIM card.

Check out our previous blog posts on just how to do that: https://www.travelmobile.biz/blog