We left our Aussie mobile phones on roaming but turned on Flight Mode. Wifi was everywhere and free so we just connect and use Whats App and Facebook for messaging and talking. We loaded our Skype accounts with credit and while in Wifi range could call anyone and the rates are very cheap – one call to Oz for 30 mins was around 90 cents. In the event of an emergency we could just turn our roaming on and call.
Wi-Fi enabled alternatives
There are some great apps you can use to communicate with people while overseas — if you have Wi-Fi or Internet access.
What’s App lets you send messages, pictures, audio notes and video messages with friends, via Wi-Fi.
Viber is free and lets you call, text or send pictures, via Wi-Fi or 4G.