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Tech tips for travel #28 - How to use Skype on your phone overseas

When travelling overseas keeping connected to your friends and family is one of the most important priorities of most travellers. Skype is a roaming travellers best friends for this purpose.

There a few main areas:

- Diverting your home phone to your local SIM or voice mail
- Making calls back home or to local numbers:
i) to other Skype numbers (free)
ii) using Skype's paid service calling service
- Sending text messages
- very shortly (hopefully) live language translation!

The key to any of these uses is having access to either mobile data or WiFi. Speed of the data is critical, a minimum 1-2mbps is required for a clear signal.

What's your tech tip on staying connected?

Written by Peter Cain

Peter Cain is the Founder and CEO of, a company committed to making it easier and cheaper to stay connected whilst travelling. You can find him on Twitter and Google+. You can also find dataGO on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+ for all the latest info on local and roaming SIMs and data hotspots.

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