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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: Goodbye to @QantasAirways Yananyi Dreaming next week

    Does this mean Mendoowoorrji will be the only remaining one? At first I wasn't sold on it, but after flying on it last week and seeing it up close, the attention to detail is certainly impressive.

    status_seeker Today, 08:33 PM Go to last post

    Re: LAX T4 - TBIT shuttle

    Turn RIGHT on exiting the Flagship Lounge, walk for about 50-70m to just past gate 40 and you should see a sign on your LEFT to walk down some stairs.

    It shares the same doors with American Eagle...

    legroom Today, 08:30 PM Go to last post

    Re: what is the smallest redemption amount to keep points alive?

    The Passport Challenge points have not come through yet one month after I played it.

    So the US residency requirements seem to be enforced there, I'm afraid.

    legroom Today, 08:18 PM Go to last post

    Re: F Awards Emirates

    "HAVE" to be QF F !

    ...... however, I do understand what you mean even though the rest (well, those non-AFFers who happen to be everyone else out there at every airport) may shake their heads...

    legroom Today, 08:14 PM Go to last post

    Re: EK upgrade love

    Taking this flight on Sunday; I guess they key is to move to the EK lounge closer to departure than remain in the QF F Lounge!

    SQ421 Today, 08:04 PM Go to last post

    Re: ANZ has launched its Black Rewards card

    I was basing my statement on something I saw in the T&C's. Said no points on government charges so I assumed it included ATO. I don't make ATO payments myself so have never experimented.


    zainman Today, 07:53 PM Go to last post
    Supersonic Swinger

    Re: what is the smallest redemption amount to keep points alive?

    I seem to have much more luck then.

    Supersonic Swinger Today, 07:53 PM Go to last post

    Re: F Awards Emirates

    Agree I have looked at lots of options and EK never comes up for 2 pax. Will probably have to be QF again I think.

    Chesty Today, 07:27 PM Go to last post

    Re: Another cutback

    Plastic Spoons in Domestic J cutlery

    mickeyc747 Today, 07:23 PM Go to last post

    Re: HKG new lounge open

    And the lounge also caters for the two BA flights to LHR.

    JohnPhelan Today, 07:23 PM Go to last post
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