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Roaming charges are additional charges that your mobile phone service provider adds to your call costs when you use your mobile phone outside of your home country.
A roaming charge manifests itself as higher outgoing call costs and as a charge to receive a call. Roaming charges can add significant costs to your mobile phone bill so care must be taken when travelling outside of your home country with your mobile. In some countries the additional costs can be as high as £3 (about $4.50) per minute. It has been known for individuals to return home to huge mobile phone bills due to using their mobile abroad without consideration for the additional costs of the roaming charge.
There are a number of methods to reduce roaming charges or avoid roaming charges completely.
The most obvious and "drastic" way is to not use your mobile when travelling outside of your home country. For many this is impractical and unreasonable, espeically for business users.
One option would be to use a local SIM card. Swapping your home networks SIM card for a SIM card local to the country you are visiting would mean that roaming charges would not be applicable. The concern here is that your friends, family and contacts back home will have to call an international mobile number. Also, if you happened to cross the border to another country you would incur roaming charges. In some instances the SIM card may not work at all due to a roaming agreement not being in place. If you travel regularly to different countries you would require multiple SIM cards and have one for each country you visit. Your contacts back home would then have to call a different number each time you changed country. Carrying multiple SIM cards could be inconvenient and impractical.
One of the most popular solutions is to use an International SIM Card or Global SIM card. These SIMs cards reduce roaming charges significantly and often have free incoming calls. An international SIM card will have one or more numbers associated with it which allows contacts to call the same number no matter where you happen to be. This avoids the issues of carrying multiple local SIM cards and different contact numbers.