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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

    Cruiser Elite

    Re: That was fast...

    Criminal necessity? :D

    Cruiser Elite Today, 01:39 PM Go to last post
    TomVexille

    Re: That was fast...

    Nice one :)

    TomVexille Today, 01:37 PM Go to last post
    Himeno

    That was fast...

    Qantas can be quite fast when they want to be.

    I have upcoming international travel depending in 10 days. I recently changed my name and the tickets for the travel are in the new name.
    I had a...

    Himeno Today, 01:36 PM Go to last post
    Kangol

    Re: Epiqure latest offering

    Thanks, yes I do like a good Barossa shiraz. I'll give DMs a go on the weekend and report back. Might need to get a bottle of Taittinger or two to make up the six if they don't have enough.

    What...

    Kangol Today, 01:30 PM Go to last post
    QF WP

    Re: QFF/Loyalty Survey - "We'd like to know what you think"

    Tiger weren't mentioned in mine. Should depend on the responses to the earlier Q's...wonder what are the panel of questions?

    QF WP Today, 01:29 PM Go to last post
    dmitri

    Re: QFF/Loyalty Survey - "We'd like to know what you think"

    I did this survey yesterday, there are some funny questions in there, way too many about tiger air for my liking???

    dmitri Today, 01:23 PM Go to last post
    Daver6

    Re: Epiqure latest offering

    Yes. A quality wine that will age well. If you like your big Barossa Shiraz then don't hesitate. I purchased half a dozen of the 2008 on release. Not touched any and unlikely to for another 4 years...

    Daver6 Today, 01:23 PM Go to last post
    dmitri

    Re: should qantas publish international upgrade statistics?

    They can say they are experts but will never be 100%. I'm sure every day people book flights that are leaving the same day on late notice. Businessman and women that have company policy to fly...

    dmitri Today, 01:21 PM Go to last post
    pblackie

    Re: WA top 100 AFL final competition

    Someone must have been reading the posts, just received an email with my flight details!

    pblackie Today, 01:19 PM Go to last post
    MEL_Traveller

    should qantas publish international upgrade statistics?

    given all airlines, including qantas, say they are expert in predicting passenger loads (at least they tell us that when it comes to calculating overbooking)... why can't they also publish the chance...

    MEL_Traveller Today, 01:17 PM Go to last post
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