Tips for Smart Business Travel
15 Jun 2015
Wifi and Mobility Savings
Hotels and airports provide available WiFi for those doing their work on the go. However, those traveling in cars, buses and trains will find it scarce. Some cell phones provide a WiFi hotspot but if yours doesn’t, there are devices that connect to cell towers and allow you to use your laptop just like at home. They require a data plan, although some offer prepaid plans.
Use Messaging Apps for Communicating
When traveling overseas, sending text messages can really pile up the expenses. WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS.
Use Prepaid SIM Cards
Another solution to overseas calling is to purchase a prepaid SIM card for your phone that allows access to your carrier’s overseas network for that country. Starting at $5, it can keep your cellular costs comparable to your usual cost.
Use Prepaid Phones
Most airports have kiosks that will rent or sell prepaid phones that will work in that country. As with most cellular plans, you’ll need to read the fine print to keep an eye on the pricing.
Use Services Like Skype
Within the United States, Google Voice and Skype can provide low cost calls, as low as a penny a minute. A Google account is required for Google Voice and a phone. It will tie several phones together under one number, if desired. Skype is also handy for the business traveler, allowing for conference calls on the go and low cost calling anywhere there is wifi and no bars.