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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

    TheRealTMA

    Re: Will you miss the headphone jack? (iPhone 7 discussion)

    Tell us more! Sound like fun in the aircraft when you can't take your laptop. :)

    TheRealTMA Today, 08:11 PM Go to last post
    amaroo

    Re: Will you miss the headphone jack? (iPhone 7 discussion)

    Just keep it away from your balls or brain.....

    amaroo Today, 08:05 PM Go to last post
    Pleb Status

    Re: Will you miss the headphone jack? (iPhone 7 discussion)

    It appears that the new Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ will be retaining the headphone socket. I am very happy about that, as even though I have the QC35, I still use my QC20 as well.

    Pleb Status Today, 08:02 PM Go to last post
    opusman

    Re: New US & UK Laptop/Tablet ban on up to 8 countries

    Who needs a laptop when EK hostie will bring you a bottle of Paradis ;)

    opusman Today, 07:59 PM Go to last post
    amaroo

    Re: Which direction to take a Business/First Class on Holidays

    I'd select a day flight... night flights are waste of an experience IMO.

    amaroo Today, 07:52 PM Go to last post
    JessicaTam

    Re: I'm in the QF Lounge thread

    Well I read them! ;)

    JessicaTam Today, 07:51 PM Go to last post
    Princess Fiona

    Re: Will you miss the headphone jack? (iPhone 7 discussion)

    I solved that problem by having a few of those adapters in key bags/ places at any one time.

    Princess Fiona Today, 07:48 PM Go to last post
    Genji88

    Re: VA to HKG from mid 2017 [From Where?]

    As a self funded NR who doesn't travel for business purposes, I'd really have to wait for the ink to dry or see decent sale fares in J to travel MEL-HKG in J with VA.

    I've currently never flown J...

    Genji88 Today, 07:47 PM Go to last post
    RooFlyer

    Re: Which direction to take a Business/First Class on Holidays

    Exactly.

    Extra letters

    RooFlyer Today, 07:42 PM Go to last post
    amaroo

    Re: New US & UK Laptop/Tablet ban on up to 8 countries

    I was liberated the day I ceased travelling with a laptop :mrgreen: At the age of 44 - I've been flying like a bird!

    amaroo Today, 07:32 PM Go to last post
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