Whenever I go out of the country, I make sure that I have the following apps on my iPhone: Google Maps and Waze to help me find the location of the hotel and all the tourist spots that I plan to go, and Trip Advisor to know where’s the best place to visit and best restaurant to eat. These apps have been tried and tested in Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Osaka, Bangkok, Kyoto, Singapore, Shanghai, Phuket, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taipei. See the Foursquare marks below:
So how can I access these apps even when I’m inside the train or strolling at the park or shopping at the mall? I subscribe to Smart Surf Abroad! For only P550 a day, I enjoy worry-free data roaming that enables me to update my social media accounts in real time. Check out my travel photos on Instagram (@starmometer) and track the hashtags: #StarmoInKorea, #StarmoInPhuket, #StarmoInOsaka, #StarmoInSingapore, #StarmoInShanghai, etc. All those pictures were posted in real time!
Also, check out my Instagram post 27 weeks ago when I’m in Hong Kong. Google Maps helped me find my hotel in a breeze after alighting from Mong Kok subway station. Finding your hotel in an unfamiliar location usually takes time but by using the navigation app, it only took me around 5 to 10 minutes! And I will not be able to access Google Maps if I’m not subscribed to Smart Surf Abroad.
And did you know that this valuable service from Smart has been enhanced lately? The country’s leader in mobile expanded the coverage of #SmartSurfAbroad to 112 countries (from the previous 57 countries)! So even if you’re in South Africa, Brazil, India, Myanmar, Argentina, New Zealand, Ukraine or the Netherlands, you are covered!
It is now also more convenient for Smart Postpaid subscribers to enjoy a worry-free data roaming experience. Unlike before, you don’t need to register this time. All you need to do is to manually select roaming network (for iPhone users, simply turn data roaming on) since Smart will automatically connect you to their partner network overseas.
Another good thing about the enhanced Smart Surf Abroad is that you don’t have to worry for bill shock. The new network lock feature does not allow roaming usage on non-partner roaming networks. Thus, no unwanted data charges! You only get charged Php550/day even if you turn your data roaming on and off several times.
And of course, with this service, you can experience convenience everywhere because while touring you can access your email, and social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc. You can also chat with your companion on Whatsapp, Viber, Facebook Messenger, etc. so you’ll never gonna lose each other. And if you’re not familiar with some foreign words, you can use Google Translate.
Surf Abroad 550 is available for Smart Postpaid and Smart Infinity subscribers. You will be charged a flat rate of P550 from 12AM-11:59PM of the visited country. However, if you’re on a Corporate account, you will be charged regular roaming rates of Php307/MB for Asia & America and Php512/MB for Africa, Europe, Middle East and Oceania.
For more details about this service and for the complete list of the 112 countries covered, simply visit http://smart.com.ph/postpaidsurfabroad.