Phone Reminder for Overseas Travel

Finalmente! Lady Cat 6 and Sponsor are are getting ready to head to Europe in a few days!  Along with packing and making sure our documents are in order, we are preparing to prep our Tmobile phones for our adventure.

In case folks are unaware, there is a one-minute connection charge to your phone in Europe – this applies to all cell phones, regardless of carrier. If your phone is turned on, you will be charged, even if you do not answer your phone. Our voice charge with Tmobile is only 25 cents per minute, but I still like to avoid charges whenever I can.

One obvious solution is to just turn the phone off, but that won’t work for us. We use our phone’s navigation app on the road, and we need it on for internet and making our own calls while traveling.

Fortunately, Tmobile has a solution: send all calls directly to voicemail so no charge is incurred. Here are the details:

I also downloaded their free visual voicemail app that uses cellular data (also free) rather than voice to check voicemail:

Other carriers may provide similar services, so if you are not a Tmobile customer, check with your carrier to see what they offer. Also, many phones now come with visual voicemail built in, so check your phone apps to see what you have, and what the features are. Be sure to verify whether or not there is an extra fee involved for using the service!

In addition, there are also several third party apps available, such as YouMail –

Services are described and rated at several sites like Lifewire: and Business News Daily: among others.

Check your App Store, Google Play Store, or Windows Store for apps that are compatible with your phone and carrier.

I’ve added the codes to turn on and off the service as contacts on my phone, so once we’re on the plane, I’ll just dial in, and be set for the rest of our trip!

Questions? Comments? Additional thoughts/ideas? Please share!