Use Messenger on the go: 3 solutions for mobile chatting without high costs

Messenger for smartphones and tablets such as WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, ICQ and so on have long been part of our everyday lives. But what if you leave your home WiFi network or the data volume for the current month has been used up? Or what if you are abroad and / or in the wild with no reception? Here I would like to show you appropriate solutions for the mobile use of messenger apps - as well as two old-fashioned alternatives;)

Using Messenger on the go without a data plan, reception or WLAN - this is possible to a limited extent. This advisory article gives you tips for using chat apps while traveling.

Using Messenger on the go without a data plan, reception or WLAN - this is possible to a limited extent. This advisory article gives you tips for using chat apps while traveling.

goTenna: stay in touch with friends without reception or WiFi

You have planned an excursion into the countryside, in the snow, to a remote beach or to an island with your family or a group - and it can be assumed that communication there could be difficult? Then just set up your own cellular network! With the handy antennas from goTenna, which fit in every pocket, jacket, backpack and anywhere else, this is no problem at all. I have already written you a comprehensive article with the exact functionality, the manufacturer's promotional video and further information: Click here.

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The comparison between goTenna and goTenna Mesh. The new technology of the second generation is not that far-reaching, but it should be able to create entire networks. Screenshot of gotenna.com (Click to enlarge)

Inexpensive, mobile Internet: use Messenger like everyone else

Even if you only use Messenger when you are on the move and do not want to visit websites, listen to podcasts, stream videos or films or use other online content, there are suitable tariffs from numerous mobile network providers. The use of mobile chat apps does not have to be an all-network flat rate with tens of gigabytes of high-speed volume. There are some very cheap tariffs (also from the prepaid area) that bring a few hundred MB with you, so that you can use Messenger and send or receive one or the other picture from time to time. It is important to know your usage behavior and tariffs before booking to compare.

Vacation, business trip or digital nomadism: hotspots and wifi as saviors

Do you travel a lot - privately, professionally or always both? Then HotSpots or Hotspots or Hot Spots can help you. Whatever you want to call these havens for the internet needy, they come in a variety of forms and locations. If you travel a lot by plane, you might find a comprehensive map with the airports where there is free internet help - you can find it thanks to this link.

I have had good experiences with WiFi at Madrid airport. Using Messenger to let you know that you have arrived safely or that you are about to leave will definitely work.

I have had good experiences with WiFi at Madrid airport. Using Messenger to let you know that you have arrived safely or that you are about to leave will definitely work.

If you are more likely to be on the move in Germany, and above all by train, then a SIM card from Telekom can be of great help to you. Because Telekom offers numerous HotSpots for its customers - this link will help you when finding the individual internet points of the provider. In addition, Deutsche Bahn is always expanding the WLAN in its trains. Otherwise, I recommend cafés, libraries, various cultural or public institutions and snack bars. More and more locations are offering their visitors and customers WLAN (or internationally known: Wifi / Wi-Fi). Especially in larger cities, you will quickly find a place where the messenger can be used again - even without a data plan.

Old fashioned alternatives for contacting us

If you are traveling, then you can also enjoy a break from messenger apps, social networks and all that stuff. If there is no data volume available or if you have no reception, then that's the way it is. Enjoy the time with loved ones or put your feet up on your own. Sure, it's not that easy on a business trip; but on vacation you don't have to chat all the time. In case of doubt, the tried and tested SMS or a phone call will help you. If there is really something important to talk about, a telephone in a hotel, in a restaurant or, quite old-fashioned, the telephone booth will help you.

What do you think about the topic? Do you have any other tactics for using mobile messengers? Feel free to leave a comment :)

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