If you have a trip outside the United States coming up, one thing you’ll probably want to bring is your cellphone. You might have heard warnings about how phones can accrue international charges quickly through your US wireless carrier. It doesn’t have to be that way.
In the past, I’ve simply turned off my phone’s cellular connections while abroad. But nearly three weeks in Thailand and Cambodia earlier this year proved too long to stay away from e-mail, Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare, and other time sinks.
If you’re traveling internationally, check with your carrier about whether your phone will even work with cellular networks abroad. If it won’t, you can still use the apps through Wi-Fi connections at hotels and malls. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.