For those of you who don’t know (i.e. pretty much everyone), I’ve just spent a week across the Atlantic, witnessing a, uhm, major sporting event type thing.
While there, I took advantage of Three’s Feel At Home proposition, which invites customers to use their domestic mobile allowance abroad (in selected countries), and it was pretty much the Best Thing Ever. Cheers, guys.
Oddly, while there, CTPAHHIK fired up a wee guide thingy, titled Three – Feel At Home – Roaming in US. We’re not the same person, as far as I’m aware, though there might be some sort of Fight Club-style twist in the works…
Anyway! While one might argue that it’s actually a good idea to forget about your mobile while on holiday, some other guy – me, for example – might assert that it’s friggin’ 2014; you should be able to use your domestic allowance without worrying about over-the-top roaming charges - or indeed any charges at all.
And I’m not just talking about inane stuff like checking twitter and Facebook (though they do feature on the list I’m slowly driving towards); having a fully functional mobile can actually serve to enhance your holiday.
Here are five reasons that I, personally, loved Three’s Feel At Home.
1. Minutes – no need for Wi-Fi
Over the past few years, I’ve come to rely on making free calls via Wi-Fi while abroad (Skype, FaceTime), though immediately you’re faced with the challenge of finding a free – and reliable – connection.
Not so with Three Feel At Home! I could call people back home from my hotel room, from the airport, from terrifying truck stops at midnight, from bars… the list is endless.
2. Directions while driving
Yeah, you could go old school and print driving directions (WON’T SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE ENVIRONMENT! Er, while driving a massively fuel inefficient SUV across the US), but using Google Maps (or similar) has its own advantages.
Say you take a wrong turn, the directions will update in real-time. Or maybe, like us, you fancy coming off at some random town in the middle of nowhere and finding the nearest Hooters. Note: we didn’t actually go to Hooters in the end, but I’m assured the wings are delicious.
3. Places to drink on the fly
When the booze takes control, there’s no predicting what will happen, and as such it’s useful to have your phone at hand to do some real-time (there’s that phrase again) research. Remember: we’re abroad in a giant city with no idea where anything is.
Maybe you get the sudden urge to find a delicious cocktail bar, or treat the good people of New Orleans to some terrible drunken karaoke. It’s all waiting to be discovered on your mobile telecommunications device.
4. Social networking stuff
It was bizarre watching the, er, sporting event without commentary, but interesting reading real-time twitter/Facebook comments from friends who were watching back home.
And of course it was fun simply boasting about being there, with added photos for good measure. Good times!
5. Scramble With Friends
Yes, I’m still addicted to Scramble With Friends, and it was the height of luxury being able to play it anywhere I happened to be. Especially when your travelling accomplice has a habit of disappearing to the restroom (or "toilet", if you prefer) for 15 minutes at a time.
You can read more about Three Feel At Home right here, baby.