Headline May 18, 2018/ ''' SMART-PHONE-SMART '''


AND YOUR SMARTPHONE is your most vital travel tool : You rely on it, and at times, you rely on it 100%, for navigating unfamiliar places-

So, here is how to pack and prepare your smartphone for a trip

MANY TRAVELERS are familiar with this scenario : You are finally going on that well-earned vacation.

You decide to take your smartphone on the journey. But you run into host of tech snags after you arrive at your destination.

You might quickly burn through your cellular data limit, for instance. Or may be you can't log in to some apps that send you text messages to confirm your identity.

Your maps may not load. And your battery runs out of juice just when you need the smartphone the most.

These headaches may spoil what was supposed to be a relaxing vacation. They may even make you wish you had left your phone at home. But your smartphone is your most vital travel tool :

You rely on it for navigating unfamiliar places, finding places to eat and things to do, and taking photos.

Fret not, traveler. To help you plan a smooth summer vacation, here's an overview of the tech you should pack to use a smartphone abroad, and more important, what you need to do with your phone before you depart.


The tech you pack should revolve around keeping your phone running.
Michael Zhao, an editor for Wirecutter, a New York Times company that recommended products, helped me create a list of essentials:

.- A Backup Battery : When you are travelling you will be using your smartphone for an extraordinary number of tasks, so you will burn through your battery quickly.

A small lightweight external battery pack is a must.

Wirecutter recommends the Jackery Bolt, and my battery of choice is the Anker Power Core Slim. Both are compact and capable of charging a smartphone two times.

.- At Least Three Power Cables : Pack two power cables for your phone. One that stays in the hotel room and another to carry on with your battery pack. Your third power cable should charge your battery pack.

.- A Mutliport Wall Charger : For the sake of travelling light, don't pack multiple power bricks to charge your phone and battery.

Buy a multiport wall charger that can power all your gadgets at the same time.

I Pack the Anker PowerPort 4, which has 4 ports.

.- A plug Adapter [If Applicable] : Some countries use power that outlets are incompatible with your plugs. Research the type of power outlets that your destination has to determine if you need a plug adapter.

Your best bet is to order a kit that has adapters for every type of outlet.

.- Sim Card Ejector [If Applicable]. If you plan to use a foreign wireless carrier's service, you will need to pack a card ejector, which looks like a small metal pin, to swap out your SIM for the foreign carrier's.

A SIM card ejector was most likely included in the box when you bought your smartphone. If you lost it, you can use small safety pin.

I tape my SIM card ejector to my passport holder. 


If you want to use your smartphone  abroad, the easiest way to do so is to pay your carrier an  international roaming fee.

Paying an international roaming fee will enable you to use your phone number, and you won't have to deal with hassle of installing a foreign SIM card.

The problem is that it is expensive.

Using a foreign SIM card is cheaper, and it's not difficult if you prepare doing the following :

.- Unlock Your Phone : Your phone must be unlocked to work with foreign SIM cards. Many new smartphones come unlocked by default, but you should call your carrier to confirm that your device will work with other wireless carriers.

The Honor and Serving of that latest Operational Research on smartphones and life continues. !WOW! - thanks author and researcher brian X. Chen for the Tech Fix.

With respectful dedication to the Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all ''register''  on !WOW! : wssciw.blogspot.com  the World Students Society and Twitter !E-WOW! -the Ecosystem 2011:

''' Pack  And Prepare '''

Good Night and God Bless

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