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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 member’s 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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    QF029

    Re: QF BKK flights

    Maybe they cancelled the flight the day before / after?

    QF029 Today, 11:35 AM Go to last post
    Bolthead

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    G'day, trying to figure out (find) the fare class my daughter has booked for her upcoming flight to HNL with HA. She booked directly online with the HA website. She is in economy. Her confirmation...

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    NM

    Re: 2014 ‘Triple Your Trip’ HHonors promotion; Aug 1 to Oct 31, 2014

    I have updated the thread title per your suggestion.

    NM Today, 11:26 AM Go to last post
    eminere

    Re: Qantas Take Off Sale - 2 x Qantas Points offer (+ 50% Bonus SC's for some)

    I would think that confirmation email should suffice in the event of a dispute. I've saved mine.

    eminere Today, 11:22 AM Go to last post
    serfty

    Re: New Look QF MMB

    I can't remember it doing so in recent time, certainly not since IATA 302 where I really started watching these things.

    serfty Today, 11:18 AM Go to last post
    JohnK

    Re: Qantas Take Off Sale - 2 x Qantas Points offer (+ 50% Bonus SC's for some)

    Do you have a confirmation email registering for promotion?

    JohnK Today, 11:18 AM Go to last post
    vetrade

    Re: Malaysian Airlines MH17 Crashes in Ukraine

    I'm finding the almost ghoulish fascination with the last moments of these people's lives quite unedifying.

    vetrade Today, 11:16 AM Go to last post
    Altair

    Re: Which airline has the best livery, and of course, the worst!

    Well 2014 TheDesignAir judgments are in....

    thedesignair.net
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    06. Fastjet
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    Altair Today, 11:15 AM Go to last post
    eminere

    Re: New Look QF MMB

    Wouldn't know as I didn't have status during the old MMB.

    eminere Today, 11:15 AM Go to last post
    Jack3193

    Re: Malaysian Airlines MH17 Crashes in Ukraine

    Apparently a flight attendant and two pax on that plane were initially found alive on the ground, and they believe one of them might have survived if found sooner. That's according to Wikipedia, so...

    Jack3193 Today, 11:12 AM Go to last post
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