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How Do You Feel About In-Flight Cell Phone Usage?

By SHANNON KELLY

Photo: Peter Russell

Virgin Atlantic announced last week that it will join a few other pioneers (Air France, for one) in becoming one of the first airlines to allow cell-phone usage in flight. Travel Web site Skyscanner reported the results of a survey yesterday in which Britons opposed this development to the tune of nine out of ten, or 86 per cent. (more…)

Want to Avoid Canadian Roaming Fees? Turn Off Your Phone

By SHANNON KELLY

Remember these? Might be cheaper than using your cell phone while travelling (Photo: Friscocali)

Getting hit with a huge cell phone bill after your vacation is a real bummer, and it happens more than it should, to Canadians in particular. We have some of the most expensive roaming rates in the world. Rates which “have no relation to what it costs to provide the service,” John Lawford, counsel at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, told a reporter at Postmedia News. (more…)

New Way for Canadians to Save on Wireless Bills in the U.S.

Photo by -bengerman

Canadians pay some of the highest roaming and long-distance fees in the world, and a quick trip abroad (or even to another province), can result in wireless-bill sticker shock. With some 18 million Canadians tripping into the U.S. each year, a service that lessens these fees is bound to be popular. (more…)

7 Ways to Keep Your Phone Bill Low While Travelling

Photo by Attila Acs

Ever return home from a trip to an astronomical phone bill? You’re not alone. Today helpful folks at Canada’s three largest wireless companies—Bell, Rogers, and Telus—share tips on saving yourself from a case of post-trip sticker shock.

1. Know your plan…and your phone. An obvious tip, it would seem, but many a traveller ignores this advice and thus begins a world of hurt. If the information on the provider’s Web site is confusing, contact them directly before leaving. They’ll likely have suggestions specific to your device and plan. Some phones, for example, allow you to block certain e-mail accounts while you travel or set up low-res image downloads. Take advantage of features available to you. Even if you’re already on vacation, it’s not too late. Call or live-chat your provider from the road (from an open Wi-Fi network, please) to have roaming or other features added immediately.

2. Add a roaming package to your plan before you go. Data charges especially (e-mail, Web surfing, sending photos) can pile up quickly. Bell has separate U.S. and international packages.

3. Use local Wi-Fi networks whenever possible. Yes, it’s totally awesome to post that pic of a polar bear to your Facebook page a few seconds after you’ve snapped it with your iPhone, but it’s also expensive. Even if there is a charge to use an open Wi-Fi network, you’ll still pay less than the cost of roaming fees for the same usage. Be sure data roaming is off, because if the Wi-Fi signal drops, your device may revert back to using data and start charging you roaming fees.

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