People planning to travel overseas for a holiday this summer may be shrewd if they decide to trade in their mobile phone first.

That is because some devices can be particularly expensive to operate while abroad, with text messaging, calls and internet browsing all said to be potentially costly exercises.

New research by Carphone Warehouse has found that some 79 per cent of mobile users will access the web while in a foreign country this year.

However, just six per cent are aware of how much it is costing them, with Facebook and Twitter given as the major causes of web use.

“Data users should keep a look out for WiFi spots where they can connect to the internet without using the local 3G network,” advised Matt Stringer, managing director at the Carphone Warehouse.

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development recently revealed that half a billion people were using mobile broadband by the end of 2010, up by ten per cent on last June's figure.

Posted by Peter Robinson

Written by Mazuma

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