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Save your data while traveling with these easy setting changes

Save your data while traveling with these easy setting changes
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If you're like most people, you can't imagine your everyday life without your smartphone. Sure, you might complain that your children or grandkids always seem to be staring at a glowing-blue screen.

But you probably stare at your smartphone, too. Don't feel guilty about that (but do be careful).

Smartphones are a fact of life. You use them for GPS directions in the car. You use them to take photos and videos and, of course, you get updates on your family and friends on Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites.

One great thing about smartphones is that it's so easy to use Wi-Fi for free, to avoid using up your data plan. You most likely have Wi-Fi at home but you can find FREE Wi-Fi just about everywhere these days, whether it's your hotel room, a restaurant or shopping center.

If you travel, you use Wi-Fi to stay connected when you're in an airplane or halfway around the world. The problem is, Wi-Fi isn't always free when you're overseas. In fact, you can get socked with big roaming charges.

Before you hit the road, call your cellphone provider to ask about extra charges you may incur when you're traveling. Then, follow these four steps to make sure you don't come home to a shocking cellphone bill.

1. Google Maps Offline

How often do use Google Maps? You probably use it all the time.

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