If you don’t want to use your cellphone the next time you are vacationing abroad or attending a business meeting, check out international SIM card services. If you do your homework well, there are many country-specific cards that will keep your telephone bill really low.
You could also choose a local prepaid SIM once you reach your destination. But remember, these are city/country-specific. For example, the Matrix Cellular plans may be cheap for the US, but not for Europe. Similarly, for Singapore, a $10 SingTel prepaid SIM can save you a lot of money.
If you want to keep your own number active as well, carry a second handset.
Check out Tata Indicom’s iPass services if you want to scrimp on data access costs abroad.
Sync manually for more music
Log on to support.apple.com/kb/ HT1535 to check out different ways in which you can manage multiple iPods on one computer. You can also take control over what goes on in each iPod by changing its settings from the default automatic synchronization to manual music management. You can cherry-pick the songs you want on each iPod— and leave the unwanted tracks behind.
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Penny-pinch on phones
Rule No 1: Don’t fall for the hottest, hippest and newest cellphone model. Be practical and avoid feature overload. If you don’t use GPS or the in-built camera often, you don’t need chunky memory.
Rule No 2: Check out handsets that have been in the market for a while. Remember, gadget prices “settle down” some time after they are launched. So don’t crave the BlackBerry Storm because it’s new. Buy the Curve instead. Don’t whine for the Nokia E71, buy the E61i if it offers all that you require.
Rule No. 3: If your phone is working fine but looks old, how about going in for a new shell instead of a new instrument? For example, replacing your Nokia Communicator will cost you Rs30,000 whereas changing its “shell” will leave you poorer only by Rs4,000.