Data roaming: don’t let your smartphone burn your pockets!

Data roaming is the is one of the latest bill shockers for many mobile users when they travel abroad. If you’re lost in a foreign city, or at a beautiful destination and want to share media with your loved ones, a smartphone can be a lifesaver.  At the tap of a button, your roaming and connected to cyberspace and Walla, you’re on your way.

Often holiday makers get lost at their new destinations, or might be looking for a specific beach or restaurant or popular clothing boutique and of course the first thing is tapping on the Google Maps icon on their smart phone and problem solved. But on returning back home, the magic wares off when your local service provider sends you the bill and your blood pressure hits the roof! The question often arises, this must be a simple error!?  Maybe the service provider had mistakenly added an additional zero.  So after calling them and the dreadful news is confirmed and the operator says ‘I can understand you are upset, but you did activate roaming’, it’s about that time when reality sets in and you can be assured they will refuse to budge on the bill.

It’ totally possible to land up running up a huge bill without being aware when using your smartphone, because so many have applications that automatically search for online updates and run in the background whenever the device is on.  so the smart phone “could be inadvertently downloading and updating throughout your stay and racking up a monster bill in the process. Often many people have claimed and experienced “phantom roaming” charges, despite turning off the function before leaving for their journeys. But the network service providers say that if data roaming is turned off, there should be no reason for data charges to be incurred. That’s the nightmare scenario many people fear, and ultimately leave travellers and holidaymakers to leave their devices at home.

So what’s the solution?



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With the microchip attached to your sim card, you can connect to the internet whenever and wherever you travel. Forget buying sim cards every single time when you can just use one!

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“The connectivity project had to be completed in only ten weeks. Even with the short
timeline, Jackie was determined to meet each deadline at every step. She demonstrated
incredible leadership in envisioning a project beyond the scope of any other entrepreneur or
organization our team met with to discuss the potential of this project. While others came up
with limited solutions, Jackie went above and beyond in finding creative solutions to
individually source and provide data packages in each of the different countries and
continents where our delegates needed access, including over 500 delegates from the
African continent.

While this particular project was created to provide connectivity for our delegates to
meaningfully participate in AIDS 2020: Virtual, this project has the potential to expand far
beyond its initial scope. Already, there has been an interest by other international institutions
who have lauded this project as an example of what future virtual events and organizations
must do in order to ensure equity and accessibility for the foreseeable future. Many
delegates who received data and/or mobile device packages from Flexiroam had zero or
very limited prior access to data. Now with access to this technology, these individuals have
the opportunity to continue to be connected digitally worldwide.

Jackie has been an invaluable partner and leader in helping us to pilot this incredibly
innovative project. Without her and her Flexiroam team, we would not have been able to
provide digital connectivity and accessibility to almost 1 000 delegates most in need of

Emily T Blitz
Director, Conferences
International AIDS Society