Wifi access (international access)
Look for the wifi zone sign or ask the owner of the centre/shop for how to access the free wifi and the applicable passcode. On occasions they may request you make a purchase to allow obtaining the passcode.
Usual places for free wifi:
– Shopping centres
– Train stations
(insert regional breakdown of wifi access)
Japan – Free wifi on trains and starbucks.
– If you put a “?.jpg” to the end of most URLs in an airport, you can get free Wi-Fi without having to login or pay.
World Wifi internet access
– Includes pocket / portal wifi devices and hotspot services (Rent or Buy)
Wikitravel – internet access while travelling abroad – http://wikitravel.org/en/Internet_access_while_traveling_abroad
Fon (International Wifi hotspots) – https://fon.com/
Global WiFi Finder (App) – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jiwire.android.finder&hl=en
Global WiFi hotspot locator – https://secure.globalroaming.com/wififinder/
Wifi mapper – https://www.wifimapper.com/
Wikivoyage – Internet Access (Guide to Internet Access around the world) – http://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Internet_access
Wifox – Airport wifi locator – https://foxnomad.com/wifox-continuously-updated-map-wireless-passwords-airports-lounges-worldwide/
Xcom global (Global Wifi device and service) – http://www.xcomglobal.com/
Wifi internet device rental
Skyroam – http://www.skyroam.com/
Mobile roaming – Calls and internet
Travelling overseas with your mobile phone can be risky, in terms of the potential costs you can occur if you are with your home country provider with the global roaming. Far too often in the news and from friends, you hear about receiving exorbitant phone bills which could have easily been prevented.
Before you head off overseas, make sure your Smartphone is unlocked so you can utilise a third party’s sim card and services.
Your communications provider may require an unlocking fee to be paid – if you are still within the contract terms of your plan. My advice is to not use your service provider overseas, unless there is a facility where you won’t be charged international roaming prices. Keep in mind, that overseas you may be liable for the costs to receive calls, so a friendly call from someone at home who doesn’t know you are overseas can create bill dramas.
This goes for mobile phone internet, where bill shock is becoming a growing problem. With the extensive availability of WIFI across the world, there should be no reason to have the internet from your service provider on. In your phone settings, simply find the function where you can turn your network internet off – and leave it off until your return in your home country. In your accommodations, airports and also around shopping districts, you can connect with the Wifi service (some may require you to obtain a password from the administrator of the Wifi service).
But, if you are clever you can still enjoy the premium of having a mobile phone when you travel and also make / receive calls. There are many ways to go about this, but I’ll just briefly mention a few ways:
Dual sim card smart phone:
Firstly you can buy a global travel sim card. In Australia, Woolworths offer this product in all their supermarkets across the nation and acts like a prepaid card service. The calls of the costs are calculated on which countries you are travelling within, so how you stretch the credit can vary greatly from one user to the next. More information on the Woolworths travel sim card can be found here:
Alternatively in the country you are within, you can pay a visit to the local convenience stores. They would sell both the sim cards and also calling card (calling cards are great but not so great if landline phone numbers are not readily available) – I’d stick with the sim card option which gives you greater flexibility and portability on the go. Be careful when buying as the card would be in the native language of the country you are in and you may accidently buy a variation of what you originally intended to buy. Pay special attention if you can use it in neighbouring nations too, so that you get the best value and don’t have to buy a sim card in each of the nations you are travelling to.
The most recommended way (in my opinion) is to utilise the accessibility of WIFI in your accommodation and other places which they are available on your travels. Have Skype installed on you smart phone, laptop or other electronic platforms and then you can make free calls Skype to Skype- and for a very small fee to mobile or landlines. Important is to have the device plugged into the charger, as the device can run out of power if you don’t. What I often do is to call the mobile or landline of the person I want to speak to and then request them to jump on Skype (if they are in the position to do so at the time). This saves you spending your Skype credit and also the facility to do video calling.
The advice from the Australian government’s website is very useful and contains several tips and tricks to not get stung with excessive fees:
o ACMA – International mobile roaming fact sheet – http://www.acma.gov.au/Citizen/Stay-protected/My-mobile-world/Content-and-services/international-mobile-roaming-fact-sheet
Mobile phone telephone network types
World time zone – Network comparisons – http://www.worldtimezone.com/gsm.html
Australian phone networks and frequencies – https://www.whistleout.com.au/MobilePhones/Guides/Will-my-phone-work-in-Australia-carrier-network-frequencies
Electronic Communication (Includes Telephone and electronic communication apps)
– Includes international Sim cards by region, country or international roaming.
– Sim card providers in each country and/or region – need to ensure mobile telephone is compatible with their service
Australian Mobile Telephones (and lost telephone) :
Lost telephone reporting – http://www.lost.amta.org.au
Find out telephone imei – Press: *#060#
Call telco to block iemei if telephone is stolen and advise police
Australia post – Travel Sim – http://auspost.com.au/travel-id/prepaid-travelsim.html
Avant Card Postcards – http://www.avantcard.com.au/
Cisco Jabber (Video Conferencing)
Cisco VC unit
Country Calling Codes – http://www.countrycallingcodes.com/
Facebook live chat – https://www.facebook.com/livechat/
Facebook Messenger – https://www.messenger.com/
Facebook Messenger – Mobile – https://www.facebook.com/mobile/messenger
Frequency Check (World mobile phone frequencies) – https://www.frequencycheck.com/
Google FI project – telephone wireless sim communication service – https://fi.google.com/about/
Hoot Suite – http://www.hootsuite.com
Kik – http://kik.com/
Line – telephone app – https://line.me/en/
Microsoft Lync –
Mobile network operators – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mobile_network_operators
Skout – Travel Meeting people – http://www.skout.com/
Skype – http://www.skype.com
Skype – Translator – http://www.skype.com/en/translator-preview/
Telegram – Messaging app – https://telegram.org/
Truphone (One Simcard over international countries at local rates) – http://www.truphone.com/au/
Viber – http://www.viber.com/
YB Tracking (World wide adventure tracker tool and service) – http://www.ybtracking.com/
Whats App – http://www.whatsapp.com/
Wikipedia – List of mobile network operators – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mobile_network_operators
Wikipedia – List of telephone operating companies – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_telephone_operating_companies
International Dialling Numbers
Amadeus – International dialling codes – https://www.amadeus.net/tools/dialing
Wikipedia – List of Country calling codes – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_country_calling_codes
Tip – Calling out of country press 0011 then the rest of the number
Local Phone directories
Canada directory – http://www.canada411.ca/