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Don’t be a Data Dummy When You Travel Overseas

U.S. visitors Zach Branch, 19, right, and Madison Franklin, 18, both from California, kiss in front of the Parthenon during their visit at the Acropolis hill in Athens, on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Vacations in Europe have a new attraction: the euro's steep drop in value is making the continent cheaper for tourists from across the world, especially the United States and China. Branch said that as a U.S. citizen is much cheaper to travel to Europe now, than it was two years ago. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)
U.S. visitors Zach Branch, 19, right, and Madison Franklin, 18, both from California, kiss in front of the Parthenon during their visit at the Acropolis hill in Athens, on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

 

(USA Today) – Talk is cheap. Unless you travel internationally.

Then your wireless phone bill can be expensive — very expensive. At least that’s the conclusion of a new survey by communications company Telestial. It found that 82% of international travelers worry about the cost of data when they’re overseas.

And with good reason. Oddly, only half say they’ve bought a SIM card for their phones, which might help them save money. Instead, they power down their devices or use them less, fearful of a huge phone bill, according to Dan Rasmus, the principal analyst at Serious Insights, which conducted the study.

“Americans,” he adds, “just don’t get international data.”

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