Technology and Other Conveniences

Technology and Other Conveniences

Plug Adapters, Yes; Electrical Converters, Probably No

  • Plug adapters should be the only electronic tool a traveler needs to purchase.
  • The chargers for most electronics are now built to run on any electrical system from 100 to 240 volts; so one does not have to purchase a voltage converter.
  • If in doubt, look on the charge cord or in the information that came with the device.

Cell Phones

  • It is becoming ever easier to have cell phone service abroad.  A large number of smart phones (and even some of the “dumb” phone models) can be used internationally.
  • The large providers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.) also have short-term rental plans for vacationers going abroad.
  • Travelers should contact their service provider to get more information.

A few Common Sense Rules

  • Travelers need to understand the rates involved in using a “handy” in Europe; as calls from one cell phone to another and data usage can be VERY EXPENSIVE.
  • If wifi is available, travelers should take advantage of it, because keeping in touch through email, Skype and similar services will be a lot cheaper alternative than spending hours on a cell phone in Europe.
  • Travelers should check with their hotels / B&B to see if wifi is available.  Generally, there is no cost to this; but that is not always the case.

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