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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: Limited seat selection QFi @ T-80?

    I'd be at the ready at T-24, since that will be when the upgrades go through thus potentially freeing up plum seats which had already been picked by status members.

    harvyk Today, 04:40 PM Go to last post

    Re: "oneworld" award (140K/280K/420K) Planning - The Definitive Thread

    Check if these JL seats show as available on BA, if yes - they will be available to Qantas

    sergeyvzn Today, 04:25 PM Go to last post

    Re: Epiqure latest offering

    Well usually ;)

    TomVexille Today, 04:12 PM Go to last post
    Velocity Frequent Flyer

    Re: Velocity Gold - PER - AUH - CDG lounge access?

    Hi Tranga,

    I must apologise that our website isn't quite up to date... you can use the Qantas Lounge in PER International.. You are entitled entry to EY third party lounges and this is the one...

    Velocity Frequent Flyer Today, 04:07 PM Go to last post

    Re: Qantas Club. Cairns

    Note that the lagoon pool is open from 6.00am to 9.00pm Thursday to Tuesday. On Wednesdays it opens at noon.

    turtlemichael Today, 04:07 PM Go to last post

    Re: AirNZ Sydney Lounge access - any advice appreciated

    I would second that without hesitation. The Koru lounge is very tied and basic. Food is very average and the wines and champers are acceptable but not the best available from NZ. Even if you can buy...

    CMA222 Today, 04:02 PM Go to last post

    Re: Qantas Chauffeur service - General Questions/Advice

    Just received my call for a trip thursday morning. Had no issue moving it forward until 10am (originally booked at 10:50am). Asked how much luggage and if i would like a call on approach. All pretty...

    rioter Today, 03:59 PM Go to last post
    get me outta here

    Re: United Airlines B777 Seating - How good is it?

    That's good to know as I found some promo photos, can't remember where now, that didn't show any divider, but showed one person, and others too actually, all looking straight at the person facing and...

    get me outta here Today, 03:56 PM Go to last post

    Re: Qantas Chauffeur service - General Questions/Advice

    Just a pity you didn't manage to give feedback at the time. It's obviously still rankling - but the company could possibly have turned the situation around, with a good response, and had you singing...

    pagingjoan Today, 03:52 PM Go to last post

    Re: United Airlines B777 Seating - How good is it?

    IFE monitors are in between. You would have to be quite tall to actually be staring over the top of the divider and talk to the person facing you.

    TomVexille Today, 03:51 PM Go to last post
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