It is becoming more and more common to travel with connected devices, but our phone plans are not adapted for this and large amounts can be added to our monthly bills if you want to call or use data from abroad.
Before going on a trip to Europe, it is therefore important to analyse the different possible solutions in order to stay connected during your stay, according to your needs and your budget.
Rent a Pocket Wi-Fi device
If staying connected to the Internet during your trip is essential, you should opt for renting a Pocket Wi-Fi. These small modems provide a 10 meter Wi-Fi network around them and you can connect up to 10 devices at the same time. It is practical for group travel! Check My Webspot for more information about pocket Wi-Fi.
These devices can be rented on the Internet via the specific websites. Then, you can pick them up directly from your accommodation (apartment, hotel, hostel…), at the airport or at a collection point (shops, post offices).
Thus, for only a few Euros per day, you will have an optimal, secure and unlimited connection.
No phone number with this solution, so you will have to do everything on the Internet. However, today more and more online call and messaging services exist, such as Whatsapp, Viber, Skype, which allow you to communicate whenever you want and to any destination.
Use your package abroad
You can continue to connect in Europe with your basic plan, but additional charges will be added to your monthly subscription, called roaming fees.
Data rates abroad for a standard package are on average 200 times higher than the usual connection rates. If you plan to consume a large amount of data, it would therefore be more appropriate to plan another parallel solution.
Enjoy free Wi-Fi
If you are travelling for a relatively short period of time but still want to use your smartphone, you can search for Wi-Fi hotspots (free Wi-Fi hotspots) from your destination.
In general, your accommodation will probably have Wi-Fi access (more or less efficient). As for the outside world, make sure you check before you leave the list of public Wi-Fi hotspots in the city you are visiting (data easily accessible on the Internet). You can also take advantage of cafés and restaurants to connect, but be careful, as connections are often slow and can also be limited in time.