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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.
  • Current Discussion

    Kolo

    Re: VA v Etihad

    I looked it up. On EY metal, 100% points bonus for a VA flight number, 50% bonus for EY flight number.
    https://www.velocityfrequentflyer.com/content/Earn/Airlines/PointsEarn/

    Kolo Today, 05:58 AM Go to last post
    Kolo

    Re: VA v Etihad

    Doesn't it have to be a VA booking on VA metal to get the bonus points and eligible sectors?

    Kolo Today, 05:23 AM Go to last post
    marki

    Re: QF "Seat Shifting"

    My seat shifting event happened in Business QF 1 to London when approaching my seat. It was occupied by. It turned out by an invalid. On medications. Long story short should have listen to previous...

    marki Today, 04:00 AM Go to last post
    NM

    Re: Bunnings Gift Cards from Coles not activating correctly

    The card is not "rejected" as such, but when scanned tries to add it to the sale, increasing the cost by $100. It appears to Bunnings as though the card has not been sold and their system tries to...

    NM Today, 03:30 AM Go to last post
    grubbidok

    Re: Silver and above benefit on Delta - free Delta Comfort Plus seats

    Yes, it does say "request upgrade", but the seat remains the same - even when (as in the case if the ATL-YYZ flight in a few hours) almost the entire section is free. So I assume they'll sort it out...

    grubbidok Today, 03:03 AM Go to last post
    JohnM

    Re: Portable GPS...worldwide use.

    I need glasses only for reading, not for driving, so I don't wear them then. That's why it's problematic for the stuff on the phone screen but it's not an issue on the larger Tom Tom screen.

    JohnM Today, 03:02 AM Go to last post
    Mrmaxwell

    Re: Perth alternates

    Jan 14, 2017.

    Mrmaxwell Today, 01:22 AM Go to last post
    samh004

    Re: James Hogan to step down this year

    Cue speculation of what this will mean for the Virgin Australia relationship.

    samh004 Today, 01:18 AM Go to last post
    Mrmaxwell

    Re: House Break-in following theft of bags from carouse at MEL

    It's a new world...

    1. Never include private info on your luggage tags - email or mobile is more than enough
    2. Never leave boarding passes behind or throw them in an airport bin
    3. Never upload...

    Mrmaxwell Today, 01:16 AM Go to last post
    samh004

    Re: Qantas most expensive excess baggage fees in the world?

    I know you get points/SC but never tried to use the luggage. A comfort seat though just removes the second set of taxes, so it may not be as economical on most international routes.

    samh004 Today, 01:08 AM Go to last post
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