Learning to fight off roaming costs can be tough. This goes double when you are traveling all over the world. The good news is, a lot of the tips we have already talked about work in just about every location. The bad news is, there are still some areas that are slightly “different.” Antarctica happens to be one of those places. This is not to say that Antarctica is not a beautiful place, but it’s a location that not many people visit on regularly.
Find Out if You’re Covered
Before you can do anything, you first have to find out if you’re even covered under your current mobile provider. The truth is simple, a lot of smaller providers do not even cover locations like Antarctica. If this is the case, your best bet would be to get a prepaid phone. If you are on one of the lucky networks that can cover you while in Antarctica, then you need to check their rates. Typically, when using your mobile in the “far corners of the world,” rates tend to be higher than…say…if you were just using your mobile in another country in Europe.
We’ve Said it Once, We’ll Say it Again: Get With T-Mobile
In just about every blog we have posted about roaming rates, we have mentioned T-Mobile. Well, there is a reason for that! Hands down, this provider offers some of the best rates you can get your hands on. Not only that, but as of July 1, these rates just got even better.
Recently, T-Mobile has unveiled details about how to keep roaming costs down while traveling the world (this does include accessing the internet through your mobile). What they have come up with is a new deal that is supposed to reduce “bill shock”, even when visiting places like Antarctica. This is called “boosters.” In short, this new deal makes T-Mobile the best option for travelers who wish to use their internet (at least briefly) while traveling abroad. For example, some deals include 3MB worth of data for as little as £1 or 33p for every MB of data used. Do keep in mind that rates do very by location.
Some providers (like T-Mobile) offer something called Wi-Fi calling. Pretty much, this is a service that allows you to make calls through Wi-Fi. It is perfect for areas where you can’t get a lot of service (Antarctica…we’re looking at you). On top of this, the roaming charges that most providers offer through Wi-Fi calling is better than what they offer when you’re connected to their towers. In some cases you may be able to save as much as 98 percent. On top of that, some providers don’t charge roaming rates as long as your connected through Wi-Fi calling. That being said…finding Wi-Fi in Antarctica could prove to be difficult. Some ships that take you to Antarctica (cruise liners) offer Wi-Fi for guests…this may prove to be your best chance to use such a service.
Prepaid Calling Cards
If you want to avoid any bills at all, you can’t go wrong with a prepaid calling card. Since the card is prepaid, you do not have to worry about any unexpected bills. That being said, if the card runs out while you are in Antarctica, you can’t just hop on over to your local store and pick one up. Be sure to know your terms and conditions on the card before using it. Why are prepaid cards so good? Well, it has to do with the fact that most have low international (and even domestic) rates.
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