I’m a frequent traveler with a common problem. My usual wireless carrier has crappy coverage and ridiculously expensive travel plans. That’s why I was thrilled to travel with, and review a Verizon Samsung S7 Edge phone with Travel Pass. Verizon rocks the travel plans and allows you to use your phone much like you would at home, for about ten bucks a day. Rather than pay an outrageous new plan fee for the time you travel (or longer, as some plans require a monthly commitment) you decide when and where you want to use Travel Pass and pay only for the days you activate it.
There were so many reasons I was looking forward to reviewing the Samsung S7 Edge and TravelPass from Verizon.
- I was thinking about all the 360 Video and Facebook Livestreaming I wanted to do.
- I was psyched that I’d be able to stay in touch with my elderly parents and daughter who would be back at home.
- It was reassuring to know I would be able to stay on top of emails and do my work, even if my wifi wavered.
What I did not realize or consider was that the Verizon Phone with Travel Pass would be a lifesaver when my family got sick. First it was me. A sudden onset high fever with aches, pains and chills. I was sure it was flu.
Then no sooner did I start to feel better and my children fell ill.
If you are a parent who has traveled abroad with a sick child, you know that you might never be harder on yourself than the day your child falls ill in a foreign country. It’s so much worse than being sick yourself. Having a sick kid abroad will have you questioning why you ever left home to start with, what you might have done differently, and basically every other life choice that led up to that moment. Nothing makes you homesick faster than a kid with food poisoning.
This is no time to trust your family’s fate to spotty wifi.
Here’s the stuff I ended up doing with the Verizon phone with Travel Pass on our first week of our trip.
- Messaging friends for doctor recommendations in Jerusalem, Israel
- Logging into our insurance and checking our coverage
- Calling the doctor
- Googling for after hours pharmacies
- Checking for nearby markets that would have meds and food supplies
- Ordering food delivery
and possibly as important as the rest of that… messaging my mom and Facebook friends for support and sympathy.
My regular carrier could probably have worked in this situation but for hundreds of dollars more, and with the expense of seeing docs and getting meds abroad, that’s one more thing I didn’t need to sweat about. I’m about ready to switch to Verizon for the travel perks alone.
I also loved the Samsung S7 Edge. It’s the first phone that has held a candle to my beloved iPhone. In a few situations I even preferred the photos taken by the Samsung. The “flow” is intuitive and navigating through maps and apps while traveling with this phone was super easy. Accessing Google products was easier than on my iPhone, which make this phone super friendly for travelers who lean on Google for everything from translations to maps to info searches and email. Great. Now I’m torn between cell phone operating systems!
Verizon phones are FUN to travel with. But when push comes to shove, they are so much more than that too!