Avanti Travel Insurance blog

4 Jul

Research highlights phone charges while abroad

Travellers are being urged to bear in mind the huge costs which can be incurred through using your phone abroad, with those that do facing a sizeable bill upon their return.

It comes after research assessed the charges for using a selection of some of the most popular features of your phone, such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, to contact your friends and family at home. As mobile phone charges are certainly not covered through your single trip travel insurance cover, it means that the user will be solely responsible for footing the resulting bill.

As part of the research, it found that the cost per megabyte of data roaming outside of Europe is £6, considerably higher than the newly instated charge of 3p per megabyte while on the continent. Another example is having Google Maps open for ten minutes, costing £2.28 while outside the EU and a staggering £36 in the rest of the world.

European Union slash mobile phone prices

Travellers are being urged to bear in mind the huge costs which can be incurred through using your phone abroad

Travellers are being urged to bear in mind the huge costs which can be incurred through using your phone abroad

While the European Union has recently slashed mobile phone charges by more than 50 per cent, people are still being urged to check out the costs before communicating through their device.

There are a number of methods which travellers are advised to follow to avoid racking up these charges, including turning of data roaming, only using WiFi and disabling automatic weather apps.

It’s something which can often leave travellers racking up a huge bill without realising, with one example being Carissa Grace from Manchester, who racked up 630MB of data while using Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp to communicate with friends while in Turkey – at a staggering cost of almost £3,000.

While many other aspects of your trip will be covered through your travel insurance packages for over 50s, following these simple tips means that you won’t be left footing a colossal bill.

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