Whether you’re a free spirit who loves exploring the great outdoors, a cultured urbanite who enjoys eating at the trendiest restaurants, or some combination of both, you’re bound to have a wonderful time in the beautiful country of Canada.
If you’re reading this article, it’s probably because you’re almost ready to start your trip to Canada. You’ve likely booked your hotels, planned a flight, and possibly even made a list of sites you’re planning to see.
Now, you’re probably just wondering what you need to do to get your phone set up for international travel. Here is quick list of tips to help you prepare.
5 Tips for Using Your Phone in Canada
1. Don’t stress the roaming fees
If you’re an AT&T Wireless customer with a current unlimited plan*, then Canada and Mexico are included in your coverage area. So, feel free to call back home and share your experiences. You don’t need to buy any special travel packages.
* AT&T may temporarily slow data speeds if the network is busy.
2. Don’t get stranded without a charger
If you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to take plenty of pictures on your trip. You may also rely on your phone for important things like navigation. The problem is if you’re using your phone a lot, you may wear down your battery, and nobody likes to get stranded in an unfamiliar place without a phone.
That’s why you might want to invest in a portable power bank that is compatible with your device. That way, you won’t need to stop to charge your device if your battery runs low. Instead, you can just plug into your back-up battery and recharge while you’re on-the-go.
3. Prepare your devices for the cold
Depending on where you live, the cold climate in parts of Canada might be new to you. This isn’t a joking matter, especially in the winter. While the most important thing is bundling up to keep yourself warm, you’ll also want to be mindful of your devices. Extremely cold conditions may cause issues with the batteries in some phones, so I would recommend keeping your devices from getting too cold. Also, as always, don’t leave your phone out in the elements.
4. Back up your photos
Most of us try to be careful with our devices, but sometimes life just happens, especially when you’re travelling abroad. If you accidently lose your phone at the airport or somewhere along the way, it’s going to be sad to lose all those wonderful photos of your vacation. That’s why I recommend regularly backing up your photos on some type of cloud service. If you’re an AT&T customer, one good option could be AT&T Personal Cloud.
5. Protect your phone from accidents
This tip honestly applies to any trip you go on, not just trips to Canada. In fact, it’s pretty good advice for when you’re back home, too. That said, depending on what you plan to do during your trip North, you might want to be extra careful about how you protect your device.
If you’re like me, for example, and you like to go hiking and explore the outdoors, be ready for the possibility of dropping your phone in some rough terrain. I’ve even busted some devices just by dropping them in my own home. That’s why I’d recommend finding a high-quality phone case to help keep your device safe.
Enjoy your trip to Canada!
Trips are supposed to be fun, not stressful. You should be out searching for the best poutine in Montreal, or maybe skiing down your favorite slopes in British Columbia. The last thing you should be thinking about is something like roaming fees or charging your phone. Hopefully, these tips for using your phone in Canada helped you put your mind at ease, so you can focus on having a good time. Good luck and safe travels!
This article is AT&T sponsored content written by Matt Johnsen, a TechBuzz contributor and AT&T employee. The statements in this article are his own and don’t necessarily represent the positions, strategies, or opinions of AT&T.