How to avoid International Data Roaming Charges outside of Singapore?

Imagine having no internet while taking phone overseas for 30 days when travelling in India? None. Nil. Wouldn’t that just disrupt life for you? Obviously, it will unless you are a monk reading this.But you would say that we can have free data abroad from the internet on the phone because our service provider gives us mobile phone data that works abroad.Now, here’s the trouble!When you pay for these internet charges at your home country, you incur charges that are fixed. But when you step outside of your state and especially of your country, these charges become nebulous and start eating your pocket. This is probably where you ask the question ‘What is Data Roaming’?Data Roaming is the usage of your data service when you step outside of the boundaries of your telecom operator’s network coverage area. It is charged both domestically and internationally. International data roaming charges or global roaming charges are incurred because your network operator has a tie up with other network operators that give you services on their behalf and hence the roaming tariff. How Does Data Roaming Work?Once you are outside your telecom operator’s network coverage area; any action that involves the usage of your phone data (when not using any WiFi) will incur charges. These charges are incurred as your telecom operator ties up with international telecom operators to facilitate your activity outside your home network operators’ area and hence that costs more. They are technically referred to as interconnect charges. So, whether it is sending that mail you started to write last night or trying to look for navigation, you will be charged for everything. Your phones have settings to turn data roaming service off but only android phones give you reminder/ warning to do that when you step outside the network. Therefore; it is either that you can’t have overseas data or you just pay heavily to have it. Now, to give you a brief idea about the magnitude of these charges; Here’s a Sum up of Data Roaming Charges in Singapore and the Available International Data Roaming Plans