Posted on December 9, 2016
3 things to consider when traveling with your smartphone
If you’re hitting the road this winter, here are a few pointers to make sure you make the most out of your CREDO smartphone.
No outlets? No problem
Some smartphones have longer battery life than others. If you’ve checked out our short video on how to save battery life and you’re still running out of juice, look into buying an external battery pack. They come in all shapes and sizes, some as small as a lipstick. You can buy them inexpensively (typically $10–30) from online retailers or at your local electronics store. Or go a little greener with a solar-powered charger, like Anker’s PowerPort for $60.
Need-to-know info about traveling abroad
If you are planning on traveling outside the United States and taking your CREDO Mobile phone, you will want to:
- Enable your phone for international use. Please call CREDO customer service at 800-411-0848 at least 10 business days before your trip so we can allow voice and text use while you’re abroad.
- Review CREDO’s international services (our offerings may have changed since your last trip abroad).
- Consider your data needs. We automatically block data to protect you from high data costs while abroad. Think you’ll need data coverage while traveling? Many CREDO devices can be used with SIM cards from local vendors or global SIM providers. CREDO product director Josh has used global mobile data provider GigSky and recommends it. He writes that “the rates are very reasonable, and it’s a one-stop solution for travel rather than having to get a SIM for every local market. Plus, its cost is very predictable because it’s prepaid and you can top up any time.” If you get a SIM for international data use, you’ll need to contact customer service at 800-411-0848 to get your SIM tray unlocked. Oh, and here’s a handy how-to video for SIM installation.
Keep your data usage in check
It’s easy to rack up data usage if you’re on the go and can’t connect to reliable Wi-Fi sources (pro-tip: avoid public Wi-Fi, and you’ll keep your personal information safe). You’ll want to follow these tips for managing data on your smartphone.
One especially handy tip while traveling is to download Google Maps for the places you’ll visit so you can use them offline. Here’s how: when you’re connected to Wi-Fi, open the Google Maps app, search for the area of your choice, click on its details page, then select download. Learn more from Google’s support instructions.
Wishing you safe and seamless travels this winter, wherever you may be headed!