You may think you need unlimited, and for some people, the extra expense and waste is a worthwhile trade-off. That said, what the major carriers don’t want you to know, is that the more you know about your phone, the more control you take back. We’re fans of and advocates for people taking control.
While some may think you have to shut off mobile data entirely and therefore severely hamstring your mobile experience, it’s not like that at all. You don’t have to sacrifice the connected smartphone experience to save money on mobile data.
With a little early effort and a little ongoing maintenance (ensuring new apps aren’t eating up mobile data, for example) you take control of your mobile data use and, with a carrier like, oh, I don’t know, Ting, you can save a lot of money every month.
But, what SIM card or company should you use before heading abroad.
First, if you have T-Mobile, there is free data and texting through their partner MoviStar. No LTE in the countryside where we are, but there is strong 3G-HSPA.
With WhatsApp and Hangouts over data, there isn’t a big need for actual phone calls, as they are $0.20 a minute.
If you have Verizon or AT&T you normally have to buy an extra plan to use your phone internationally.
However we are here for 6 weeks and want to be able to call the local friends as well without incurring International rates as not everyone has smartphones and/or WhatsApp, Skype, etc.
Powering-down combats the fear of missing out. Scientifically speaking, the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) has been recognized as a recently emerging psychological disorder brought on by the advance of technology. The premise is simple. Our social media streams are ever-filled with everything happening all around us. Nowadays, we even see the plates of food our friends are enjoying. And within this constant stream of notification, our fear of being left out continues to grow. Turning off social media and finding contentment in our present space is a welcome skill.
I get asked a lot about travel technology every day, especially since I started writing on this website. So this month, rather than devoting an article to a single topic, I decided to answer many of your travel tech questions. We cover a wide range of topics – gear, security, apps, staying connected and many more. Without further ado, here are your questions and best answers!
I recently visited family in a semi-remote area of Montana. Remote enough that author Max Brooks deems it as one of the only safe zones for people in the zombie apocalypse novel, World War Z. This wasn’t a vacation, though. I did my normal work routine and clocked my normal hours, but they felt different. I felt less stressed, unrushed, and for the first time in a while I could honestly say I was “going with the flow.” I realized it was because I wasn’t being distracted by a device or screen every other second. I was only there for about a week, but I left wanting to take some of it with me. Here are the things I learned and how you can find your own peaceful cabin without leaving home.
I use Google for most of my communication needs. Here’s a great article on how to set it all up.