If you are travelling our of the country for the very first time, you may wonder if your smart phone will work or not. An important thing to know is that different countries use different frequencies for their phones, and you need a compatible phone in order for it to work in countries like France or the United Arab Emirates.
For phones to be able to send and receive texts, calls, and 4G data in most parts of the world, look for the term “quad band” on the phone’s packaging, or look for 850/900/1800/1900 in MHz on a specifications page. If your phone supports all of these MHz, you won’t have much trouble when travelling.If you got a phone that came free or at a discount by signing up for a phone plan, it is very likely that your phone is network locked. When it is network locked, your mobile carrier prevents it from being used on any other network but its own. Because you own a network locked phone, you can only pay your mobile carrier’s roaming fees by the minute. Network locked phones are a common practice in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and some parts of Asia and Europe. Only by paying your mobile carrier a significant fee would you be allowed to buy an unlocked phone.With an unlocked phone, you can make phone calls, send text messages, and use cellular data from anywhere in the world.
Regardless of the phone you have, be sure to buy a SIM card in the country you are visiting, for using your current SIM card will still apply some big rates. You can use a new SIM card for cheaper rates than your older SIM card, but you will have a new phone number and an empty contact book, so be sure to contact friends about your new number if you plan to talk on the phone with them during your travels.
Mobile rates in Pakistan or similar countries will be higher on network locked phones. Because your existing domestic phone plan only works in your own country, you will get charged much more for sending content on your phone.
Some mobile carriers have special plans for travelers that frequently travel out of your home country, but if you do not have one of these carriers, do not consider roaming if you do not wish to break the bank.There are ways that you can still use a phone in different countries, if you do not want to buy an unlocked phone or unlock your phone through illegal means.Even if your phone cannot send or receive mobile data in another country, it will still connect to a Wi-Fi connection just fine with lowered mobile rates in Pakistan and other countries that you visit. You can find Wi-Fi hotspots in various hotels and restaurants. There are various ways to communicate with others online through applications made for connecting with friends and family, most commonly through text messages and video calls. Travelers like using this option for the lack of constant notifications they are alerted with on their phone through various times of the day.
You can rent or purchase a mobile hotspot as well. These come in the form of card-like devices, and can be inserted into your phone or laptop, and your phone will always connect to it. This way, you will not need to drive to a restaurant or wait until you are at your hotel to connect to the internet and check for messages from people that you know.