Dodging Big Smartphone Rates Abroad

May 2, 2011 at 7:00 am

It’s the golden age for doing business globally.

High-tech products from svelte laptops to lightning-fast digital networks make it easier than ever for globe-trotting businesspeople to cut deals from practically anywhere

Yet there’s a surprise stumbling block: the smartphone.

Vital calls drop and eye-popping telecom charges pile up quickly, killing the thrill of slick on-the-go modernity.

Roaming rates for phone calls and access to email and other data services such as Internet browsing vary widely from country to country, easily jacking up bills. Certain phones work only in some regions, and not in others.

Making things more complicated, most carriers over the past few months have quietly phased out the unlimited data option. Verizon, for example, said it cut its unlimited plan because of the higher roaming fees it had to pay to overseas carriers.

R. Cheng, The Wall Street Journal, April 20, 2011


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