Always on ... 
Monday, August 24, 2009 at 7:53AM
Steve Upton
... but what about when it's not?

Over the last six months or so, as I've become more comfortable with the idea, I've started to move more of my stuff into the cloud. Online backups, Evernote, Flickr, gmail, google calendar, Google docs, Remember The Milk all now help me organise my life. With my new iPhone and an unlimited data plan things are great. I have a bit of an issue with the reception on my iPhone as it doesn't seem to be as good as my N95 was in rural areas, but I can live with that.

When travelling abroad however things change completely. At home I use about 250Mb per month. For roaming O2 have 3 options: £3 per Mb, £20 for 10Mb or £50 for 50 Mb. I decided to go for the £20 option as I'd be on hols and wouldn't need mail and stuff.

Day 1: Strange town so I use Parking finder, Local Picks and Google Maps to find lunch and in the process consume half of my 10Mb of data!

For the rest of the trip I was very wary of when I turned data on and off. Maybe there's an easy way to get another data sim abroad and use that but that requires some investigation.

My conclusion so far has to be that the data you absolutely need has to be copied locally onto your device. Other stuff that you can wait for a decent connection can live in the cloud.
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