When you go abroad to work, one of the tools that you should be certain to pack is your smartphone. Many people could not imagine living without their smartphone on a daily basis back home, but when you are working overseas it can be even more important to have one with you.
Here are a few reasons why you should not forget to pack your smartphone when you emigrate to work abroad.
I’ve mentioned Evernote a number of times before and it is no secret that I am a big fan of this application. However, although it is very useful on your computer it is even more useful when you download the app for your smartphone.
With the Evernote app you can record voice messages, snap pictures and make written notes on the go, all of which will be synced to your account and ready to read on your computer when you get back to your desk.
With a Dropbox app you can always have access to your documents no matter where you are even when you do not have your laptop with you. You cannot get Dropbox for all smartphones, but it is available for Android devices and iPhones.
3. Always Stay in Touch with Clients
If you want to leave your desk for the weekend to explore your new surroundings you can take your smartphone with you and stay in touch with clients wherever you are. That way you never have to worry about whether you are missing an important email.
4. Download Local Apps
Smartphone apps can be a great way to help you to explore your new home. You might be able to find apps for local transport, restaurants, attractions and publications which can help you to get more out of your time overseas.
You can use Skype on most smartphones these days, but if you have a smartphone with a front-facing camera then you can hold video calls as well as audio calls. This could be ideal if you need to arrange a meeting but don’t have your laptop with you.
6. Use it As a Wi-Fi Hotspot
When you cannot get access to Wi-Fi but want to work on your laptop, you can convert your smartphone into a Wi-Fi hotspot (depending on the model you own). This means you won’t have to seek out a Wi-Fi signal when out and about as long as you can pick up a mobile signal.
Other Tips for Using a Smartphone Abroad
If you agree that taking a smartphone abroad to work is a good idea, there are a few ways that you can get even more out of it whilst overseas.
Get a Local SIM Card
Rather than using your SIM card from back home, buy one from a local network when you arrive and you will be able to enjoy much cheaper calls and texts. Just make sure that your smartphone is unlocked first.
Switch Off Roaming
If you do not purchase a local SIM then you should still be able to switch off roaming on your device. This will prevent you running up any exorbitant bills which will be waiting for you when you get back home.
Search Out Local Wi-Fi Connections
Although one of the great things about owning a smartphone is that you can stay connected wherever you are, it is always better to connect via Wi-Fi than to use up your data allowance. It is therefore a good idea to keep a lookout for cafes, restaurants and parks in your local area where Wi-Fi is available so you can always connect for free when you need to.
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