I'm an infrequent international traveler - paying two college tuitions is a great cure for wanderlust - but I've done enough to realize that, once you leave the United States, cell phones and wireless data can be an absolute minefield. So I was pleased to see that the FCC takes the problem seriously enough to weigh in with valuable advice on the first day of summer - probably because it's the agency that gets complaints when consumers get burned.
How burned can you get? Before a brief trip to Europe last year, I was warned by an AT&T rep that I could face thousands of dollars in "data roaming" charges on my iPhone if I didn't remember to turn that function off before I landed in another country. (Want to read about someone who forgot? Click here.)
What I didn't realize till today, and thanks to the FCC, is that I could have partly dodged the problem by going to a Wi-Fi hotspot to download data to my phone. Click here to read the FCC's whole tip sheet, "Wireless World Travel Made Simple." Here's some of its basic advice: