Today UnlockBase is proud to officially present the first Direct Remote Unlock solution working with Original USB Cable to Unlock any Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Absolutely all versions, networks, and country are supported, including the Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge with the “Android Device Unlock App“. If your phone is asking for “SIM Network Unlock PIN” the software will read the Unlocking Code, if the phone has a Device Unlock App, then it will perform a Direct Unlock. Turnaround time is instant, 24/7! No need to wait to receive your code!
Below is the exact list of Supported models / variants:
A: Our solution use one TEMP ROOT, our software will try it on your cell phone automatically during the unlock process, you can see that in the Video Tutorial above.
Q: Is it permanent unlock ? Even if I flash the phone ?
A: It’s 100% permanent Unlock, once you unlock your phone with our solution you can do whatever you like (Upgrade or Downgrade Firmware, or even install custom firmware like Cyanogen or Avatar). Your phone will remain unlocked no matter what, for life !
Q: Do you offer unbranded version of your Software ?
A: No we don’t offer unbranded version of UnlockBase Cell Phone Unlocker software.
Q: Does it support v5.1.1 ? Does this work for vodafone, Optus and Telstra ? etc….
A: You actually do need to update to v5.1.1 whenever available (OTA Update), beside that any networks, and country are supported!
Q: I install the software and see the Icon on my Desktop, but when I double click it do not open, what to do ?
A: Please right-click the icon on your Desktop and select “Run as administrator”
Most people who buy a cell phone simply turn up at their local cellphone service provider carrier, sit there a long time while the sales people deal with other customers and then sign up for a 24 month contract with the phone of their choice, or at least, the phone that comes closest to their choice. Unfortunately, most phones from major carriers can only be used for that specific carrier’s network. But what if you decided to do things differently? What if you decided to buy an unlocked cellphone? Here we weigh both the pros and cons.
Unlocked cellphone pros
1) More networks
Manufacturers do not create cellphones to work with just one network, but cellphone carriers prefer to lock you in and tie you to a lengthy contract. With an unlocked cellphone you can access other GSM networks whenever necessary, which is perfect if you travel frequently as you can simply switch to other available network providers once you are out of your current provider’s coverage zone.
2) Save money
Unlocked phones may appear to be more expensive at first due to the sometimes high upfront cost, but they definitely work out more budget-friendly in the long run. There’s no long-term subscriber contract to worry about, and you can take advantage of the best SIM only deals for your cellphone with no contract and without incurring early termination fees. Prepaid SIM cards also offer cheaper call, data and messaging rates with some very attractive overseas call rates.
3) No roaming charges
Roaming charges are expensive on a contract. The roaming fee is billed on top of the monthly subscriber fee, and can add up to a significant amount. With an unlocked phone you simply buy a SIM card from the local or overseas carrier and immediately save money because you have a local phone number and pay local rates for calls and messages.
4) More flexibility
If for any reason you become unhappy with your current cellular carrier, with an unlocked phone it’s as simple as buying a new SIM card from a different provider.
5) Increased Resale Value
It’s easier to sell an unlocked phone; in fact it can be worth as much as 30% more than a locked one. It also attracts more buyers since they can easily use it with their existing network or change to another one. It also means the phone can be sold either locally or overseas, greatly widening your customer base.
Unlocked cellphone cons
1) Buyer beware
When you buy an unlocked cellphone you need to be sure you are getting what you pay for. It takes more due diligence than entering into a contract because you do not have your friendly, service oriented carrier to protect you if you find the phone has a fault or it is in fact a fake product, and there are more fakes out there than you could possibly imagine.
2) Higher upfront cost
You need to have cash ready to buy an unlocked cellphone, and for the latest models that can easily run to over $1000 or more. Shop wisely and be sure you are getting what you pay for.
3) Bandwidth issues
Wouldn’t you know it, networks in the US use different data frequency bands than those in other parts of the world, so if you spot a bargain buy in the States and think it will do the job, you may need to think again if you are based in Europe or elsewhere. If you are based in the US and want 4g, look for phones offering these bandwidths: LTE 700, LTE 800, LTE 1700, LTE 1900, and LTE 2100. Don’t get stuck with a phone that doesn’t work on your local service provider’s network.
4) Is the cellphone really unlocked?
Unfortunately there are several cowboy dealers out there who will sell you an ‘unlocked’ cellphone that is not properly unlocked, and you could even find that you yourself are locked out of the phone once the service provider discovers the phone is no longer under contract. Ideally, you should examine a cellphone in person before handing over any money.
5) Generic software
Generic software does not support data features such as mms – picture messaging, web browsing, and sending/receiving emails. So as to use data services you will first need to obtain the correct settings from your service provider (e.g. AT&T, EE, Vodafone) and set up the phone manually.
With a little care and attention to detail though, you will find the advantages and cost savings of an unlocked cellphone outweigh the initial start-up costs and need for extra vigilance. If you are not sure whether your cellphone is properly unlocked, check with a reliable and trustworthy online unlock service such as UnlockBase.
As smart phones continue to get smarter and smarter, they naturally become more and more indispensable. These days, airlines, buses, and trains are making things even easier by offering ticketless travel. Just show up, present the ticket details on your phone and board the transport of your choice. Apart from that, the smart phone can schedule your trip, find you the best car rental, book your hotel…and of course, phone home. It’s a must have accessory on any trip.
So since the smart phone is so smart, it’s time you became equally wise, and not sleep walk into exorbitant overseas call charges from your service provider. These charges will drain you of your money quicker than a beach pickpocket on overtime.
For example, did you know that if you were to send a picture home via conventional text message, it could cost you up to $40.00 with some plans! That’s outrageous and criminally dumb, especially in this day and age where there are so many better and cheaper alternatives available.
In fairness, many of the leading carriers have relented and started to offer free roaming charges to several destinations. They didn’t do it because they wanted to. The truth is that every year since 2007, the maximum rate for calling or texting any European Economic Area (EEA) number while roaming within the borders of the zone while on a mobile phone in the EU, has been lowered. This covers all 28 EU member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (the cap also applies to data). On July 1st this year another new cap will come into force, further reducing the cost of roaming in Europe.
This is following years of extremely high overseas charges where bills could easily run to thousands of dollars with the unaware cellphone owner having no idea as to the true cost of travelling overseas with a smart phone. But do not be deceived by some of these seemingly benevolent offers. Call charges overseas can still easily run to $3.00 or $4.00 a minute, and that doesn’t include data costs charged by the megabyte as you leisurely decide which restaurant to visit on your phone.
Also, forgetting to put your phone on roaming before you leave home is a big mistake. All of your home country voice mails, texts and other data are automatically “pushed” to your phone before you are out of the airport, or as soon as you have a signal. These can cost you a lot of money in a hurry.
But there is a better and much easier way. Here is a simple 5-step process for taking a smart phone with you when you travel overseas and how to save BIG money while doing so.
Step 1: Leave your contract smart phone home alone.
Just put it in a drawer and forget about it.
Step 2: Buy a SIM Free phone
Buy a SIM Free smart phone purely for travelling. Or if you have a second smart phone you don’t often use, get it unlocked by a reliable online unlock service such as UnlockBase. This will enable you to swap SIM cards easily as you travel and instantly enjoy local call rates in whichever country you visit. Friends and family will quickly get used to your new number while you are overseas.
Step 3: Buy a “World SIM” SIM card
As an alternative to swapping SIM cards wherever you go, consider a SIM card such as World SIM, which enables you to use your phone anywhere using just one number. This award-winning SIM card gives you free international roaming in 90+ countries, international phone calls for just a couple of cents a minute and competitive local call rates while you are at home.
Step 4: Investigate free Wi-Fi options
Whenever you travel, and wherever you are, try to avoid using too much data on your cell phone. The chances are you can get free WiFi in your hotel room, at an Internet cafe, or in a coffee shop. Check out JiWire WiFi Finder App for international Wi-Fi spots; searching by your destination makes it really easy to figure out which companies offer Wi-Fi services at your destination.
Step 5: Use Skype, WhatsApp, Twitter, and Facebook for free messaging
Once you are happily in your room with the free WiFi blazing, use these free apps on your SIM Free smartphone to send your holiday photos, instant catch ups, email messages and more. If you have to make calls, make them, it’s ok because you will be on local or World SIM rates. If you use a Lycamobile SIM card you can even make free calls provided you call another Lycamobile number.
So get smart and follow these 5 simple steps so you can have peace of mind while actually enjoying your vacation and not worrying about an eye watering cell phone bill from your carrier when you get home.
In the past, unlocking a cellphone used to be a hazardous and risky undertaking that could void the warranty on your phone, but in recent years all that has changed. Nowadays you can have the phone of your choice and quickly acquire the necessary unlock code to unlock your phone and not void the warranty.
Not surprisingly, in a counter measure to this, many of the key cellphone carriers now offer attractive ‘sim only’ deals to tempt you to stay with them. They definitely do not want to lose your business, but the chances are, no matter what they may offer, it’s quite possible you can find a better deal elsewhere; should you choose to unlock your phone.
Freedom to decide on your carrier
The cellphone business has moved on, and where in the past many manufacturers had locks on the phones that prevented you from switching your carrier (such as iPhones); these days, due to growing public demand not to be tied down to a particular carrier and locked into a contract, it is not only possible to unlock your cell phone, it’s actually incredibly simple. It can be achieved online in a matter of minutes through trusted online cellphone unlocking specialists such as UnlockBase.
Why service providers have had to change their tune
The days of high charges and long service contracts from the major service providers are over, and thankfully so! And while a monthly contract can still offer you good value for your money, with generous free call minutes and all you can eat data, contracts have had to change because in the last few years the way we use cellphones has changed dramatically too, and for once, things have not worked in the mighty carrier’s favor.
Widely available free apps have altered the way we use our cellphones. Walk into any cellphone service provider today and they will be happy to offer you virtually unlimited texts, but in this era of free WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and other instant communications apps, frankly, who bothers to send text messages? Maybe your auntie.
Service providers are still desperately keen to push you into a 24 month contract by offering you a seemingly free phone, but in reality you pay for the phone within the first year and then you are still locked into the contract.
With a pay as you go plan you consume only what you need. You decide how many phone calls you make and how much data you use, and provided you have a WiFi broadband plan at home, you don’t need to rely on the data allowance the carrier decides to give you as part of your package.
This not only saves you income on your monthly fees, it also enables you to decide on the phone you want, rather than having to limit yourself to what’s available as a locked phone from your contract provider.
No contract, no commitment
An unlocked phone may present a larger up front cost, as you have to purchase the phone sim free. With your contract plan the phone can be given to you, but as you know, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Those 24 months of contract billing will be landing on your doormat long after you have decided you want to upgrade. With an unlocked phone you are the master of your destiny, controlling your expenditure on your phone, and not being constantly surprised by mystery add-on charges that contract providers love to put on your bill, especially if you choose to go abroad. In fact, carriers want to keep you so badly that they are even willing to sacrifice their biggest cash cow, the exorbitant cost of overseas calls. A lot of carriers now offer free calls in many overseas destinations. A few years ago, this would have been unheard of.
Freedom to download what you want
Another reason to opt for a pay as you go plan is the fact that certain suppliers offer you a locked phone but limit you to certain apps in the iTunes store. Why? Because they don’t want you to use free communications devices! But if you have an unlocked phone, you can obtain any app, from any site, or download any free app from anywhere on the web.
Your sim free, pay as you go phone also enables you to easily swap sim cards to whatever your heart desires. You can try out several new ‘value you’re your money’ sim card offerings such as Lycamobile and Lebara and quickly discover that they offer far cheaper overseas call rates, competitive local call rates, and even free calls to overseas if calling from one Lycamobile number to another.
You can also opt for dual, tri, or quad band networks wherever you decide to travel. Simply switch your sim card to a local provider and you avoid high-priced roaming charges. Freedom of mobility, freedom of choice, freedom to use your phone the way you wish. These are they key advantages of pay as you go.
Privacy and confidentiality
And finally, if privacy and anonymity is important to you, a pay as you go phone is the smart option. Unless you register the sim card, the supplier doesn’t know who you are or what calls you are making. With a contract plan, everything you do, every number you dial, every site you visit is traceable.
If you’ve been thinking about unlocking your phone so that you can use it on any GSM network, but simply haven’t got around to doing anything about it, here’s an added incentive: Film the process of you unlocking your phone, and we’ll give you an unlock code absolutely FREE!
It’s simple. All you have to do is video the process of unlocking your phone. You can do it by yourself or ask a friend to help you. To qualify, simply email UnlockBase at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll let you know if you are eligible for the FREE unlock code. The only reason why you may not qualify is if we already have a suitable video testimonial for a similar phone. So please be sure to check with us first before you start to create your cellphone unlock video masterpiece.
We’re offering this promotion as a way to help us create instructional videos to put on the UnlockBase YouTube Channel. Assuming you qualify, all you have to do is follow these three basic steps:
1. Video how to order the unlock code from UnlockBase: Just film yourself going through the order process online to obtain the unlock code. For security reasons you can blur out your email address and personal information. (this step is NOT mandatory)
2. Video yourself receiving the email from us: When you receive an email back from us, be sure to film the process of you opening the email and reading it. (Note: the video can start with this step if you did not record yourself ordering the Unlock Code on our website.
3. Video what you do with the code: This is the most important part of the video, the entering of the code into your phone. This step usually involves several processes (just follow the guidelines of our Code Entry FAQ). You will need to follow email directions and film all of it.
How to Title Your Video
You are responsible for uploading the video to YouTube. Once it’s live, please email us the link and we’ll reimburse you for the unlock code. When titling your video, make sure to title it accordingly:
“How to Unlock [your phone model] from [the network carrier & country the phone is locked to]”
For example, if you have a Samsung S6 that is locked to Nextel Mexico, your title would be:
“How to Unlock Samsung S6 from Nextel Mexico“.
If possible, we would like for you to add the following tags to the video that you upload:
[model of your phone] (ie: Samsung Galaxy S6)
[network carrier & country phone was locked to] (ie: Nextel Mexico)
Shoot Clearly and Keep it Simple!
Remember to keep your video as simple and straightforward as possible. Shoot in clear lighting conditions and make sure any sound is not muffled or inaudible. We are not looking for a feature film, just a short and easy to understand video of how to obtain the unlock code for your particular cellphone model.
Below is a sample of a very nice Video Testimonials we recently received from an Happy Customer:
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Do you own your own website or blog? Are you a writer for a magazine? If so, please contact us to find out more about the perks and privileges you can receive by giving us some good PR about our firm and by all means share with your audience your own experience in unlocking your phone with UnlockBase .
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If you’re willing to provide a Video Testimonial about our services, we’d love to provide you with a Free Unlock code or Discount.
Get Your Free Unlock Code Today
At UnlockBase, we also offer a variety of other ways to receive a Free Unlock or Discount. You can do this by mentioning us on Facebook or Twitter, by leaving positive messages about us on various forum communities, via testimonials on third-party platforms etc, we will always reward your loyalty and support.
Whether you’re traveling across the country or simply down the road to your grandma’s, it’s important that you take advantage of technology. Here’s a quick look at 21 tech travel hacks that will make your life so much easier. And don’t forget that UnlockBase can take care of all your cellular unlocking needs.
1) Travel in style
If you can’t afford a first-class ticket with access to a personal TV, simply use a plastic bag to turn your smartphone or tablet into a mini TV. Put your device in the plastic bag and hang it from the tray hook on the back of the seat in front of you.
Travel in Style :)
2) Do a screenshot of a map
When traveling abroad, roaming data rates can be enormous. When you take a screenshot of a map you’re needing, though, you can save it for later when you don’t have access to WiFi; this will help ensure you don’t use any unnecessary data while overseas.
London map screenshot
3) Use cord retracting headphones
To keep your headphone cords from getting tangled, purchase a pair with retractable cords.
4) Save on data
Did you know you can use Foursquare to identify locals who don’t care to share their WiFi passwords? By doing this, you can keep your data usage to a minimum when traveling.
5) Use airport outlets
Most airports these days are full of USB and electrical outlets. By using these outlets, you can stay charged when traveling by air.
Take advantage of Airport Outlet
6) Improvise with hotel furniture
Does your hotel room not come with a desk for your laptop? If not, simply put your room’s ironing board at the end of the bed.
7) Keep all important documents on your phone
From your Passport to your birth certificate, take pictures of these documents and save them to your phone. Make sure to delete them after you’ve returned home.
8) Boost your charge
Often when traveling, you’ll have limited opportunities to charge your phone. By putting it in Airplane Mode, however, you can charge your phone faster.
iPhone Airplane Mode
9) Bring along adapters
Depending on where you’re traveling to, you may need adapters for your electronics. Fortunately, there are all-in-one adapters that can meet almost all of your international adapter needs.
Smart Power Adapters
10) Pack a power strip
Since you’ll likely have several devices you want to charge at once — phone, tablet, laptop, camera, etc. — make sure to pack a miniature power strip.
11) Plastic bags work well for water proofing
Going on a cruise? For a walk on the beach? When it comes to water proofing your tech gadgets, simply put them in a sealable plastic bag.
Ziplock or cheap efficient waterproof bag ?
12) Use cloud storage
When taking pictures and videos while traveling, use WiFi at your hotel to upload the pictures to the cloud. This ensures if something happens to your phone, you’ll still have your media.
13) Use WiFi to make phone calls
Download an easy-to-use use voice app, such as Google Voice, to make free calls back home using WiFi. You can also use this type of app to send texts and much more.
14) Buy a wallet that is RFID proof
With an RFID-proof wallet you’ll deter data thieves from accessing the information on your credit and debit cards.
SecrID Card Protectors
15) Download a travel app
Almost all major cities have unique travel apps. Make sure to use them to find interesting attractions and activities.
16) Check in using your phone
When traveling by air, you can usually use your phone to check in. All you need to do is present the QR code you receive on your phone and you’ll be allowed to go through security.
17) Find Airbnb lodging options
If you’re traveling to an area that is lacking in hotel options, use your phone or tablet to search for Airbnb homes and condos. You might find you can rent a home for cheaper than a hotel room.
18) Download credit card apps
For each credit card that you take with you, download its app to your smartphone; this will help you keep your finances in check.
iPhone Credit Card App
19) Consider roaming services
If you know you’re going to use your phone a lot while traveling abroad, make sure to take advantage of a roaming services provider.
20) Invest in screen protection
From in your home to around the world, a tempered glass screen protector protects your phone’s screen from cracks and chips. You can also find screen protectors that fit your other gadgets.
21) Bring an extra battery
By bringing along an extra battery for your phone and laptop, you can rest assured you’ll have power when you need it most.
Did you know that there are nearly seven billion cell phone subscriptions? This means that there’s almost one cell phone subscription for everyone on the planet. In fact, cell phones are more accessible than toilets. While you may think you know everything there is to know about mobile phones, there are likely several companies you haven’t heard of that offer valuable mobile phone advice and services. Here’s a quick look at the top 4 companies you need to know about.
You’ve probably heard of companies that let you trade your old devices for cash, but what about trading them for charity donations? Gizmogul specializes in providing cash for cell phones, with a portion of the proceeds being given to charities. You can even choose for all of your phone’s proceeds to be given to a charity. And if you’re looking to buy a phone, Gizmogul can help you purchase one that meets your needs, and when making the purchase, you can feel good knowing that part of the money being spent is going to a charity.
Did you know that a little sticker could save you enormous amounts of money on roaming fees? Yep, that’s right! KnowRoaming provides its customers with a sticker that goes on their SIM cards in their phones. When using the phones at home, normal carrier rates apply. However, when traveling abroad, the sticker activates itself and the phones switch to the KnowRoaming network, which provides cheap roaming rates. Remember, prior to using it – you’ll need to unlock your phone first.
3) Cell Phones for Soldiers
One of the best ways to support our beloved freedom is by joining the Armed Forces. Another great way is by making sure that each soldier has a reliable way of communicating with their loved ones back home, and this is the goal that Cell Phones for Soldiers strives to achieve. The organization focuses on collecting funds and phones to give to soldiers who are both overseas and at home. You can either sell your phone to the organization or donate it for free. It’s a win-win for everyone.
4) Free Government Cell Phones
The Free Government Cell Phones organization specializes in providing valuable information related to helping people in need find free phones and free carrier services. When it comes to being a go-to source for all things relating to free phones, this is the organization you want to contact. There are literally hundreds of programs that offer free phones and service, and Free Government Cell Phones can help you connect with the correct service provider. And even better is that the organization can help you become a government phone program sales representative, with the potential of earning more than $1,000 a week.
When it comes to mobile phones, you probably have a difficult time staying up-to-date with the latest trends. After all, every time you turn around a new phone is coming out with updated features and capabilities. Fortunately, though, the Internet simplifies staying in the loop on all things related to mobile phones. Here’s a quick look at a few of the top mobile bloggers and content creators who can keep you current on everything you need to know about mobile phones.
TechDirt – Wireless
You’ll find anything and everything related to wireless devices and networking at techdirt.com/blog/wireless/. One of the latest blogs to be posted takes a closes look at how Verizon is finally allowing “a total opt out from sneaky super cookies.” You’ll also learn how a Google-powered mobile network will soon the change the wireless industry. Looking for something related to the battle between AT&T and T-Mobile? If so, check out this post. Karl Bode, along with several bloggers, provides the content on this blog.
TechDirt – Wireless news
A quick glance at the iDownloadBlog will provide you with an insider’s view of the soon to come Samsung Galaxy S6, Apple’s latest iPhone and all things to do with jailbreaking a phone. Jake Smith and a few other content creators run the blog, brining you must-know information on all of today’s mobile phone news.
The Hacker News
Looking for a site with postings that provide you with the good, the bad and the ugly of mobile devices? If so, you’ll definitely want to check out The Hacker News. Two of the best content creators on this site are Mohit Kumar and Swati Khandelwal. They provide you with an insider’s view on how wireless routers are getting hacked and much more.
The Hacker News
When it comes to all things related to mobile phones, Matthew Miller has the latest news and reviews on updates and relevant news. With in-depth reviews on both Android and iOS based phones, you’re sure to learn neat tips and tricks about today’s hottest smartphones. You can rest assured that the author knows what he’s talking about. He’s been working with mobile phones since 1997 and has owned more than 200 devices.
Unlocked mobile devices represent a large sector of the communication industry, and unlocked phones are perhaps one of the most effective devices for expanding the reach of communication for many people… Unlocked phones have been the topic of many debates in the U.S. Congress, who voted to permanently allow the unlocking of cell phones. People tend to think of unlocked phones as something that people want for the sole purpose of escaping contracts or obligations to their carrier. However, unlocked phones are actually used for several other purposes. Unlocked phones have been used as a vital part of Women’s Protective Services; they enable a larger geographic area to use a given phone; and they improve the global economy.
Women’s Protective Services
Unlocked mobile devices, particularly cell phones, are used to help women leave abusive, dangerous situations. An unlocked mobile device gives women a tool to use in the event of an emergency. For example, an abusive spouse may be stalking a woman, and she can use the phone to notify emergency responders of anything that would make her unsure about her setting, such as leaving work with the spouse’s car nearby.
Reach a Larger Geographic Area
Although cell phone carriers tend to be located and provide service along areas with a high population density, millions of people live outside the reach of the major cell phone service providers. Unlocked phones give these people access to communication, which, in the case of illness, injury, or simply the passage of knowledge; can be a life-saving tool. An unlocked phone can be used on international carriers where the phone’s original carrier does not offer service, or it may be used to reduce the charges of using the phone abroad. Recycled phones are often unlocked and sent to areas of the world in need of modern communication. Furthermore, unlocked phones impact the global economy.
Unlocked Phones and the World Market
If a carrier had the right to nullify and make all phone unlocks illegal, it would devastate the world economy. Unlocked phones give people the option to switch carriers for a variety of reasons, including leaving carriers who charge exuberant fees, have a lack of geographic service, or for the need to move overseas. Not only do unlocked phones help the world market, but they actually increase the competitive efforts between providers, which helps ensure that the cost of using mobile devices stays minimal. If the competition did not exist, a dominant company would gain a monopoly and have unrestricted reasoning to increase prices beyond what most people could afford. This would spiral into the return to the age of the landline phones, and the production and use of cell phones would come to grinding halt.
The advancement of mobile technology has united the people of the world in ways never thought possible. Most cell phones have an initial lock placed on them by a carrier, but the need for effective two-factor communication between people around the world has contributed to the widespread practice of unlocking mobile devices. If the U.S. Government condones the process of unlocking mobile devices for the above mentioned reasons, what reason do you have for not ensuring your phone has access to communication on a global scale?
When preparing for a trip overseas, there’s so much to think about. Let’s take a quick look at a few mobile phone tips to follow both before and while traveling abroad.
Before You Go
Unlock your phone: A lot of people forget to have their phones unlocked so they can be used overseas, at a much cheaper rate. Don’t let this happen to you! You have two basic ways to get your phone unlocked; either through your network carrier or through a third-party service provider, like UnlockBase.
Unlocking your phone allows you to use it on a local carrier serving the country you are traveling to. Without local service, or in the least an international data plan, you will likely pay upward of $15/MB for data; this means sending a simple picture message will cost about $30.
Phone chargers: You’ll also want to stock up on phone chargers, preferably ones that connect to your computer through a USB port. You might even want to invest in extra battery packs to ensure you can stay charged on the go.
We know you’re already planning on taking the coolest selfie for trip, so you’ll want to purchase a lens that is compatible with your smartphone and possibly even a selfie stick.
Download: You’ll want to download these four apps on your phone before you head out:
Currency App: This app simplifies knowing how much money you’re spending when dealing with different currencies. All you do is select the currency you’re making a purchase with and then select the conversion you want to take place.
Transit App: If you’re using public transportation, Transit App is a must. It shows you the quickest way to get to your destination using a variety of transportation methods, including bike shares, commuter rails and more.
Data Manager App: “This app helps you take control of your mobile data usage and save you money on your monthly phone bill.” Clint Johnston from TripHackr says.
Offi Journey Planner: If you’re using public transportation, the Offi Journey Planner app is a must use. It shows you the quickest way to get to your destination using a variety of transportation methods, including bike shares, commuter rails and more.
Once You Arrive
Buy a SIM card: Go to a retailer — possibly even a gas station — that sells SIM cards and data plans for the carrier you want to switch to. Simply pop the SIM card in your phone and follow the activation process; you’ll then have a working cell phone with cheap international calling.
If you don’t want to take the route of switching out SIM cards, you can always take advantage of KnowRoaming, which requires the simple, one-time application of a sticker on your current SIM card that activates itself and provides cheap international voice, text and data roaming rates in over 200 countries. KnowRoaming’s prepaid system puts you in control of your usage and spending, which you can monitor in real-time using the KnowRoaming app.
WiFi: While on your trip you’ll want to avoid costly data usage charges by tapping into free WiFi connections as much as possible. SpeedSpot is an app that helps you identify the closest free Internet connections.
Translation: If you’re in need of a translation app, there’s no better one than OneTongue, which has the capability to support eight users simultaneously.
Stay connected with friends and family: When it comes to staying in contact with your loved ones back home, you can’t go wrong with Skype. Simply download the app to your smartphone and you’ll be able to make international calls for as cheap as 1 cent a minute. Google Hangouts is another excellent communication app, supporting both voice and video connections.
Extra Tips to Keep In Mind
Keeping your phone in airplane mode ensures that you don’t unknowingly use any data,
and it’s also ideal to turn off any push notifications.
When communicating with your friends and loved ones, do your best to do so with a free WiFi connection.