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Tips for Travellers

“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us”-John Steinbeck.

When are mobile phones not “mobile phones”? Usually when you go to a different country. For instance, mobile phones are called “nalle” in Sweden. The word translated means teddy bear, something kids carry around everywhere. Symbolically the teddy bear signifies our dependence on mobile phones.

Since mobile phones have become an integral part of life, let’s learn how to make them work in other parts of the world. Here are some useful tips and tools to make mobile phones work anywhere — especially while travelling. This article focuses on mobile phone issues of two types of travellers: the road warrior and the international traveller.

General Tips 

Do you always need to have your phone by your side? If you need the phone for business purposes or you have a hectic social life, here are a few tips to help you stay connected. These are as follows:

  • You should keep a spare phone if you use GSM, since GSM networks uses SIM cards that can be swapped.
  • Can’t you keep a spare battery instead of a spare phone? It is better to keep a spare phone than a spare battery for GSM networks since batteries, such as the most popularly available Lithium-ion, have use-by dates regardless of whether you used the battery. Also, a spare battery is of help only when you have battery problems. CDMA networks do not use SIM cards, so the best backup strategy with CDMA phones would be to keep a spare battery.
  • Always store the phone book data or contacts into your SIM as well as the phone. By keeping the contacts in both places, you can continue using your address book even if your phone fails or your SIM card becomes faulty. (Notice that if you have an extensive contact list, you may not be able to keep all the data in the SIM card.)
  • If your spare phone is locked, ensure it is locked to the same carrier and lets you swap SIMs. It’s even better if you have an unlocked phone.
  • If every call is important to you, make sure you subscribe to voicemail or at least have SMS notification of missed calls. Voicemail will let you receive calls when you are on the phone, when your phone is turned off and when you don’t have coverage. If you don’t like voicemail because of the charges, you can subscribe to SMS notification of missed calls, which some carriers offer for free.

O2 is a UK based telecom company which is headquartered in London. It is the second-largest mobile telecommunications provider in the United Kingdom. For more information regarding mobile phone issues while travelling, you can call on O2 Contact Number and get in touch with its dedicated team.

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