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Did you know that you actually need to check if your phone is suitable for international phone calls before traveling?

Contrary to popular belief, not every cell phone you purchase in the US or any other country in the world will work on an international trip.


That's something you need to check in advance to come up with a plan as to how you're going to communicate with people back home, and if you have any data usage available - here are your options:

Check whether or not your business phone works when you travel internationally

Basically, there are two types of phones you might have, especially if you've purchased it through a mobile carrier - GSM and CDMA. The latter ones won't be able to operate outside the US, while the first type or the two combined will allow you to use the phone abroad.

Also, in regards to the SIM card - some phones are locked, which means that they're only set to work with the carrier you've purchased the device from, therefore you will not be able to insert a local carrier's SIM when going on an international trip.

Having said that, if you're all good with your phone, we have several tips to make sure you're saving as much as possible on international phone calls:

Bring your phone with you, and purchase a new local SIM card to avoid global data roaming

You can purchase a local SIM card of the country you're traveling to pretty easily and save quite a bit since many countries in Asia and East Europe $10-20 can get you a ton of data usage and calls. Obviously, prices and condition vary, so you'll need to check that beforehand.

The main downside is that you will not be able to contact people back home because that would still qualify as roaming with these SIM cards, therefore your only way of communication is social media.

Leave your US SIM card in, and only rely on WiFi without international data roaming

While this option seems the most simple and straightforward, it presents some logistical and safety issues, since you're using public WiFI.

First of all, in case of an emergency, you might not be able to get to the nearest WiFi spot fast enough, and even if there's no immediate need, you're still going to need to plan your route keeping the Internet access points in mind.

Switch to Pond Mobile business cell phone service with global roaming

One of the biggest decisions you can make for the benefit of your business is switching from a regular carrier to a more travel-friendly option that allows for both cheap international phone calls and data usage abroad.

Pond Mobile Business offers our clients a variety of cell phone plans that include unlimited high-speed data (3G/LTE) and calls under a single-payment plan.

Your international trip should be stress-free - and Pond Mobile is striving to provide you with the best service for your business cell phone.

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