Roaming is a wireless telecommunication term basically used with mobile devices. It refers to the mobile phone being used outside the range of its home network and connects to another available cell network.

Data Roaming is a process through which you connect to the internet while you are away from wireless connections(Wi-Fi). But if you have a smartphone, connecting to the internet means you will be able to update apps, use social media apps, background app activity, and many other things, it is not just about browsing web pages.

Data Roaming
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All of these activities are also done in the background of smartphones to keep you up to date with all the latest information and that is where problem may occur for you. Even while your phone is switched off, and you might not even know it, it may still be utilizing internet data in the background. This can accidentally cost you a lot of money if you are traveling internationally.

Can I Turn Off Data Roaming?

Yes, you can easily turn off data roaming. It is the best possible way to avoid unnecessary data roaming costs. It can be done easily from the cellular settings of your smartphone.

How to connect to Internet without turning Off Data Roaming?

There are many options available if you want to get online such as.

Option 1

The first thing that you should do is turn off the automatic app updates on your phone instead of turning off the data roaming This will stop your phone to prevent automatic updates. However, this option is considered unreliable and not a fail-safe option. When you start receiving push notifications for these apps, it may cost you more than 10 MB which may result in a hefty amount of money for such a low usage.

Option 2

The second option suggests that you can simply turn off data roaming and look for free Wi-Fi hotspots. Like if you are staying in a hotel you can simply use the internet of that hotel. In this way, it would prevent any data usage.

Option 3

Third option suggests that don’t use smartphone for internet but instead use your laptop with a data roaming USB. This way you will only pay for the data you use and not updates to apps like on your handset.

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