Be wary of 'rip-off' data roaming charges when abroad

With the Aussie dollar continuing to ride high on the back of news of a eurozone bailout for Greece, travellers from down under have never had it so good.

Aussies are reaping the benefits of the weak euro and strong dollar, which means they can buy far more items on their travel credit cards than in previous years during their holiday.

However, despite the extra spending power afforded to Australians, there are still a number of pitfalls to avoid when heading abroad.

Arguably, one of the most important things to consider is the cost of data roaming charges if you are planning to use your smartphone in a foreign country.

Editor of the Mobile Gazette Conrad Longmore said that the fees are "still a huge rip-off", as network operators are charging excessive amounts when their customers utilise 3G services while overseas.

"We still hear stories of people running up bills of thousands of [dollars] when overseas, and this should simply be impossible," he remarked.

In order to avoid hefty bills when you return, it is best to use your smartphone sparingly, or seek out free Wi-Fi connections when sitting in bars, restaurants or in the hotel.

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