Recently I went on a ridiculously amazing overseas holiday and I’m proud to say I didn’t come back with bill shock!

You might think that sounds weird especially from someone who works for a telco, but the reason I’m proud is that last time I went on an overseas trip I wasn’t so lucky … or smart.

A couple of years ago, and not long after I joined amaysim, I went to Europe for a few weeks. The trip was awesome. I took my phone (as you do) and used it a couple of times to find things online, ignoring the warnings to get a local SIM. I figured I’d only used it for a few minutes each time so it wouldn’t hurt.

FAIL!!!

When I got my next bill it sure did hurt.

So, when I went overseas recently – even though the week leading up to it was manic finalising a five week journey to a wedding in Central America as well as cramming work in – turning off data roaming on my iPhone was one of the top things on my ‘to-do’ list. It was easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Tap “Settings”
  2. Tap “Data Roaming”
  3. Tap “Off”

That way I could use my phone in an emergency (I’d turned roaming on in My amaysim) but I wouldn’t risk another whopping bill like last time. The best part was I could still surf the net whilst I was overseas. Most places offered WiFi so I just used that instead to check the odd email, make my mates jealous with really cool Facebook pics and still do a bit of on-the-fly research.

So, I thought my tale of woe and redemption was worth sharing even if it means one person who reads it ends up spared an ugly bill shock holiday souvenir.

ACCAN (the telco consumer group) has some pretty cool tips on how to avoid bill shock overseas as well, so check them out before you head off. Also, if you have any overseas bill shock avoidance tips to share let us know.

Cheers

Mariah - enemy of bill shock

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