Seven tips and tricks for using your mobile phone overseas

5WE’VE all heard stories about people travelling overseas and coming back to find they have unknowingly run up thousands of dollars in bills on their mobile.
To avoid going bankrupt due to crippling global roaming charges and expensive international phone calls, Skyscanner have put together a guide for communicating on the cheap.
1. Buy a prepaid SIM in Australia
If you want to make cheap phone calls and texts, receive free calls, and are visiting more than one country like, say, France then Italy, then this is for you.
Before you travel overseas, order a prepaid SIM card from a company such as Go-Sim or TravelSIM. A Go-Sim SIM card costs $22 including $10 credit, while a TravelSIM SIM card costs $49.95 and comes with $20 credit. You top up via a phone app.
Go-Sim also offers data-only SIM cards that give you 200MB of data for $52 or 1GB for $105. You pay more to connect other devices to your phone by adding a Wi-Fi hot spot option. Your phone needs to be unlocked to use any of these services (check with your provider before you leave).
2. Buy a local SIM at your destination
This works well if you’re visiting just one country, such as the United Kingdom. You can buy SIM cards at airports or at some supermarkets. If you travel to another country though, you won’t be able to use that SIM card without turning on global roaming.
Oh, and if you buy a local SIM, you’ll have to text or call your friends to tell them the number, whereas if you buy a prepaid SIM card in Australia, you can give them your contact details before you travel. Again, your phone needs to be unlocked.

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3. Buy a local SIM before leaving home
Huh? A local SIM before you even close your front door? Well, yes. Check out the Aussie owned and operated travelgear.com.au. You can order local SIM cards from a range of countries, from the Bahamas and Great Britain to Canada and China.
They’ll be with you in a few days and you can hand your number out before you go. Receiving calls from home are usually free.
4. Use Wi-Fi
Turn off global roaming on your phone and head to a Wi-Fi hotspot, such as a hotel lobby, or local cafes. You can communicate via Facebook of course, or use apps such as Skype, iMessage or WhatsApp.
With Skype you can buy prepaid credit costing either $16 or $40 and calls cost from US$0.025 per minute. iMessage is an Apple program that allows you to text each other wherever you are for free, as long as you each have an Apple device. WhatsApp lets you call and text too, but it’s cross-platform, meaning you can use it on either Android or Apple devices.
Alternatively, check if the country you’re visiting allows MiFi or Portable Wi-Fi Routers, where everyone in your travel group gets to enjoy Wi-Fi on the go. Some countries like Japan even let you have them delivered to your hotel upon arrival.
5. Download essential apps before you use roaming
If your phone is locked and you need to use global roaming then prepare beforehand. Turn off automatic updates and don’t use non-essential apps.
Download things like maps before you go, to cut down on global roaming cellular usage. And turn it off when you find a good Wi-Fi spot.
Make the most of wi-fi at cafes.
6. Buy prepaid roaming
Telstra and Optus both offer prepaid plans that allow you to check emails and surf the web when you are overseas.
Optus charges $45 for up to 90MB of roaming data or $85 for up to 170MB of roaming data. These both expire after 30 days and not all countries are covered.
Telstra offers two International Travel Passes, one covering New Zealand, Indonesia and Thailand, and the other a bundle of other countries from Cambodia to the USA. You pay a daily fee of either $5 or $10 based on set periods and you get unlimited voice calls and SMS to and from standard numbers. You also get a data allowance.
7. Go without a SIM card
There’s a lot to be said for arriving in New York (or the Maldives or Bali) and knowing no one can contact you. Add to that the fact that you won’t be getting annoying SMSs from telcos when you’re fast asleep. So, take out your SIM card, and use your phone the smart way — as an alarm clock or a Wi-Fi browser.

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Top Ten Cell Phone Manners

4Cell phones are great—they keep us in touch with friends and family and can be life savers in an emergency. But they can also be annoying if not used thoughtfully. Remember, your phone doesn’t have to be on all the time and you don’t always have to answer it immediately. Learn to use your phone’s features like silent ring, vibrate and voice mail to handle the times when your phone would be bothering others if it rang and you answered it.

Be in control of your phone, don’t let it control you!
Speak softly.
Be courteous to those you are with; turn off your phone if it will be interrupting a conversation or activity.
Watch your language, especially when others can overhear you.
Avoid talking about personal or confidential topics in a public place.
If it must be on and it could bother others, use the silent ring mode and move away to talk.
Don’t make calls in a library, theater, church, or from your table in a restaurant.
Don’t text during class or a meeting at your job.
Private info can be forwarded, so don’t text it.
NEVER drive and use your phone at the same time.
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The Operating System

8The iPhone software residing inside the Apple phone is called iOS.

It is the operating system that gives the i Phone its user friendly interface, and it is what makes this phone so unique among the hundreds of other Google Android phones.

The beauty of the Apple phone is that it is made by one single company. Apple makes the design, and makes both the hardware and the software of the phone. Therefore, everything is perfectly compatible with each other.

Any new hardware update is always followed by a software update that takes full advantage of the hardware. This makes it easy for developers to make the best and highest quality applications that use the phones hardware and software to its full potential.

With Apple making both the hardware and software, it becomes harder and harder for the competition to catch up and meet the same level of compatibility, stability, battery life, performance and integration between software and hardware that the iPhone enjoys

The Applications:

iPhone applications, tips and techniques with iPhone tips and adviceThere were over 100,000 applications in the App Store just after 16 months of its grand opening in April, 2008. The number went up to over 200,000 apps after 2 years, and the number grew to 500,000 applications in 2011 and to 750,000 apps in 2012.

The App store for the iPhone and iPad reached 30 billion downloads in May 2013. This makes the App Store the largest online software store in the globe.

No matter how old you are, you will find a category that meets your needs and interest. You will find Games, GPS Navigation, Video Sharing, web browsing, medicine, physics, geography, history, languages, learning, books, magazines, and many more applications.

The iPhone applications are also improving and updated frequently to take full advantage of any new iPhone hardware or software feature such as Airplay mirror, iCloud, and Siri.

The Jailbreak:

iPhone Tips and AdviceJailbreaking an iPhone is a simple process to apply to your phone if there is a jailbreak available at that time.

It simply allows you to gain root access to the iOS file system. It opens another world of possibilities and great features that Apple either didn’t or refused to implement for one reason or another.

As the iOS and hardware improve, jailbreaking your iPhone will give you even more features and capabilities than what is already available.

iPhone hacks is a category that is dedicated to jailbreaking. In those pages, you will learn about the additional features and enhancement that you can achieve by jailbreaking your iPhone, and installing some of the coolest features available in the Cydia store.