How to use my phone abroad
June 14, 2023

How to use my phone abroad

Check with your service provider: Before traveling, you should contact your mobile service provider to ensure that your phone is set up for international usage. Inquire about international roaming plans, rates, and any restrictions that may apply. Ask if they have partnerships with local carriers in your destination country.

Enable international roaming: If your service provider offers international roaming, make sure it is enabled on your phone. This can usually be done through your account settings or by contacting customer support.

Purchase an eSIM: Simply download the Red Bull MOBILE Data app, choose your data plan for your destination, and follow the instructions on how to activate the Red Bull MOBILE eSIM data plan. Your device will prompt you to set up your eSIM, which typically involves selecting a mobile plan and confirming your activation. Once your account is activated you are ready to connect to the world without any basic?? or roaming fees. You will be able to email, chat, set up video conferencing and use your social media accounts. Connecting with your family and friends around the globe is instantaneous.

Not all devices support eSIM, so you should check if your device is compatible with eSIM technology. You can usually find this information in the device specifications under Settings.

Consider buying a local SIM card: Alternatively, you can purchase a local SIM card in the country you’re visiting. This allows you to have a local phone number and often offers cheaper rates for calls, texts, and data. However, keep in mind that using a local SIM card means your phone number will change temporarily, and you may need to unlock your phone if it is locked to your current service provider.

Understand roaming charges: Familiarize yourself with the roaming charges of your service provider. Roaming rates can be significantly higher than your usual rates, particularly for data usage. Be cautious about using data-intensive apps or services unless you have a suitable roaming plan.

Connect to Wi-Fi: Whenever possible, connect to Wi-Fi networks to avoid using cellular data. Many hotels, cafes, and public places offer free Wi-Fi, which can help reduce your data usage and costs.

Setting up a hotspot: Sharing a hotspot on your cell phone can provide internet access to your family members’ devices when they are within range. The steps for enabling a hotspot may vary slightly depending on your phone’s operating system (e.g., Android or iOS), and can be found under Settings.

Remember that using your phone as a hotspot consumes data from your cellular plan, so it’s important to keep an eye on your data usage and make sure you have sufficient data allowance or consider unlimited data plans if you plan on using the hotspot frequently.

Additionally, some cellular providers may have specific settings or restrictions for using hotspots, so it’s advisable to check with your provider or refer to their documentation if you encounter any difficulties or need further assistance with setting up a hotspot.

Put your smartphone in airplane mode: To activate airplane mode, you can typically find the option in the settings menu of your device or in the quick settings panel, which you can access by swiping down from the top of the screen on most smartphones. The specific steps may vary depending on the device and operating system you are using. Only use it when you can connect to the local Wi-Fi. Some phones and apps automatically download data when the device is on and connected, leading to charges — even if you aren’t using it. 

Use messaging apps: To communicate with friends and family, consider using messaging apps that utilize the internet instead of traditional SMS. Apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, or Facebook Messenger can be used over Wi-Fi or cellular data, helping you stay connected without incurring additional charges.

Download offline maps: Prior to your trip, download offline maps of your destination through apps like Google Maps or This way, you can navigate without relying on a constant internet connection.

Be mindful of time zone differences: Keep in mind the time zone difference between your home country and the country you’re visiting. Adjust your phone’s clock settings accordingly, or use a world clock app to avoid confusion.

Consider a portable charger: If you’re going to be out and about for long periods without access to charging points, carrying a portable charger can ensure your phone remains powered throughout the day.

Be cautious with public Wi-Fi: While using public Wi-Fi can be convenient, be mindful of potential security risks. Avoid accessing sensitive information, such as online banking or private accounts, on public networks. If necessary, use a virtual private network (VPN) to encrypt your connection and enhance your online security.

Remember to check with your specific service provider and review their guidelines for using your phone abroad. They can provide accurate and up-to-date information regarding your plan’s coverage and charges.


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