Roaming Charges: How To Avoid A $10,000 Phone Bill

04/19/2012 03:26 pm ET | Updated Apr 25, 2012

Earlier this year, a Canadian family was greeted with a mobile bill for over $10,000 after a vacation in Arizona. The culprit of their post-trip nightmare: roaming charges that were racked up from streaming Netflix movies abroad.

It's not only video streaming that will cost you. Smartphones and tablets are set up to automatically pull in email and other updates that require data usage, which becomes very expensive when you're outside of your wireless networks.

Many of us have fallen victim to paying the exorbitant fees that cellular providers charge for stepping outside our wireless zones. Check out these tips on how to avoid incurring hefty roaming charges while travelling:

10 Ways To Avoid Roaming Charges

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