A lot of countries have a steadily growing expat community. The UAE, for example, is vastly populated by expats. In fact, it is reported that 80 percent of the country’s population is made up of migrant workers and other foreigners. This figure only indicates that starting afresh in a different country is no longer as difficult as it used to be.
Contributing to the ease of assimilating into a new country are all kinds of offered services designed specifically with the needs of expats in mind. For example, telecommunication companies use and help develop the best technology to make connecting to different parts of the world a breeze.
Therefore, if you are a new transplant in a certain country, most of the help you need to create a comfortable life is available. Say, you have no idea how to set up your personal telecommunication network to stay in touch with important connections such as your family abroad, there are certainly different services to help with this.
Listed below are five of the best tips to help you get reliable mobile and Internet access in the new country you call home.
1. Do not be too quick to ditch your old phone and phone plan.
If, for instance, you are from Iraq and you came into a new country using your old phone and a postpaid international roaming service that you signed up for before departing from your country of origin, continue to use it. Do so until you find a local phone service package that will allow you to perform all the activities you used your original phone and plan for.
2. Shop for the best local mobile phone plan for you.
Look for mobile and Internet connection service providers which are acknowledged in a lot of countries (including yours, of course). After finding a few, compare their rates and programs. You want to make sure that you will not only be getting the best value for your money, but that you will also be able to communicate in different ways through the phone plan as well.
3. Take advantage of unlimited or free social media access provisions.
Keep an eye out for programs that will allow you to have unlimited or free access to Facebook and other social media sites. Social media sites are actually the best digital meeting places. This way, you can connect with your family and friends from different parts of the world more easily and in a more affordable way.
Convenient communication is not the only advantage you can derive from having unlimited or free access to social media. You can also stay updated on the latest news and have different kinds of entertainment while you are on-the-go.
4. Identify all the Wi-Fi hotspots in your area.
Conduct a search online of the different places where free Wi-Fi is available. At these places, you can connect to the Internet at no cost using your mobile phone. Go to these locations often, especially if your current phone plan does not have a fixed rate every month. This way, you can go about your usual communication activities even when you are trying to save money.
In highly developed and progressive nations, free Wi-Fi can be found in airports, restaurants, coffee shops, schools, malls and even trains. The service is usually fast, too.
However, beware of the risk of exposing sensitive information when you use public Internet networks. Make sure that you do not conduct transactions that require your personal details when you are using public Wi-Fi. There are cunning digital scammers or hackers that use the free public Internet to get valuable information from other users.
5. Consider investing in a pocket Wi-Fi.
This may be an additional expense for you but if you prefer the Internet for communication purposes, a portable wireless modem is definitely worth it. This device will provide you with a personal Internet connection wherever there’s a network signal, and you can have peace of mind about the security of the connection.
Turn this device on and your phone and other Internet-connecting gadgets such as your laptop, gaming console, and smartwatch will have online access.
Getting mobile and Internet access in a new country you call home should not be too hard. Follow these five tips and you can be certain that stable communication with people from different corners of the globe, information, and entertainment will be at your fingertips.
Al-moottil P Antony
Al-moottil P Antony is a C-Suite Executive Support Professional for Zain, a leading mobile and data services operator with a commercial footprint in 8 Middle Eastern and African countries.