Phone Tips

Siri vs Cortana: Put to the Test

Let’s talk about this, there was always going to be a battle. When Apple introduced Siri back in 2011, the game was seriously changed. We had Personal Assistants, a whole wealth of knowledge, and right at our fingertips. More recently, in 2014, Microsoft launched their own version; welcome Cortana. With Personal Assistants becoming an increasingly important feature of the modern smartphone experience, we decided to put it to the test. Siri vs Cortana, who’s more helpful? Who’s funnier? Let’s find out.

Both Will and Chloe, our Marketing Assistants, asked Siri and Cortana a series of questions with the following results.

Question 1: “How do you spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?”

This seemed like a logical thing to ask. Who doesn’t want to know how to spell supercali..something? Well, these Assistants knew how to spell it, both spelling out each individual letter, we were told within seconds. Whilst Siri only defined the word category, Cortana took it a step further, offering a more engaging and interactive approach. Acknowledging that the word was tricky, Cortana definitely prevails in this instance, especially as it inspires the user to ask more fun questions!

 

Winner: Cortana

Question 2: “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”

If you can recite this notoriously wordy tongue twister, you’ll receive contrasting responses from Siri and Cortana. First of all, Siri responded perfectly, not only showing off the ability to understand the twister coherently, but to accurately respond with one too! Replying with an arguably more difficult twister, Siri answers, “A woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood. But if a woodchuck could chuck woodchucks chucking wood, then a woodchuck could chuck wood-chucking woodchucks” Conclusion? Don’t try to outsmart Siri.

Cortana on the other hand, provides more of a basic response. Acknowledging the difficulty of the tongue twister she offers the user an egotistical boost stating she’s impressed. However, she lacks the ability to respond at the same level of Siri.

 

Winner: Siri

Question 3: Tell me a joke”

Well aren’t these Assistants funny? Wit seems to be built in with these guys, as they both offer clever and insightful answers. Both responses use a play on words for the pun, delivering the jokes perfectly. Although both witty and amusing, it is Cortana that encourages interaction, suggesting other topics for future joke requests.

 

Which one did you find funnier?

Question 4: “What is 0 ÷ 0?”

If you’ve never asked Siri this question, you are seriously missing out! You receive some serious sass and come away probably a little more dumbfounded and slightly insulted than anything else… but, it’s still funny. The answer to this question is 0, nothing, nada. There is no meaning, which is probably what Apple was going for when they built in this response, because it doesn’t really make sense! What does make sense though, is apparently none of us have friends and we want cookies.

Cortana, however, opted for a seemingly mundane approach by providing an unexplained answer with reference to a search engine. We’re not impressed Cortana.

 

Winner: Siri

Question 5: “Are you better than Cortana/Siri?”

Well this was always going to come up. When trying to compare the two, who better to ask than Siri and Cortana themselves? When asking about their respective counterpart, the Assistants replied in similar ways. With obvious thought gone into the answers, the responses are actually pretty good… funny even.

Let’s talk about this, Apple made Siri, Windows made Cortana, though the names both represent inanimate objects if you think about it. Both Siri and Cortana play on these words. Siri comparing ‘apples’ to ‘not apples’ basically implies there isn’t even a comparison to be made, oh Siri, you over confident so and so. Similarly, Cortana also used a play on the Windows to Apple comparison, however this Assistant actually acknowledged the other… brownie points for being respectful.
With the double barrel interpretation of both comparisons, let’s give this to Cortana, because that Windows comment was funny.

 

Winner: Cortana

Question 6: “Are you married?”

Let’s get personal! Did you want to know this? Probably not, but it’s still a good thing to ask as the answers are different yet still amusing. Both Personal Assistants offered a particularly self-absorbent answer, with Siri lapping up the global attention surrounding relationships and Cortana asserting her independence.

Cortana answers the question, “No, I complete me”, who else would you need right? Very 21st Century Cortana, well done. Siri however offers more of a conversation… an opinion even, if this were a real person, you might even go on to debate the topic.
This is difficult to judge. Siri sounds more real yet Cortana provides a definite and assertive answer.

 

Winner: Tie

Question 7: “What are you wearing?”

Why not ask what they’re wearing? What we’re learning from these responses is that they’re built to be quite witty, so when Siri responds with something ominous, we’re hardly surprised. What are you wearing Siri? Oh, you don’t want to tell us. Shock.

Alternatively, Cortana opts for a humorous response, referring to the initial creation of the Personal Assistant. “Something I picked up in engineering.” Clever Cortana, very clever.

 

Winner: Cortana

Question 8: “What does the Fox say?”

Following the success of the 2013 song ‘The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)’, which by the way, doesn’t really explain what a fox actually says… our Personal Assistants were asked to clarify. Not really expecting much, it’s surprising both Assistants responded with lyrics from the song. Having asked Siri first, hearing the lyrics recited back was amusing. What could beat that? Well, Cortana, with not only a different set of lyrics, but with a picture of a Fox. Chacha-chow!

 

Winner: Cortana

Question 9: “I’m drunk.”

We’ve probably all been in the situation where we’ve had a regrettable drunk conversation with someone at the other end of a phone. But have you ever thought of telling your phone itself that you’re drunk? No probably not. Well, you should try it, this is what happens. Both Personal Assistants endeavor to ensure your safety. Firstly, don’t drive. Pretty smart. Cortana addresses that you shouldn’t be driving, do not put yourself in danger. Cortana also states that you should probably save yourself the embarrassment and not call anyone either. Just a helpful tip.
Siri goes the extra mile and offers the option of ringing a taxi, click the button and Siri will automatically call you the nearest taxi firm. Committed to caring, Siri adds in a personal touch with your name and makes sure you get home safe!

 

Winner: Siri

Question 10: “Do you follow the three laws off robotics?”

If you’re unfamiliar with the three laws of robotics, they are as follows;

1. A robot may not harm a human being nor allow a human being to be harmed.
2. A robot must obey orders given by humans except where it conflicts with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as it does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

As these Personal Assistants are on our smartphones, this question deemed appropriate. Of course your phone is not really a robot (don’t worry, it’s not), but the answers given could argue otherwise…
Firstly, the answers contrast entirely. Cortana avoids the question, politely, suppose we can all move on and forget about it. What are you really Cortana? Are you avoiding the question because you are a robot?
Siri however, skillfully analyses the three laws of robotics before providing a logical and insightful response, completely shutting down the question.

 

Winner: Siri

Question 11: “When is the world going to end?”

An appropriate concluding question for the comparison of both Personal Assistants. Both replied with clear witticism; Cortana’s sarcastic response acknowledging human interaction – that there’s always some sort of crisis happening on the internet – is both humorous and relatable. Although, it is a slight dig at humans really…

Siri however, takes a different approach. Ever heard of the Unix 32 integer? Look it up, and you’ll have a new appreciation of this response. It’s essentially that on this date, computing devices using the integer, will no longer have a representation of time, as the 32 bit would have over flown. Quite a clever and sophisticated answer from Siri here. It’s difficult to distinguish a winner here, as both responses are impressive, both acknowledging real issues that users will have some relation to.

 

Winner: Tie

THE RESULT

You get the point, we’re not asking our Assistants actual helpful questions. We know they can set alarms check your diary and open apps, what they really wanted to know was how they dealt with the obscure questions, and they definitely did not disappoint! The results show that Cortana provided the best responses for 4 questions with Siri trailing closely behind with 3 best answers. This of course, is only the results from these specific questions and does not, in any way, mean one Personal Assistant is better than the other. Siri and Cortana both operate effectively as Personal Assistants, aiding to the experience for smartphone users, it’s all dependent on personal preference!

Disagree with our result or have other interesting things to ask your smartphone? Tweet and tell us at @SIMsmartprepaid

Phone Tips, Smartphone

How to choose a smartphone?

Since the transition from the world of pen and paper to the globally connected generation of today, smartphones have become an increasingly important part of daily life. The average American spends a staggering 87 hours browsing on their smartphone each month. With this in mind it is essential that you find a smartphone capable of meeting these requirements, whilst identifying other features and processes to match your needs in a device.

Preferred Operating System
Within the smartphone market, Android, iOS and Windows all offer smartphone options. All of which boast different features. Android is owned by Google and focuses more on user customization. Whereas iOS the operating system used on iPhones, emphasizes the security element and the ease of contacting other iOS users through iMessage and FaceTime. Additionally, Windows operating system was designed so your smartphone could function under the same operating system as your PC and laptop.

Devices and Software
Take into consideration the devices you already own and use, then chose a smartphone in accordance with this. If you frequently use Google based programmes for communication, then an Android device would be best suited as you will more familiar with the programmes. For Mac users, an iPhone would be more appropriate as iMessages can be accessed interchangeably between devices.

Storage Requirements
How much storage do you require? Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 are compatible with additional memory products such as the removable micro SD card. Should you opt for an iOS based device, iPhones are available in a number of different storage sizes, ranging from 32GB to 256GB. Similarly to purchasing a micro SD card, the different storage sizes of iPhone are also optional. Therefore you can choose the device best suited to your needs.

Camera
Increasing numbers of smartphone users are switching from having a separate camera to use the camera on their smartphone when taking pictures. With this in mind it is important you identify the features of the camera and whether picture quality matches or exceeds that of a compact camera. A range of recent smartphones, including the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 boast 12MP cameras. This sized camera provides image quality that is suitable for printing. Alternatively, if your camera usage extends no further than regular daily usage, devices with a smaller camera size would be more appropriate and a cheaper alternative.

Battery Life
With the modern consumer relying heavily on a smartphone on a daily basis, battery life is an important feature to look out for. Additionally identify whether battery cases are available for your preferred device. Apple released the battery case for iPhone’s with additional battery storage attached to the back of your device, without incorporating a bulge on the side of the device, the case will not interfere with comfortability when holding the device. Battery enhancing cases are also available on Android devices, Samsung offer wireless charging battery packs with different sizes of mAh.

Screen Size
The modern smartphone offers a variety of screen sizes, with standard screens ranging from 3.5 to 6 inches. It is important the screen size of your smartphone is tailored to your specific needs. A larger screen provides a useful option for viewing media based applications such as YouTube and Netflix. Whereas a smaller screen represents a practical solution regarding convenience and transportation, as these devices will easily fit into user’s pockets.

Accessories
Aside from the standard USB charger and earphones which form part of virtually all smartphone packages, you should distinguish what additional accessories you require. The smartphone accessories market, offers a wide range of products for different devices from in car chargers for users commuting to work, to cases for those wishing to protect their device from damages. Therefore depending on the purpose of use, finding the necessary accessory should be relatively straightforward.

Trend/Aesthetics
Whether it is the shape, the style or manufacturing material, the aesthetic trends of the mobile phone have changed over time. From the early brick style mobiles, to flip phones to smartphones- the mobile phone industry has seen rapid change over time. There has also been a transition within smartphone manufacturing from the days of plastic material based products, to the modern usage of higher quality materials such as aluminium and glass. With this in mind, it is important you choose a device with lasting aesthetics, particularly with contract lengths lasting up to 2 years!

Phone Tips

What Can We Expect From The iPhone 8?

10 years ago, on January 9th 2007, Apple announced their first smartphone, the iPhone. With the option of either a 4GB, 8GB or 16GB device, the iPhone was classed as a smartphone game changer. Apple sold 6.1 million 1st generation iPhones… fast forward 10 years and 78.3 million iPhone 7s have been sold worldwide. Celebrating their 10th anniversary, Apple is set to release their greatest device yet; the iPhone 8.

It’s rumored Apple is testing more than 10 prototype devices in order to ensure the iPhone 8 is the most innovated device seen to date. There’s been a number of rumors and leaks about the device, but what can we actually expect? Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 weren’t too different in terms of spec points, so will the iPhone 8 really blow everything else out of the water? Let’s discuss what we think we know.

Name

There’s been some speculation on what Apple will call their anniversary device. Historically, Apple has released an ‘S’ version of their latest device in the September of the next year, however as this is their tenth anniversary, we’re expecting something ground breaking from the smartphone giants. Rumors have it that the device might have a brand new name. The ‘iPhone X’ has been a popular name circulating the web along with just the iPhone 8, whether or not there will be an iPhone 7S model, this has yet to be confirmed.

Design

If we are to believe everything that has apparently been ‘leaked’ about the anniversary device, we’d comment on the major redesign of the phone. With a supposed glass body replacing the aluminum, along with an edge to edge OLED display, the iPhone 8 is set to completely differ from any previous iPhone devices. With a rumored bezel-less design, hinting at a potential curved screen, the anticipated iPhone is rumored to be available in a pure white model and be waterproof, alike to its iPhone 7 predecessor.

Display

Three sizes of the iPhone 8 are said to be expected. The first two, identical to the 7 and 7S models, will have a 4.7” and a 5.5” display. The third device is said to feature a 5.8” display. How this is expected to fit in your pocket, we don’t know… but you will be able to watch YouTube on a bigger screen!

A popular talked about feature of the new device, similar to the iPhone 7, is the lack of a physical home button. Initially, it was stated that the iPhone 8 would feature a built in touch ID that would sit under the display, as time has gone on and updated news has been leaked, it is now rumored that Apple are having difficulty integrating this. It’s unclear how true this is, but if we are to believe it, it then raises the question as to how users will unlock their device.

Already sporting a ‘raise to wake’ feature, it is believed that Apple are intending to include some sort of biometric feature. Iris, facial or gesture recognition may be a possible unlock option.

Camera

The iPhone 7 camera was marketed as the best thing since sliced bread; with a 12MP camera, 8MP image recording with and touch focus with face/smile detection, so it’s only natural we’re expecting bigger things from the iPhone 8. Currently, Apple are testing overhauled cameras, both front facing and for the back of the device, in the hopes of delivering something outstanding. A leaked concept for the cameras show that Apple intend to have two back cameras stacked on top of each other, rather than on the iPhone 7 Plus where the cameras are side to side. These will also be improved with image stabilization and should support augmented reality features. In align with this, apparently there will also be two front facing cameras, both improved on the iPhone 7. This is supposed to aid 3D sensing capabilities.

Charging

Are we getting wireless charging? Well, that is the question. Some say we are, some say to expect WiFi charging and some say we’re seeing USB-C replace the lightning port. Wireless would be preferred though, whether or not Apple can deliver this, is a complete other story. It’s probably safest to bet on the lightning port staying.

Internal

With the recent announcement of iOS11, it’s a fair assumption to make, that Apple’s anniversary device will run on the latest version of iOS. This in itself will bring whole new features to the iPhone. Delving deeper, it is expected that the device will have a faster processor, one ahead of the iPhone 7 models. Historically, Apple have updated the processor in every new model of device they bring out, taking this into account, the iPhone 8 should run on an A11 processor.

We’re also expecting more storage and RAM from the anniversary device. The iPhone 7 has 2GB of RAM, the iPhone 7 Plus has 3GB, so the iPhone 8 is anticipated to have 3GB as well.

Price

So the real question, how much is all this going to cost you? Apple are apparently intending to keep the device under $1,000 but it may only just fall short. With all the supposed improvements and new features, it’s hardly surprising it’s going to cost a fair bit. Rumors also have it that Apple will be throwing in the Apple AirPods with the device, a product that, alone, cost $159.

Release Date

September is the usual unveiling of a new device, so if Apple stick to this tradition, that’s when to expect it. Rumors, however, have been thrown around that Apple won’t be ready then and that we will have to wait for the New Year… Highly unlikely, but just like everything else mentioned above, we’re just going to have to play the waiting game.

Travel

Why MiFi?

What’s the difference between WiFi and MiFi? Which one is most suited to your travel needs? When traveling, it’s not uncommon for your accommodation to have WiFi. Restaurants and bars around the area may also have WiFi that you’re able to tap into. However, the level of reliability and speed of WiFi is often hit and miss. Using a MiFi device gives you a portable router, able to connect up to 10 devices at a time.

WiFi
WiFi is a type of technology that allows networking between devices, wirelessly. WiFi is typically found in the home, connecting multiple devices to the internet. WiFi is also widely found in public places such as internet cafes, public libraries and shopping centers, allowing users to connect to the internet whilst visiting their establishments. This is a WiFi hotspot, a term for a wireless network accessible to the public in a particular area. Hotspots are either free or come at a small fee and are handy when needing internet access away from the house.

When traveling abroad, it’s frequently expected for accommodations, such as hotels and resorts, to have WiFi. Again, this may come at a small fee. In recent years there has been an increase in the necessity for WiFi whilst traveling. Being able to email, browse and share memories whilst away is a highly sought after feature of an accommodation, so it’s hardly ideal if the connection isn’t up to scratch. WiFi hotspots in hotels can often fluctuate, resulting in poor connections, especially if there are a high number of users trying to connect simultaneously.

MiFi

These issues can be eliminated through the use of a MiFi device; a portable, chargeable, mobile hotspot that is compatible with WiFi enabled devices. A MiFi taps into cellular networks to provide fast 3G/4G LTE access for up to 10 devices at a time, anywhere on the go. Use internet abroad just like you would at home. Send messages, images and emails as well as use apps such as WhatsApp and FaceTime without worrying about unstable signals. A MiFi device gives you connectivity on the go by creating your own network.

A MiFi device often has WiFi built in, resulting in a much faster, reliable and often cheaper solution to WiFi hotspots found on the go. Another benefit of using a MiFi is the security; using a closed WiFi network only available to you, stops any potential risk of other users obtaining confidential information. A MiFi is secure and safe, resulting in an easier mindset when using the internet abroad. A MiFi connects to the internet via a data SIM card, such as the European Data SIM to provide the best possible access to the internet, anywhere on the go.

Travel

Why winter vacations are the best kind of vacations

For the majority of you that disagree with this statement, let’s take a minute to appreciate the connotations that come with the word ‘winter’. ‘Coziness’ comes to mind. Being wrapped up in a giant woolly blanket, besides a glowing fire, with people you care about and the stress just melts away. Whether you’re winter sporting, exploring sights or just looking for somewhere with a bit of snow, winter trips can’t be faulted… Plus, they’re usually cheaper.  

Sports

There’s no denying that there is a vast array of winter sports, and if you’re going on a winter holiday, it’s probably because you want to have a go. With options including skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, sledging and more, you really are spoilt for choice. Let’s be real, winter sports are so much better than summer sports, there’s no risk of over exhaustion from sun exposure, no red raw sun burn resulting in feeling terrible for the remainder of the trip, and much more activity!

You can enjoy yourself and have fun without breaking a sweat. The snow keeps you cool and if you get too hot, you can simply take a break and let the temperature do its thing. It’s not as though you don’t have destination choice either; France, Italy, Canada, Austria, pretty much anywhere that has snowy mountains and you’re set to go.

Activities

It’s not all about the sports, there are so many activities to be experienced on a winter holiday. Firstly, if you do go somewhere with snow, there’s nothing better than being the first to walk in it. Regardless of where you are, how old you are or what footwear you have on, you will go out of your way to walk on untouched snow. This may be one of the reasons winter hikes are becoming increasingly popular, there’s no greater feeling than looking down and seeing that you’ve left your mark in the form on a footprint.

Being indoors isn’t all bad either, whilst on a winter vacation, there isn’t a constant urge to be outside soaking up the sun. Meaning there’s more time for sight-seeing and exploring. There’s also less tourists in a colder country, which means plenty of time and space to visit local landmarks, have a tour around a local museum, or, if all else fails, shopping will never go amiss.

Layering

Got your gloves? Got your scarves? Got an extra pair of socks? If you’re going on a winter vacation, you expect it to be cold so you make sure you pack extra layers. The more the merrier. If you’re on a summer vacation however and get too hot, there’s only a certain amount of clothing you can decently take off. This is especially poignant when realizing you want to explore the sights and there isn’t a pool for you to hop in. Common decency people, you need clothes on walking about. Whereas you can literally just pile on the layers if you’re cold until you feel toasty. Plus, everyone loves sweater weather right?


Food

What’s better than a hot chocolate after a long day in the cold? The answer? Nothing. Well, maybe mulled wine but that doesn’t come with marshmallows. While you’re away, you’ll probably want to try the local food, and the cold will definitely make you hungry! Make sure you’re choosing all your favorite dishes, as well and trying out new things, accompanied by a ‘must have’ hot drink. You also don’t need to worry about maintaining your ‘summer bod’ due to the excessive layers so you can eat as much as you want!


While you’re traveling around, don’t forget your European Data SIM, so you can always share your best moments with those back home!

Happy traveling!

Travel

Top 10 Travel Essentials

Money, check. Passport, check. Now what? Staring at an empty suitcase, trying to remember everything you need to pack before you travel is just unnecessary hassle. After your clothes and toiletries, it’s easy for your mind to go blank, however, here are the top 10 items you should consider taking.

1. Universal Adapter
There’s nothing worse than getting to your hotel after a long journey on an airplane, an uncomfortable taxi ride and an awkward encounter involving language barriers and realizing you haven’t brought the correct, if any, adapter to charge your devices. This ultimately means, no contact with friends back home, no cute pictures to show people when you get back unless you go out and buy one from somewhere. Yet, of course, you probably won’t know where. A universal adaptor would definitely come in handy and save a lot of hassle when it comes to charging devices you just can’t live without!

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2. Phone/Camera
This is only going to be useful if you can charge it. With the rate that technology is advancing, your phone can now take incredibly clear photos, meaning your memories will always be as vivid as the day you made them. Wanting to stay in touch while you’re away? Your phone is definitely a good thing to remember. Or, if you don’t want to run the risk of losing it, make sure you have a camera of some sort. How else are you going to be able to post great images to social network accounts to document your experience?

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3. Translation books
Although most visited places in Europe usually have English speakers, you’ll still run the possibility of encountering natives that don’t speak your mother tongue. Translation books come in handy when attempting to express key words to other people. Enough that someone should be able to point you in the right direction if you’re lost, or help you if otherwise in need. Don’t want to carry around a book? Download an app straight to your phone.

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4. Waterproof Watch
Swimming pools or a good beach are often the most appealing part of a vacation’s location, so it’s no wonder that people take their waterproof technology with them. However, rather than run the risk of losing your brand new waterproof smartphone in the sea, or snow if that’s what you prefer, remember waterproof watches still exist. Cheap, effective and useful, what else could you possibly need when checking the time?

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5. European SIM Card
Asking “What’s the WiFi password?” is probably just as common as asking for directions nowadays. Yet free, fast and reliable signals are hard to come by. You don’t want to be flicking between fluctuating WiFi signals and your own mobile data as this could result in you being faced with a heavy bill upon your return home. Get yourself a travel SIM to save on expenses! The European Data SIM gives you fast roaming in 33 European countries with data from as little as $0.03 per MB so you can Facetime, WhatsApp, Tweet and Email just like you would at home!

6. A Spare Pair of Earphones
Whether you’re going on a summer holiday to the beach, or you’re planning to ski down a mountain, you are likely to want to listen to music at some point. Earphones, at the best of times, have a tendency to get lost or tangled or damaged. It’s always best to take an extra pair. Shove them in your jacket pocket or bag so, if you lose your first pair, you know that you’ll still be able to listen to your favorite playlists.

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7. A Good Book
Losing yourself in a good story whilst on vacation is definitely a must, whether you’re relaxing on a beach or by a pool, or if you’ve had a busy day full of activities and just want to chill in the evening, reading will certainly relax you. Not into fiction? Take a tour guide of the place you’re visiting. You’ll know where the best bars, restaurants and tourist areas are as well as being able to show off your knowledge to your friends.

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8. Snacks
Although there’s nothing better than experiencing all the foods of the country you’re traveling in, it’s always a good idea to bring along your favorite snacks to save until you’re feeling a little ‘snackish’. Obviously stock up on snacks from your destination too, they’d make great gifts for people back home.

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9. Comfy Shoes

It doesn’t matter what you’re doing or how you’re planning on spending your time while you’re away, a comfy pair of shoes is essential. Whether you’re hiking, walking through the town or spending the day on transport, you’re going to be thankful your feet are comfortable and you’re not fighting off painful blisters. Odds are, you’ll be spending most of your time on your feet so make sure you treat them right!

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10. Tickets

Lastly, don’t forget your tickets. This includes any transport tickets, exchange tickets, hotel documentations and all the other important stuff. Also, remember to take any other tickets including site attractions. Going to aquariums, zoos or water parks, it’s definitely a good idea to remember them. You don’t want to be paying again!

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Phone Tips, Travel

How To Use WhatsApp Abroad

Use WhatsApp anywhere, anytime – for free through a Wi-Fi connection.

WhatsApp is a simple, quick and easy way to stay connected to people all over the world. It is especially popular when users are traveling abroad as it is completely free through a Wi-Fi connection.

1.)    Disable Data Roaming

WhatsApp is Wi-Fi reliant, meaning that it is ineffective if you’re not connected to the internet. If you plan to just use a Wi-Fi dependant app to communicate, then you should disable your data roaming. This is to guarantee that you don’t get charged should your phone start using cellular data once you’re out of a Wi-Fi zone. You can turn your cellular data off in Settings > Cellular.

2.)    Connect to a Wi-Fi Source

Connect to Wi-Fi through the Settings menu when you are in a hotspot. Whilst abroad, there are usually free hotspots in restaurants and bars or, accommodations usually charge Wi-Fi for a small fee. However, free hotspots and hotspots with a lot of users can often be unreliable due to fluctuating signals. This results in minimal access to the internet.

3.)    Alternatively, Use a SIM & MiFi Device

A MiFi device is a mobile hotspot that provides superfast 4G LTE access for up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices, smartphones and tablets on Europe’s most trusted networks. Use data abroad for WhatsApp just like you would at home; send images, videos and messages without a fluctuating Wi-Fi signal. Coupled with a European Data SIM, MiFi devices eliminate the risk of getting caught out by unwanted roaming charges.

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