Smart travel tips: how to use your phone smartly

Have you run out of mobile data, is your battery down or has your handset failed the water resistance test? In the age of smartphones, your mobile phone may be your travel agent, boarding pass, camera, map and information desk. The lack of these functions is really noticeable when something unexpected happens to your handset during your holiday and you can't use it. Yettel experts have put together 5 tips to help you prevent the most common problems and prepare your phone for the summer season.

1. Smart roaming

You may have distant memories of the times when you visited cafés in a foreign country to use their Wi-Fi and plan your route. To make this truly just a memory, check your roaming data allowance before your travel. If you plan a holiday in the EU or in the countries of roaming zone 1, your life is easier because you will be subject to the same regulations as in your home country. If you make phone calls, you’ll have to pay the minute rate of your price plan for calls outside your network, that is, you will need to pay the same rate as for calling another operator’s customer in Hungary.

You can use your domestic data allowance abroad, but it’s worth checking if there are any roaming restrictions on your tariff plan so that you don’t run out of mobile internet at the worst possible moment. If you travel outside the EU, check the regulations of your destination and the roaming services provided by your operator in advance so that you can select the most favourable option.

2. Waterfront safety

If you want to relax by the water, there are a few things to keep in mind. Because of the black screen, phones can overheat quickly in direct sunlight, so when you're not using them on the beach, it’s a good idea to keep them in your bag in a shady place. If you think your phone is overheating, switch it off immediately and cool it down slowly.

No matter how impressed you are by the diving images you see in advertisements, it’s important to stress that not all devices are suitable for taking underwater photos. For most mobile phones, water resistance means that no harm is done if it gets a few raindrops or a splash of water while you’re doing the washing up. Before you take your phone for a swim, it's worth checking its features, because even high-end, truly waterproof phones may not be suitable for spending hours in the water.

3. Handset insurance – before trouble happens

Although it’s important to take precautions, accidents do happen. It’s worth taking out a handset insurance, so that you don’t have to go and buy a new phone right from the airport after your return from an expensive holiday. Depending on the package you choose, Yettel’s handset insurance can cover theft, accidental mechanical damage such as breakage, spills, or even vandalism, internal failure and humidity.

4. Applications for ultimate comfort

Before you go abroad, it makes sense to identify the apps that can make your stay more convenient. You might find various transport applications useful including a local public transport app, Uber, TripAdvisor or Google Translator. Sometimes the best way to relax is to catch up on your favourite series while travelling. Remember, however, that streaming providers have a different offering in different countries which means that the series you want to watch may not be available in the given region.

5. Switch it off sometimes

While a mobile phone can be a great companion when travelling, it’s important to strike the right balance between the digital and online worlds and use your handset wisely. If you tend to glance at work emails while you're resting, turn off notifications before you leave, and use apps to lock some apps to reduce the temptation.