How to Save Money on Your Prepaid Roaming

Ways you can stay connected without burning through your Prepaid load

International travel may still be a privilege, but it’s one that has become increasingly accessible (to barkadas, solo travelers, families going on vacation—the list goes on). The catch is that this pastime can be costly if not prepared for accordingly. Because the end-goal is to have the time of your life, sure, but still deal with responsibilities like managing your travel budget and saving money where you can. 

Travel alone might be daunting for someone with a Prepaid subscription, where every text, call, second on the internet counts. Add roaming services to the mix and things can get twice as challenging. (It’s no fun coming home to a hefty phone bill because of roaming services.) Fortunately, you can side-step expensive charges if you know how to cut down on data usage while you’re out. Below, some of the best tricks and tips to help you in this department.

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As much as possible, connect to free public WiFi.

There’s no shame in asking “do you have free WiFi?” in every one of your stops. It’s practical and a sure-fire way to get connected, surf the web and check your email without shelling out money on your end. Internet access is a right anyway. 

The fact remains, though, that a public network means anyone can use it—including those who might be snooping around. To be on the safe side, avoid logging on to mobile banking apps or similar services where your personal data may be exposed to dubious third-party users.

Disable data roaming when you can.

The thing about data roaming is that keeping track can get tricky: It’s entirely possible to incur higher data charges not only when this setting is switched on, but also when the apps you’re using make background checks or system updates. This can happen when you head from one location to another.

If you can’t altogether disable your data roaming, your next best alternative is to switch between using your data during certain times of the day (such as when you need to access online maps or look for tourist destinations) and making it unavailable again right after.

Monitor or dial down on your app usage.

Not apps run the same way and some consume more data than others. When it comes to the latter, social media apps make the top of the list. Channels like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter showcase auto-playing media (videos, for example) that run on their own as you scroll through. Keep in mind: streaming apps that allow you play audio or video are data-hungry, too. The same goes for apps that track your location considering they’ll keep refreshing your data wherever you go.

Subscribe to a Prepaid roaming data pack.

Gone are the days where roaming promos were limited to Postpaid and Platinum; Prepaid roaming is fast catching up. Browse, stream, and post all you want with all-access data packs dedicated to Prepaid subscribers. 

Globe’s very own prepaid roaming service is auto-activated, which means you get a roaming signal without having to register your number. It also comes with non-stop calls and texts, so you can constantly be in touch with your family and friends from anywhere around the globe. Plus, you can choose the roam surf pack that suits your usage and no longer have to worry about data costs exceeding your budget.

Traveling is great, but what makes it even more worthwhile is when you can share your experiences with loved ones in real-time. Make your travel experience more convenient with Globe. Click on to get a Globe Prepaid Roaming All-Access Data Pack for your next trip abroad.

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