Four-step checklist against a “bear service” smartphone.
The roaming conditions abroad in the tariff plan can be very insidious. Something can be written in small print under the asterisk at the very bottom, something is very difficult to explain, it is necessary to delve into. To thoroughly study all the pitfalls that can "fly a pretty penny" you need to spend a lot of time, which is always not enough before traveling.
Now wi-fi is very common, it is provided in hostels and hotels, in cafes, restaurants and a lot, where else. Therefore, you can easily do without mobile Internet. Especially if it’s paid. Here is how to get 14 days of free and unlimited internet abroad.
So, if you know that you will pay exorbitant prices for your operator’s mobile Internet abroad, go through this checklist.
- Disable data roaming and modem mode. Of course, none of them will work if the cellular data itself is turned off, but it is very easy to turn it on by accident. After which the smartphone joyfully in modem mode will begin to share traffic with other devices. Therefore, turn it off sooner. “Tinctures” → “Cellular communication”.
- Find “Help wi-fi” and “iCloud drive” there and disconnect them too. The first one makes cellular data “help” weak wi-fi so that you enjoy surfing the Internet without interruption. The included iCloud drive will use the mobile Internet to transfer files to iCloud. Of course, abroad you do not need either the first or the second.
- The function "Download unused" can also harm you. When it is turned on, the smartphone deletes some applications that you have not used for a long time. For example, if you downloaded maps of new places much in advance and did not enter them for a long time, at the most inopportune moment iPhone may get rid of them. It may be necessary to download them again in emergency mode, and not the fact that there will be wi-fi at this moment. Tinctures → iTunes Store and App Store
- Of course, you should disable the automatic update of applications or allow them to be updated only via wi-fi. “Tinctures” → “Basic” → “Content Update”.
These 4 simple things can help you avoid unforeseen and completely unnecessary expenses for mobile communication while traveling. Read about why you should turn off the Internet on your smartphone here, and how to save mobile traffic here.