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  • Using your iPhone overseas and avoiding massive data charges

    Many of our members travel overseas and many (probably even more!) of our members have an iPhone. So the obvious question is how to safely use your iPhone while overseas and avoid excessive data charges.

    And yes, there are some horror stories. Quoting just a few members:
    After a $900 phone bill from optus I learnt my lesson
    I recently returned from a trip to New York to a $1600 data a bill
    by the time we got home the bill had amounted to $6,200
    I am also one of the unlucky people who came home to a hefty bill for $6,200
    One solution is to leave your iPhone at home. But then you would miss out as the iPhone (over free WiFi) can be a great help in your travels.

    Unbelievably, there is no master "data off" switch, so if you decide to take your phone and you wish to avoid excessive data charges, you need to be proactive. Our memberís discus various strategies including:
    • Replace your regular SIM with a local SIM
    • Turn off 3G
    • Turn off Data Roaming
    • Avoid using Calendar and "push" mail
    • Get your carrier to block all data at their end
    • Turn your iPhone into an iPod by setting it to Airplane Mode and then turning WiFi back on
    Each of these strategies have their own advantages (and disadvantages), so its best to read the full discussion HERE.
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    Re: Which is better QF Cash or VA Global Wallet?

    In that case neither card would be recommended, get a Citi Plus account and save mega $$$, being able to pull $10/20 out of a Singapore ATM with no fees not only is an obvious saving, your reducing...

    markis10 Today, 12:01 PM Go to last post

    Re: Which is better QF Cash or VA Global Wallet?

    For me, I use both airlines so which points I want is neither here nor there, either would be fine. I'm mainly thinking about one or the other (perhaps both) for my upcoming January holiday to...

    swanning_it Today, 12:00 PM Go to last post

    Re: Which is better QF Cash or VA Global Wallet?

    Hungry Jacks at Fortitude Valley using paypass, online at Virgin Australia as a direct charge (went through when I went via paypal) and a couple of other outlets, shows as declined insufficient funds.

    markis10 Today, 11:59 AM Go to last post

    Unable to select seats on a Domestic Flight in J - Gold member

    Another query for the booking that is proving problematic. On one of our domestic sectors on an International Flight, we are not able to select seats - Saturday 27th December QF 736. We can on the...

    Pushka Today, 11:59 AM Go to last post

    Re: MEL First lounge joins PER RSA push

    Oh, oh. I am used to carrying paperwork for lounge entry entitlements, keeping screenshots of offer registrations etc, taking pictures as I pack my checked luggage, and other 'proof I did it' type...

    RooFlyer Today, 11:58 AM Go to last post

    Re: Which is better QF Cash or VA Global Wallet?

    Where have you had problems?

    I haven't encountered any, even as far as LRE... touch wood!

    samh004 Today, 11:56 AM Go to last post

    Re: Aquire 10K bonus for using a new partner and double flight points

    Thats for the purposes of being an active member, the 10K bonus is for points earned which only excludes family transfers, not specifically Aquire earn in the promotions T&Cs

    Aquire transfers...

    markis10 Today, 11:55 AM Go to last post

    Re: Missing topic

    How about "the figment"

    raleyoz Today, 11:53 AM Go to last post

    Re: Aquire 10K bonus for using a new partner and double flight points

    Familiy member or not, a transfer from Aquire does not count as activity:

    woodborer Today, 11:51 AM Go to last post

    Re: MEL First lounge joins PER RSA push

    Indeed, the definition was what I was curious about. Remarkably broad, perhaps deliberately so in order to reduce possible loopholes.

    markis10 Today, 11:47 AM Go to last post
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