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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


    Re: Ladies... carry-on that doubles as hand bag... any suggestions

    I've been thinking of taking an animal - but I dont know of MrP's reaction. Maybe I will tell him its an AFF thing? Is that MrBindiB? I dont think he gets it either!

    Pushka Today, 02:32 PM Go to last post

    Re: SC's -> Gold to Platinum

    I was suggesting that overseas there is not a noticeable difference. It's only 25% more points as Gold receive 75% points bonus. Also can upgrade with points on VA long haul if Gold.

    I will...

    davidsilver Today, 02:32 PM Go to last post

    Re: Rental Car Damaged Prior to Pickup

    I'm very paranoid about preexisting damage and do a thorough check of the car...many tines I've gone back to get them to mark additional damage. ...amazing isn't that they do a thorough inspection...

    kpc Today, 02:32 PM Go to last post
    Princess Fiona

    Re: Couple of AAdvantage questions from a newbie to it

    I booked it online. I was actually using the search builder on Award Nexus to look for a LM award and on a whim decided to tick the BA Award search as well as UA. Couldn't believe my luck when I saw...

    Princess Fiona Today, 02:26 PM Go to last post

    Re: Bid for a "shadow" on airberlin

    I assume seating is 3-3 layout? Does this mean the person two seats away from you got a free shadow seat or they sell the one empty seat to two people sitting on either side and make money on both of...

    subichow Today, 02:25 PM Go to last post

    Re: VA & BP big announcment?

    Warks, I'm told that BP rounds up from the half-litre: so in the above example you could hit 44.51 litres and that'd count as 45 litres. :P

    DavidFlynn Today, 02:22 PM Go to last post

    Re: Couple of AAdvantage questions from a newbie to it

    Could you book that online or did you search and call?

    rogerkambah Today, 02:21 PM Go to last post
    Cool Cat Phil

    Classic rewards flights

    Have a peek at CX if you need some inspiration getting home.
    I snared 2 x J Award seats on this route for July when the award seats were uploaded in August last year.

    CX will launch a new...

    Cool Cat Phil Today, 02:21 PM Go to last post

    Re: Sq a380 exit row 47 recommendations

    Is there any space upstairs?

    subichow Today, 02:19 PM Go to last post

    Re: Classic rewards flights

    MAD - DXB - BNE most likely will be an EK metal flight, (hopefully can ge with a QF flight number).
    Need to phone up QF telephone sales.
    It will most likely be an EK flight, whether or not it can...

    AustraliaPoochie Today, 02:11 PM Go to last post
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