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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: Qantas to Tahiti

    YES. We spent 3 days exploring the main island and did not run out of things to do. Its a nice drive down to Tahiti Iti and there are interesting things to stop off and see including some impressive...

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    Not really, there are many complimentary posts about AP's advice, remarks and experience.

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    knasty Today, 09:26 AM Go to last post

    Re: SkyBus gone up again :(

    I've been told that too although have stood once or twice in the past. Actually at 6'3 I would prefer to stand on the newer buses since they have such shocking legroom compared to the old ones.

    opusman Today, 09:24 AM Go to last post

    Re: Claiming Aquire points but not QFF points

    Slightly OT, but you also have to be on 081 stock, I found out, not just a QF flight number.

    Mr_Orange Today, 09:19 AM Go to last post

    Re: General Virgin Australia Delays/Cancellations/etc. Discussion

    This sort of thing disrupts a lot of people, but far better (IMHO) to have a disruption to holiday plans, than be dealing with many funerals. Conservative is the better approach I would think.

    swanning_it Today, 09:10 AM Go to last post

    Re: SkyBus gone up again :(

    Just on that last bit - I had to wait for the next Skybus as the one I wanted to get on was "full", though nobody was standing. I was in a hurry and said I'd be happy to stand if it meant I could get...

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    I sometimes use a different browser and search again.

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