Don't get stung when using your phone abroad

Bosses at the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) have urged people to be extremely careful when using their mobile phone on holiday.

The strength of the dollar in recent times has encouraged more Aussies to take a cheap break in a foreign land, as they know full well that their overseas travel money will stretch further than usual.

However, a lot of holidaymakers end up spending astronomical sums because they use their smartphones too frequently.

Data roaming is the biggest problem, as network providers charge you huge amounts to surf the internet while abroad.

With so many people wanting to upload their vacation snaps to Facebook, it is unsurprising that the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman reported a 66 per cent increase in complaints about excessive bills in the past year, News Limited reports.

ACCAN's Elise Davidson told the news provider that phones should only be used when absolutely necessary.

"Our advice is, if you need to use your mobile when you're overseas only use it for texting," she was quoted as saying.

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