Upon returning from the Coventry airport, many travellers are often unsure whether their mobile phones can continue to be used once they have arrived in their destination city. This is because the majority of mobile networks in the UK now operate on the GSM frequency. This frequency is much like a Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) which means that it is generally easier to receive and send messages with than the CDMA frequencies used by some networks. However, this frequency is also prone to power cuts meaning that even with a working mobile phone it can become difficult to use them when travelling after covid lockdown has been applied.
One of the problems that many GSM-based mobile devices face when travelling after covid lockdown is that they become unable to receive or send SMS messages. The issue is that this is the case regardless of whether or not a handset is capable of GSM connectivity. As a result, GSM-only handsets will be unable to send messages to their network base or their contact’s base. As a result, travellers will not be able to continue to use their mobiles while travelling after the event has occurred. Depending on the service provider, this problem may only be an issue where your handset is on a locked network. In this case, you should still be able to send text messages to other handsets as roaming is possible after the lock down.
With that said, there are some ways in which you can continue to make use of your mobile phones even when travelling after the event has occurred. The first step is to use your home network. For example, use your Virgin mobile network if you have one. You can then use your Virgin Mobile to call other mobile phones that are on the same network. Alternatively, other networks like O2 can also be used.
One thing that should be noted about GSM-only mobile equipment is that it will be harder to roam outside of your home network once the lock down has occurred. This is because the GSM equipment will only allow communication between the two SIM cards located in the handset. Therefore, if you are travelling out of the UK and want to contact other mobile devices, you will have to use CDMA and TDMA equipment.
If you do decide to roam outside of the network, then you will need a sim card from your home network. It is important to ensure that you change the SIM card at the correct time during the event. You should also ensure that you change the PIN number for the device at the correct time during the event. If you don’t do this, then your handset could be registered on the locked network. Once your handset stops working, you will lose all your contacts and messages. Therefore, changing your SIM and PIN numbers is essential when travelling after covid.
If you are travelling abroad on business, then your mobile phone should have an overseas SIM card. Some phones will be able to automatically register on the overseas SIM card. If your handset does not have this feature, then you will have to manually enter the relevant information into the device.
When travelling abroad or using a PDA or mobile phone, you should never connect with any non-relevant accounts. Always remove any temporary accounts that you may have connected with. If you want to use a PDA or mobile phone while travelling, then you should check whether it supports roaming in the UK. There are some devices that support roaming. In case it does not work, you will not be able to make use of the device.
Before travelling, you should also make sure that your SIM card is ready and attached to the device. It is important to remember that if the SIM is not ready, then your handset will not be able to communicate with the base station. If your network is non-functional, then you should also try to use the credit card to make sure that it is ready. The card will have to be reloaded before you can use it. However, if you are travelling to the UK, the credit card can be replaced by a cash and visa debit card.