Phone Access in Sicily
As much as we may hate to admit it, we've become pretty inseparable from our cell phones. We may feel even more clingy when we're traveling because of all the “what if’s” floating through our heads.
While I hope you’ll take advantage of your Sicilian vacation to unplug a bit, I also know that we love taking pictures with our phones and updating loved ones back home.
With that in mind, here are a few tips for staying connected while in Italy (+ another time-saving tip for your US re-entry):
International Day Passes - Most major carriers are finally catching on that people like to travel and take their cell phones with them. AT&T and Verizon both offer International Day Passes, meaning that for $10/day you can have the exact same coverage (voice, text, and data) that you do back home. You are only charged for the days you use the service, and carriers will generally send a warning message 60 minutes before one 24-hour window closes. To avoid any unnecessary charges, on days you don’t want to use an International Day Pass, keep your phone in airplane mode.
Unlimited International Data - If your mobile carrier is T-Mobile be sure to check which plan you’re on before you leave. It may already include unlimited international data and texting. If not, you can still add services while you’re away.
Wifi - If having constant access to wifi is your biggest priority, you might want to consider leasing (or even purchasing, if you're a frequent traveler) a mobile hotspot like Skyroam. For about $10/day you can rent a mobile hotspot, have unlimited wifi access anywhere, and connect up to 5 mobile devices at a time. Plus, I've got 10% off just for you when you use the code: SICILYWIFI2019. We always use Skyroam when we travel to Sicily and have always had a great experience!
Disclaimer: We are a Skyroam affiliate and receive a small commission on any purchases made through our link.You can check out the latest blog post on our experience with Skyroam here.
A few more things to keep in mind if you’re not planning to use an international data plan:Wi-fi is technically available at all of the hotels we’ll stay in, but it can be unreliable.If you're not opting for an international plan on your phone, be sure to avoid any unplanned charges by switching your phone to airplane mode. This way you can be sure to only connect over wifi.When you’re connected to wifi, you can place phone calls over a messenger app like Skype, Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp.
BOTTOM LINE: The best way to know all your options where mobile data is concerned is to check with your mobile provider before departure.