Last week I told you about my little trip to Asia and how Be-Bound® allowed me to stay in touch with France.
Today I’d like to tell you a little about my stay there.
As it is mid-term school holidays we decided to spend this week in our flat in a ski resort of the French Alps, La Rosière. La Rosière is on the “little St Barnard’s Pass”, only a couple of miles away from the Italian border.
And guess what happened to my data plan when this morning we went for a small trek with the kids ?
We left the station and we went up towards the pass. After a 30 minutes walked we reached a first little pass overlooking Italy. That’s this very moment that chose my carrier to send me a text message.
The text message mentioned that “I had used about 80% of my data plan abroad”. I was a bit surprised as my phone had not left my pocket….A further look at my smartphone gave me the clue to that mystery : As I was walking on the border line, but still in France, I lost my carrier signal and before it came back I got hooked up on an Italian carrier signal….Immediately all my data synchronized….And I used without realizing it 80% of my data plan abroad without even having put a foot outside the country…
Nowadays, when we decide to travel, either for business or for leisure, one of the questions that lingers during the trip is, “Is my mobile phone bill going to be under control?”
A quick phone call to our carrier, a detailed reading of the terms and conditions often bring more concerns than answers…what does it all really mean? Then you might find yourself looking for answers on internet forums, which even when extremely useful, tend to confirm our fears with an overly simplistic solution: Don’t use data when travelling…