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Roam worry-free on your Spring Break

(NC) Travel is more fun, seamless, and secure with the use of a smartphone. It doesn't matter whether it's traipsing along the French Riviera during Spring Break or catching some rays in Cancun, students, families, and couples alike are using this technology to stay in touch, access maps, and find the tastiest local fare.

Be reminded, that when you take your device outside of Canada, you roam on another carrier's network and this service is not included in your regular monthly fees. However, roaming is now much easier and affordable. Follow these three tips to stay connected while travelling – without spending more than you plan to:

Manage usage to avoid surprises

There are many simple ways to track data usage while travelling. Use your device's built-in data tracker or download a free version from the app store. Some carriers even offer services and tools to help you keep tabs on your spending. Rogers sends customers real-time data usage alerts and on-demand notifications at no extra charge so you know exactly what to expect on your monthly bill. Also, be sure to close any apps that may be running in the background that may use data.

Plan ahead

Before you go, check your past billing statements to find your average daily talk, text and data usage. Multiply by the number of days you'll be away to help you choose the right roaming package for your trip. If you like to send photos, use maps, social media or stream music, the U.S. and International Travel Packs from Rogers offer enough data to let you use your smartphone just as you would at home.

Take advantage of secure Wi-Fi

A secure Wi-Fi connection can't replace the convenience of a carrier's always-on network, but it can be handy when you want to stream video or share large files. Before connecting to a Wi-Fi network, confirm its name with the hotel concierge, coffee shop or airport employee. Some hackers create fake Wi-Fi hotspots in an attempt to steal your personal information. If you're logging into online accounts or sending personal information, it's best to connect to a carrier's secure network.

Additional tips on roaming worry-free, plus a calculator to estimate your data needs, are available online at

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