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Everyone has some idea of what international roaming is, but most of us don’t exactly know how it works, and why using it is far from ideal during international travel.

International roaming as a telephone service allows people to contact their home country and receive calls or texts from abroad, without the need to get a local number at the destination you're traveling to.


This is possible due to the fact that your cell phone service provider has roaming agreements with a number of mobile operators in remote countries which lets them extend the areas of coverage for you.
Everyone has some idea of what international roaming is, but most of us don’t exactly know how it works, and why using it is far from ideal during international travel. Photo 1

Why is international roaming charge so high, and what are the roaming agreements?

Because for roaming services to operate, your carrier negotiates with the foreign mobile service provider regarding both their cooperation and the costs, which then they end up charging you.

Roaming applies to calls, data, texts, apps, even voicemail and essentially leads to inevitable overcharges, which can vary heavily depending on the location you're traveling to.

According to recent reports, US companies spend over $2 billion a year on calls and data roaming when using traditional carriers.

There have also been numerous cases of unfair charges being applied to travelers - like people receiving one message before stepping off a plane and getting a bill for $3,000, or an Australian man being charged $571,000 after he's lost his phone in Europe despite having informed his carrier of the matter he still had to deal with those.

What are your options when it comes to trying to reduce roaming charges?

For once, you can only stick to using public WiFi, but that is both inconvenient and unsafe because there would be no way for you to get in contact with loved ones in case of an emergency, and due to the fact that open WiFi spots are exploited by hackers.

One of the most simple changes you can make in order to drastically improve your mobile service game is switching to an alternative carrier that takes a different approach to roam.

Pond Mobile offers global roaming services for international travel that allow you to venture out to 200+ countries and use international data roaming with no additional charges under one cell phone plan.

It's important for frequent travelers to make a financially sound choice which would allow you to reduce roaming charges - and Pond Mobile is dedicated to giving you the chance to drastically cut down on cell phone bills.

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