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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: AMEX not accepted or surcharge

    Sounds good to me..

    Franky Today, 12:16 AM Go to last post

    Re: Increase in points required for QANTAS upgrades!

    You mean you don't read the bottom paragraph on the 7th page from one of the 12 emails Qantas sends weekly from 9 weeks ago? Shock horror!

    Falcs Today, 12:05 AM Go to last post

    Re: Increase in points required for QANTAS upgrades!

    Sigh. Well, not by me, sadly.

    fistingdwarves Today, 12:04 AM Go to last post

    Re: Increase in points required for QANTAS upgrades!

    This has been know about since last November

    deejo77 Today, 12:00 AM Go to last post

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

    Its looking like a July launch, subject to change of course. MEL-HKG definitely being talked about, however possibly SYD too as HNA wants both cities connected to HKG.

    soorox Yesterday, 11:56 PM Go to last post

    Re: QF Darwin Lounge

    Great pics!

    While I've only spent a couple of hours in the lounge recently, I have to say I like it. Cool, airy and plenty of seats.

    kermatu Yesterday, 11:55 PM Go to last post

    Increase in points required for QANTAS upgrades!

    Just got upgraded on an upcoming SYD-SIN sector. Booked in S, so upgrade should be 40k points, right? Wrong. I was charged 50k.

    Immediately called QANTAS and spoke to a lovely lass who...

    fistingdwarves Yesterday, 11:55 PM Go to last post

    Re: Auckland Emirates Lounge

    Was there again on Friday - entered 1:45pm and left about 2:40pm. Must admit the lounge was getting reasonably full by the time I left. SYD flight was departing just after 4pm I think. But on arrival...

    kermatu Yesterday, 11:51 PM Go to last post

    Re: AMEX not accepted or surcharge

    If shopping at JB, don't tell them it's an Amex and you are normally fine. Just say credit card. Or lie and say visa and swipe/tap yourself.

    Cynicor Yesterday, 11:36 PM Go to last post

    Re: Booking a more complex multi-city ticket with Qantas

    Will try. Any suggestions for a good TA; would prefer to avoid Flight Centre for someone knowledgable, if possible.

    dlam Yesterday, 11:34 PM Go to last post
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