While away, go online and send emails using your cellphone, a laptop or another
internet-enabled device. It’s the same service you have at home, but with
international roaming costs.
When connected, you’ll be charged for the data you send and receive in increments
that may vary per operator. Surfing the internet on your cellphone can amount to
a few 100KB per day, but can require several MB if rich multimedia content is accessed.
Data roaming can quickly exceed 10MB as downloading presentations, pictures, music
and videos is typically very data-intensive. Just 10MB could cost between R10 and
R5 000 depending on the zone you’re roaming in. If you have a smartphone (or
any other device which uses data) and don’t intend using data while roaming,
you should disable all data-related activity before departing.
Consider suspending email to your device to avoid being charged minimum billing
increments each time your device connects to the mail server (even if no new mail
is sent or received). Smartphones typically have many apps running e.g., a weather
app, that continuously or periodically use a data connection. If you use a tablet
or laptop, make sure you’re aware of all background download activity, e.g.,
Windows updates, anti-virus updates or any other app downloads.
If you intend roaming for a short period only, it may be a good idea to disable
updates when roaming and try to keep downloads to the essential items only.