Three reasons why you need roaming when travelling for a convention

September 28, 2018 Jaclyn Law
@jaclyn-law
Technology - Aug. 14, 2018

Three reasons why you need roaming when travelling for a convention

Have the freedom to work the way you do at home while outside Canada

The internet is bursting with opportunities for professional development and networking, from videos and webinars to forums and virtual conferences. Even so, attending events in person is sometimes the best way to meet business leaders, get the scoop on industry trends and build relationships. While you’re travelling to other countries, a roaming plan can help you stay connected and keep your company running smoothly – here’s how.

"Quit searching for that elusive Wi-Fi hot spot – you won’t need it when you’ve got a roaming plan that works just like the wireless plan you have at home"

Access your business tools when you need them

Maybe the convention venue will have great Wi-Fi…or maybe it won’t, especially with hundreds or even thousands of other attendees trying to get online at the same time. Why take the chance? With a wireless plan that lets you use data, talk and text while you’re out of the country for a daily flat rate, you will ensure quick, reliable access to all of your online business tools – from collaborative apps and cloud storage to video chats and conference calls – and also make it much easier for your colleagues to reach you. It’ll also help you reduce business travel expenses.

Conduct business whenever and wherever you like

Quit searching for that elusive Wi-Fi hot spot – you won’t need it when you’ve got a roaming plan that works just like the wireless plan you have at home. You’ll have the option to connect anytime and anywhere, whether you’re at an airport lounge, a dinner reception, a seminar room or a trade show. Use your roaming plan to catch up on messages, keep work projects moving along and generally make the most of your time between conference events.

"It’s best to use a roaming plan from your wireless provider, so you can securely send and receive calls, texts, email and documents, worry-free"

Work without compromising security

Do you want to share your company secrets with hackers? Of course you don’t – yet that’s the risk you take every time you conduct business over a free public Wi-Fi network. It’s tempting to use the complimentary hot spot at a café, airport or hotel, but free Wi-Fi isn’t secure, not even when a password is required. Hackers also try to dupe people into using a “rogue” or “evil twin” hot spot. These have legitimate-sounding or look-alike names – say, the name of your hotel or conference venue. If you join these networks, hackers can intercept and even modify your communications, steal your log-in credentials and infect your device with malware. It’s best to use a roaming plan from your wireless provider, so you can securely send and receive calls, texts, email and documents, worry-free. Looking for more business-travel advice? Read these travel tips from Canadian entrepreneurs.

 

About the Author

Freelance writer Jaclyn Law's clients include businesses, non-profit organizations, websites and media. She frequently writes about entrepreneurship, and her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, CPA Magazine and Rogers Connected for Business.

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