Tips for Smart Business Travel

15 Jun 2015

Wifi and Mobility Savings

931736_393575Create Your Own HotSpot

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.

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