In the modern day; everything revolves around sharing information. In fact, every other business is solely based on information. The way you handle information in your business while travelling and when around determines the scale of your success. While going on business travels, it is very important to stay connected so as to ensure that everything is running smoothly.
Most of the businessmen nowadays depend solely depend on their smartphones to send and receive information regarding their businesses when they go out on business trips. However, if you don’t know the dos and don’ts to stay connected once you are out on travel, communication might prove to be a very dreadful undertaking as well as expensive.
Below are some tips which can help you staying connected when going for business trips without having to spend a lot of money;
Ensure That Your Phone is Unlocked
When a phone is locked, it is tied to a specific service provider and hence it is of little or no use in areas where the service provider does not cover. It is therefore necessary to ensure that your phone is unlocked and it can operate normally in another network. You can contact your carrier to guide you through unlocking your phone.
Failure to unlock your phone will make your communication very expensive. This is because you will have to pay international roaming fees as well as data. Alternatively, you can purchase an international roaming plan which will still be expensive but cheaper than paying for international roaming fees.
Ensure Your Phone Is GSM Compatible
Globally, there are two major standards for all service providers; CDMA and GSM. It is advisable to opt for the GSM compatible cellphone especially if you are travelling to areas where the cell service is not such strong. This will ensure that you will always be within reach whenever your business needs you.
A Little Research Will Help
If you carry out a little research about the cellular service providers in the country you are visiting, then you will have an added advantage while making decisions.
This is because you will be able to determine whether to deal with the local carriers or to take your service with you. You will also know the size of the SIM card that you can use since different phones use different sized SIM cards. You will also know the protocol to obtain a SIM card in your destination and hence reduce the hassle once you get there. The more you know about the scope of the services provided in the area you are visiting, and then communication will be far cheaper.
If you are travelling for a significantly long time, you can suspend your service for the time you will be away. This will save you a few dollars which will be a credit to your business.
Alternatively, you can use Google Hangouts or WhatsApp to text instead of using SMS services which are a bit costly.
Upon arriving to your destination, you can obtain a local SIM from the convenience store in the airport. In most cases you will only need to present your passport. If you had done enough research, obtaining and activating the SIM card should be a simple task. Remember to keep your original SIM card safely.
The above steps will help you keep connected while traveling and hence your business will run smoothly.