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Come Home With Memories, Not a Shocking Phone Bill
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By Steven Moity

Updated Jan. 5, 2024, 5:01 a.m. ET - NY Times

The horror story goes something like this: A family returns from a trip abroad, and the glow from the vacation has barely begun to fade when a cellphone bill with hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars in international charges arrives. The phenomenon even has a name: bill shock.

Smartphones have become an indispensable part of international travel. You can use them to check in at the gate, go through borders, find your way around a foreign city and pay for breakfast at a sidewalk cafe. Now, it’s easier than ever to use your phone just as you would at home without getting a big hit to the wallet.

There are two major options: You can get a data plan directly through your phone company or you can swap out your phone’s SIM card, a small chip that stores data about you and your carrier — on newer phones, you can use an app that does the same thing. Here are some tips:

Come Home With Memories, Not a Shocking Phone Bill


Interesting how they build it at a lower level and then raise it to about 15- 20 feet below the walkway. It's almost finished.

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