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5 months ago

How to use LG Bridge with your LG phone

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How to use LG Bridge with your LG phone

How do I use LG Bridge with my LG phone?

LG Bridge is software available for Windows PC or Mac OS that lets you backup, restore, and update your LG phone, and transfer files wirelessly between computer and LG phone. It's easy to set up and easy to use. Here's all you need to know about using LG Bridge with your LG phone.

How to download and install LG Bridge on your computer

The following steps will get you and your computer prepared for everything LG Bridge has to offer, including backups, restorations, file transfers, and software updates.

  1. Navigate to the LG Bridge help page from your computer's web browser.
  2. Click the download link beside either Windows PC or Mac OS depending on what you use. In this case we chose Windows PC. The file will download.
  3. Click LGBridge_Setup.exe in your web browser's download bar.

    Click the download link beside either Windows PC or Mac OS. Click LGBridge_Setup.exe.

  4. Click Next.
  5. Click the checkbox beside I agree to all of the terms below.

    Click Next. Click the checkbox beside I agree to the terms below.

  6. Click Next.
  7. Click Install.

    Click Next. Click Install.

  8. Click Next when the install is complete.
  9. Click Finish.

    Click Next. Click Finish.

  10. Launch LG Bridge from your desktop or Start menu.
  11. Click LG AirDrive in the top menu.
  12. Click Sign in with Google or Sign in with a different account if you don't have a Google account. In this case we chose to sign in with Google.

    Click LG AirDrive. Click Sign in with Google or Sign in with a different account.

  13. Type your email address.
  14. Click Next.

    Type your email address. Click Next.

  15. Type your password.
  16. Click Sign in.

    Type your password. Click Sign in.

  17. Click Allow.
  18. Set your birth date.

    Click Allow. Set your birth date.

  19. Click Save.
  20. Click the circle beside Terms of Use so that a checkmark appears.

    Click Save. Click the circle beside Terms of Use.

  21. Click Agree.
  22. Click OK.

    Click Agree. Click OK.

How to back up your LG phone using LG Bridge

  1. Connect your LG phone to your computer with a USB cable.
  2. On your phone, swipe down from the top of the home screen.
  3. Tap the USB notification.

    Swipe down from the top of the home screen. Tap the USB notification.

  4. Tap File transfer.
  5. Tap Just once.

    Tap File transfer. Tap Just once.

  6. On your computer launch LG Bridge from your desktop or Start menu. Your phone will connect to your computer through LG Bridge.
  7. Click LG Backup in the top menu of the LG Bridge window.

    Launch LG Bridge. Click LG Backup in the top menu of the LG Bridge window.

  8. Click Back up.
  9. Click the checkboxes beside anything you want to back up.

    Click Back up. Click the checkboxes beside anything you want to back up.

  10. Click Start when you are ready to back up your phone.
  11. Click OK. Your phone will begin the back up process.

    Click Start when you're ready to back up your phone. Click OK.

How to restore your LG phone using LG Bridge

  1. Connect your LG phone to your computer with a USB cable.
  2. On your phone, swipe down from the top of the home screen.
  3. Tap the USB notification.

    Swipe down from the top of the home screen. Tap the USB notification.

  4. Tap File transfer.
  5. Tap Just once.

    Tap File transfer. Tap Just once.

  6. On your computer launch LG Bridge from your desktop or Start menu. Your phone will connect automatically to your computer through LG Bridge.
  7. Click LG Backup in the top menu of the LG Bridge window.
  8. Click Restore.

    Click LG Backup in the top menu of the LG Bridge window. Click Restore.

  9. Click the backup that you'd like use to restore your phone.
  10. Click Next. Your files will be prepared for a restoration.

    Click a backup with which you'd like to restore your phone. Click Next.

  11. Click Start.
  12. Click OK. Your files will be restored.

    Click Start. Click OK.

How to update your LG phone's software using LG Bridge

  1. Connect your LG phone to your computer with a USB cable.
  2. On your phone, swipe down from the top of the home screen.
  3. Tap the USB notification.

    Swipe down from the top of the home screen. Tap the USB notification.

  4. Tap File transfer.
  5. Tap Just once. Your phone will connect to your computer through LG Bridge.

    Tap File transfer. Tap Just once.

  6. On your computer launch LG Bridge from your desktop or Start menu. Your phone will connect automatically to your computer through LG Bridge.
  7. Click Software update in the top menu of the LG Bridge window.
  8. Click Software update. LG Bridge will automatically check the software version of your phone.

    Click Software update in the top menu of the LG Bridge window. Click Software update.

Our phone is up to date so we unfortunately can't show you any further steps. If your phone is out of date, just follow the on-screen steps to update your software.

How to wirelessly transfer files between your LG Phone and computer using LG Bridge

Make sure LG Bridge is running on your computer before beginning these steps. Also note that LG AirDrive, the feature that lets you transfer files wirelessly, isn't available on all LG phones and cannot be downloaded.

  1. On your LG phone tap the Settings icon on your home screen or in the app drawer.
  2. Tap the Networks tab.
  3. Tap Share & connect.

    Tap the Networks tab. Tap Share and connect.

  4. Swipe up in the Share & connect menu.
  5. Tap LG AirDrive.
  6. Tap Sign in.

    Swipe up in the Share and connect menu. Tap LG AirDrive. Tap Sign in.

  7. Tap Sign in with Google or Sign in with another account depending on what you signed in with in LG Bridge on your computer. In this case we sign in with Google.
  8. Tap Allow.
  9. Tap your account or Add account if your account is not listed. In this case we chose Add account.

    Tap Sign in with Google or Sign in with another account. Tap Allow. Tap your account or Add account.

  10. Enter your email address.
  11. Tap Next.
  12. Type your password.

    Enter your email address. Tap Next. Type your password.

  13. Tap Next.
  14. Tap Accept.

    Tap Next. Tap Accept.

  15. On your computer click LG AirDrive in the top menu of the LG Bridge window.
  16. Click Connect. Your computer will search for your phone and will connect automatically.

    Click LG AirDrive in the top menu of the LG Bridge window.Click Connect.

  17. Click View files. A new window will open.
  18. Double-click Internal storage.

    Click View files. Double-click Internal storage.

You can now drag and drop files between your computer and your phone.

Your connections

What do you use to back up, restore, and update your LG phone? Will you use LG Bridge now that it's been explained here? Let us know in the comments section below!

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5 months ago

How to back up your music files to your computer or online storage

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How to back up your music files to your computer or online storage

How do I transfer music from my Android phone to my computer?

If you have all your beloved music on your Android phone, then it's probably a good idea to back it up, especially if you plan on buying a new phone. You can choose to back up your music to a computer or you can back it up to the cloud so that you can access it from virtually any device (pun intended).

We have a few apps that we like to use to make backing up music easier. Here's how to back up your music (just in case).

How to back up your music files to online storage

Backing up your music to the cloud is the first logical step if you want to make sure that if your phone craps out, your music doesn't go down the toilet with it. There are two awesome apps you can use that your music files can follow you wherever you go.

Google Drive

Google Drive

Google Drive is where it's at when it comes to file storage. You get 15GB of free storage space! Depending on file sizes, 15GB is nearly 4,000 songs. Just like Dropbox, Google Drive is ubiquitous; if you have a device with an internet connection, you can access your Google Drive, thanks to the cloud. If you have a Gmail account, then you have Google Drive.

You can listen to the music you upload right in Google Drive or you can download it for offline listening and you bet your sweet patoot that you can share anything and everything via a link to that file or folder, even with non-Google users (the heathens!).

If your Android phone didn't come with Google Drive, it's a free download on the Google Play Store.

To set it up, you just sign in with your Gmail address and password. From there, you just tap the big ol' + button to upload files or folders. To upload music, just choose Audio from the list of options. You can upload as many songs as you'd like (or your 15GB limit will allow). If your Google Drive starts to fill up, just download files to your computer and transfer them to an external hard drive, if that's your fancy.

To access Google Drive on your computer, just hit up drive.google.com and sign in. You'll walked through a simple setup process and then you'll be ready to go. Google Drive is seamless, so you can enjoy your favorite music on just about any device.

Dropbox

Dropbox

A basic Dropbox account is free and comes with 2GB of storage. All you need to sign up is an email address and a pocket full of dreams (pocket full of dreams is optional). Visit Dropbox.com, enter your name, email and a password and you're on your way.

2GB isn't exactly a ton of storage, so you may want to download music to your computer as you transfer more into your Dropbox folder.

Here's how to intstall Dropbox on your computer:

  1. Launch your web browser on your computer.
  2. Navigate to Dropbox.com.
  3. Click create an account.
  4. Enter your first name, last name, and email address into the fields. You can also choose to Sign up with Google.
  5. Click the checkbox to agree to the terms and conditions.

    Click create an account, enter your information, click to agree to the terms and conditions

  6. Click Create an account.
  7. Click the Free Download button to install Dropbox on your computer.

    Click Create an account, click Free Download

Next, you'll want to install and set up Dropbox on your Android phone if it isn't already. Here's how:

  1. Download the Dropbox app from the Google Play Store.
  2. Launch Dropbox from your home screen or the app drawer.
  3. Tap Sign in.
  4. Enter your email address and password.
  5. Tap Sign in.

    Tap Sign in, enter your email address and password, tap Sign in

You can tap Not Now through the "Set up Dropbox on your computer" stuff, since you've already done that.

Now when you want to upload files, create folders, take photos to upload, and a lot more, you just press the big + button. To add your music to your Dropbox folder, just select Audio from the list of options that pops up.

Once your music is in the cloud, you'll be able to access it from any device that has Dropbox on it and, even better, you'll be able to share it all with friends, even those without Dropbox! They'll simply receive a link and will have full access to the music you've shared.

Dropbox isn't just for music; you can upload video, photos, text files, and just about everything in between. It certainly beats the hell out of having to connect a USB cable from your computer to your phone and you can easily make files available offline by downloading them from your Dropbox folder.

Android File Transfer

Android File Transfer

If you're a Mac user and a cloud hater, you have a somewhat easier solution when it comes to getting music from your Android phone onto your computer: Android File Transfer. It's not the greatest app in the world, but it gets the job done.

There isn't much to the setup process; you just download it, install it, and that's it. When you connect your Android phone to your Mac via USB, Android File Transfer will open automatically. You may have to tap Allow on your phone before you're able to access its contents on your Mac.

Once you do have access, you'll be able to access all of the files that are stored on your Android phone, as well as any that are stored on your microSD card, if you use one. From there, you can just drag and drop music at will into folders on your computer . The best part is that you can drag out entire folders, instead of having to tap, hold, and select all, like you do on your phone.

One caveat: do not try to move too much music at once. One of the reasons Android File Transfer isn't so great is that it seems to just crap out if you overload it. When transferring music, do so in smaller batches under 1GB. Otherwise, you might get halfway through transferring a batch and it'll just stop and you'll have to dig around and figure out exactly where it stopped and where to start again.

It may be a bit of a pain in the hiney, but if you want music from your Android phone on your Mac and you refuse to use a cloud-based service, then it's the only way.

Windows users have it even easier

If you're using a computer running Microsoft Windows (version 7 or later) all you need to do is plug in your phone to a USB port using the supplied cable. A regular Windows Explorer window will open with your phone's contents right there for the taking.

The bottom line

Using a cloud-based service to transfer music from your Android phone to your computer is definitely the best practice since you can access your music from just about any device with an internet connection and you can download your tunes for offline listening.

The sharing feature is also a great reason to use Google Drive or Dropbox since most songs are too large to email normally and the folks you share with can choose to download the music you send or play it right there in the Google Drive or Dropbox link.

If you're tinfoil and fear the cloud and have a Mac, then use Android File Transfer. But only if you have to.

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5 months ago

How to hide your porn browsing habits on your Chromebook

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Cover your tracks like a Ninja with these tips for keeping your browsing habits private on your Chromebook.

The internet is filled with naked sweaty people doing naked sweaty things. It's also used by folks who like to look at them — but don't really want anyone else to know about it. While there's not much you can do to make sure nobody can see where you've been and what you clicked on, you can erase your tracks in case someone grabs your Chromebook and looks through the history.

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5 months ago

How to use Samsung Smart Switch to back up your Galaxy phone

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How to use Samsung Smart Switch to backup your Galaxy phone

How do I back up my data on my Samsung Galaxy device?

Looking for a reliable way to back up the data on your Samsung Galaxy phone? Look no further than Samsung's Smart Switch application.

Simply download the application onto your computer, connect your phone, and before too long you'll have everything backed up in case you need to transfer your data to a new phone, or restore your phone to an older state.

How to install Samsung Smart Switch on your computer

We'll show you the process for installation on Windows, but it's a pretty standard installation process on Mac as well.

  1. Navigate to the Samsung Smart Switch support website.
  2. Click on the download link for Windows or Mac — whichever system you're using. For this how-to, we're using Windows
  3. Click to launch the downloaded .exe file (.dmg on Mac).

    Go to the Samsung Smart Switch website

  4. Click the two check boxes to verify that you accept the terms of the licence agreement.

  5. Click Next.

    Click the two check boxes to verify that you accept the terms of the licence agreement, then click next.

  6. Click Finish once the installation process is complete. Smart Switch will then launch by default.

    The installation process will run. Click Finish once it has completed. Smart Switch will then launch by default.

Now that we've installed Samsung Smart Switch, let's set it up to connect to your Samsung Galaxy phone.

How to setup Samsung Smart Switch for the first time

Once you've installed the Smart Switch application, you'll need to get it synced up with your phone.

  1. Launch the Samsung Smart Switch application after installation or from the desktop icon on your computer.
  2. Connect your phone to your computer via USB cable to get started. The program should instantly recognize when it's connected. You may be prompted to allow USB file transfers on your phone.

    Launch the Smart Switch application after installation. Next, connect your device to get started. The program should instantly recognize once it's connected, and you may be prompted to allow USB transfers on your phone.

  3. Switching over to your phone, unlock and swipe down from the top to pull down the notification shade.

  4. Tap the notification for other USB options.
  5. Tap the Transferring media files option.

    On your phone, swipe down from the top to pull down the notification shade. Tap the notification for other USB options, then tap the option to use USB for transferring media files.

Switching back over to the computer, your phone should now be connected in the Smart Switch application.

How to back up your phone data with Samsung Smart Switch

Once you've launched the Smart Switch application and have your phone connected, backing up your data is as easy as pie.

  1. Launch the Smart Switch app on your computer.
  2. Click Backup.
  3. You'll be required to allow access permissions on your phone.

    Click Backup. You then may be prompted to allow access permissions on your phone.

  4. Pick up your phone.
  5. Tap Allow.

    On your phone, tap Allow. Then switch back to your computer and your data will begin backing up to your PC.

  6. Once the backup is complete, you get a breakdown of all the data that was successfully backed up. Click OK to finish.

    Once the backup is complete, you'll get a breakdown of the backed up data. Click OK to finish.

How to restore your phone from a previous backup using Samsung Smart Switch

If it's time to upgrade to a new Samsung phone or something has gone wrong, requiring you to restore your data, it's super easy if you've got an existing Smart Switch backup.

  1. Launch Samsung Smart Switch on your computer and connect your phone via USB.
  2. Click Restore.

    Launch Samsung Smart Switch on your computer and connect your phone via USB. Click Restore.

  3. Click Select a different backup if you want to restore from an eariler backup, otherwise click Restore now.
  4. You will be prompted to allow access permissions on your phone.

    Smart Switch will load up the most recent backup by default. Click Select a different backup if you want to restore from an earlier backup, otherwise click Restore Now. You will then be prompted to allow access permissions on your phone.

  5. Switching focus to your phone, tap Allow to continue the restore process
  6. Once the restore process is complete, you'll get a breakdown of the data that's been restored. Click OK to finish the restore.

    Switch over to your phone and tap Allow to continue the restore process. Once the restore process is completed, you'll get a breakdown of the data that's been restored on the Smart Switch application. Click OK to finish the restore.

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5 months ago

Using your Chromebook with an external monitor, mouse and keyboard

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Chromebook with large monitor

Let's turn that Chromebook into a bigger work (or fun) station.

One of the most wonderful things about Chromebooks is how simple they are — you don't have to buy additional accessories to make them work, they just do most of what people want out of the box. But perhaps you have additional needs ... like using a larger external screen, necessitating having an external keyboard and mouse in the process.

Sound like something you need to do? Well it's not tough to figure out, actually — we're going to lay out a handful of tips for getting your Chromebook up and running with an external monitor, keyboard and mouse.

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5 months ago

How to keep your phone looking good inside a case

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I know it's not always a popular position, but I love me a good case.

A quality phone case adds grip, style, and color; it protects my handset even as it shows off the craftsmanship of the device. And a good case doesn't necessarily mean shelling out for an Otterbox or a Trident. A good case is a case that offers the right mix of protection, comfort, grip, and style for the user's situation. Regardless which case you own, be it a Spigen Neo Hybrid case, a Cruzerlite Bugdroid TPU case, or something in between, I've got news for you:

Most of you are using your case wrong.

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5 months ago

Two-factor authentication: What you need to know

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You should use two-factor authentication on every account that offers it. Here's an explainer of what it is, and why you want it.

You see a lot of talk on the internet about two-factor authentication (or 2FA as it's commonly called) but most times its just people like us telling you to use it. And we'll continue that trend and start this bit of prose by telling you to use 2FA whenever and wherever you can. But we're also going to let you know what it is, and why it's important that you use it. Read on.

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5 months ago

How to factory reset the Galaxy Note 5

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How to factory reset the Galaxy Note 5

How do I factory reset my Galaxy Note 5? This is how.

Factory resetting your Galaxy Note 5 can solve several problems. Maybe it was bogged down by a ton of apps and you'd like a fresh start. Maybe you installed an update and something went wrong — you shut your phone off and now it won't boot. Selling your phone? A factory reset is basically mandatory! Whatever your reason for factory resetting your Note 5, here are the steps to complete the process using both the settings menu and using physical buttons when your phone is turned off.

WARNING: This will completely erase your data off the phone. If you haven't backed up your contacts and pictures and documents and anything else (preferably in the cloud, but absolutely somewhere else), you will be sorry you didn't do so. Consider yourself warned.

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5 months ago

Best roaming plans for Canadians travelling to the U.S.

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Here are the best ways to save money when taking your phone to the U.S.!

Millions of Canadians visit the U.S. every year and, with nearly every pocket protecting a smartphone and its data plan, they increasingly want to maintain the same quality of service they have at home. Thankfully, roaming options have not only proliferated over the past few years but, due to competition at home and abroad, plans have become significantly cheaper.

Here are the best ones.

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5 months ago

Best roaming plans for Canadians travelling to Europe

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Planning a trip to Europe? Here are your best options for roaming while taking in the sights, the sounds — or the Seine!

Whether you want to get in some skiing, go backpacking, or hit the winding — and sometimes high-velocity — roads, Europe is an amazing travel destination for Canadians. Roaming in countries like France, Germany, Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom can be expensive if you don't know which options to choose. Be smart with these great roaming services.

KnowRoaming

KnowRoaming has created a sticker that, using a special tool included in the box, adheres to the underside of a regular SIM card. Once the now-double SIM gets put back of your iPhone or Android Phone, the magic begins. With its free iOS or Android apps, KnowRoaming acts both as a director of information, determining which SIM card needs to be used depending on the phone's location, and as a full-service MVNO in nearly every country in Europe.

For $7.99 USD per day, KnowRoaming offers unlimited roaming data in a number of European countries, including France, Germany, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, Portugal, Netherlands and more.

Better, it can also automatically forward a Canadian number to its European equivalent, giving KnowRoaming customers the option of making and receiving calls as they would back home.

What to know: KnowRoaming is smart: it assigns a local number whenever it enters a new country, and its excellent iOS or Android apps track call, text and data usage. 3G-only (for now).

Unlocked iPhone or Android Phone needed

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Roamer

Technically, Roamer is an Android app that intelligently forwards your home number to a European equivalent so you can make and receive calls as you would back in Canada. But a little-known side of the business is the Roamer SIM — a single card that connects to the best local carriers in 118 countries, including many in Europe.

While prices are slightly higher than they are on KnowRoaming, it is still significantly cheaper than many roaming plans purchased from a Canadian carrier. To wit, traveling to France offers the following:

  • 1 day / €5 / 50MB
  • 7 days / €15 / 300MB
  • 7 days / €25 / 1GB
  • 14 days / €50 / 1GB

The beauty of Roamer SIM is that the company delivers to Canadian (or U.S.) addresses, which means it can be configured prior to leaving. Simply put the SIM in your Android phone and enable it once on the ground in Europe.

What to know: Roamer assigns a local number for every country visited, and usage can be tracked with the free Android app. Phone calls and texts are extra, but still cheap. First 25MB of data is free.

Unlocked iPhone or Android Phone needed

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Buy a local SIM

This option may seem obvious, but it's also the most onerous. Many Western European countries such as Spain, Germany, Italy, and France have a number of core carriers, such as Vodafone, T-Mobile and Orange, along with dozens of MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) that resell access to those core networks.

Most of the core carriers and MVNOs offer prepaid access, and are some of the least expensive ways to get a local number and cheap data in a foreign country.

There are a few things to keep in mind before purchasing a local SIM card in a European country:

  • European networks use different wireless bands than Canadian and U.S. carriers. Most carriers in Western Europe use a combination of 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 Mhz, so make sure that you check your unlocked Android phone for compatibility.
  • Many prepaid SIM cards require activation through SMS or a web-based portal, and by default use the local language. Make sure when purchasing, you get the store clerk to activate the SIM, or ask how to change the default language to one of your choice.
  • Make sure that, should you need more data, you have a way to do so without requiring a European credit card. This is especially important if you plan on moving from a big city to more rural areas where topping up at a store is not possible.
  • If you're going to be moving between countries, ask when purchasing whether the carrier has European roaming options. Some carriers have deals with other networks that make it cheap, or free, to roam on partner networks in neighbouring or nearby countries.

What to know: Discover the best networks in the country you're visiting with this helpful European roaming Wiki.

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Use your own SIM card

In recent years, Canadian carriers have become more serious about European roaming. Spurred by Rogers' Roam Like Home, today all three major Canadian carriers offer cheap or discounted European roaming packages.

Rogers Roam Like Home

The OG roaming package, Rogers Roam Like Home charges customers $10 per day, up to a maximum of 10 days or $100 per billing cycle, to access their Share Everything plan in most European countries.

Say, for example, you have a Share Everything plan (all of which include unlimited calls and texts) with 2.5GB of monthly data. In any Roam Like Home-supported country, your smartphone will tap into that data allotment while roaming. There are no separate data buckets or fees. After 10 days of travel, that $10 daily fee is waived.

What to know: Overage fees still apply after 10 days of travel, so be careful about using too much data while abroad, and download the MyRogers app to stay on top of data usage. Enroll by texting travel to 222.

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Bell

Bell recently expanded its Roam Better service to include dozens of countries around the world, including many in Europe.

Similar to its U.S.-based roaming option, Roam Better allows travellers to spend a set amount per day — in this case, $10 — for unlimited calls and texts in that country, plus 100MB of data. Unlike Roam Like Home, Roam Better doesn't eat into a customer's existing domestic data bucket. On the other hand, it can get pricey, since 100MB is easy to chew through while loading maps and learning about the city.

What to know: After 100MB is used, Bell automatically sends a text message asking whether you want to opt-in to another 100MB of data for $10. Data expires at 11:59pm Eastern Time regardless of where you're roaming, so be careful; most European countries are between five and eight hours ahead of EST, which means the count will reset in the early hours of the morning. Enroll by texting ROAM to 7626.

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Telus bundles

Telus hasn't extended its Easy Roam product to Europe just yet, so travellers to the continent are best to look elsewhere. Bundles include:

  • Europe Combo Pass $50: 50 minutes, 150 texts, 150MB
  • Europe Combo Pass $85: 75 minutes, 300 texts, 750MB
  • Europe Combo Pass $150: 200 minutes, unlimited texts, 1.5GB

All passes are valid for 30 days.

What to know: Because Telus doesn't offer a European equivalent of US Easy Roam, it's very important to either get a bundle before leaving, or turn off roaming completely. Pay-per-use rates for Europe are exorbitant, at $1.50 per call minute, $0.60 per text, and $5.00 per MB data.

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Your turn!

Is your carrier not listed? Check with them to see if they have inexpensive daily, weekly, or monthly European travel bundles. Have roaming experiences or tips to share? Leave them in in the comments!

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