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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

    QF WP

    Re: Scams like these

    I'm weary of being wary ;). Had a new one today, Jennie is a tired mum who wants me to "Come to my house I want to say thank you in a special way" as well as being fairly explicit in her description...

    QF WP Today, 10:42 AM Go to last post

    Re: Question for the IT gurus??

    You are not alone with the problem, there has been recent changes with a few browsers where they are not accepting sites that use older forms of encryption.

    We have a web based app, that till 4...

    clazman Today, 10:39 AM Go to last post

    Re: Question for the IT gurus??

    When I get the "This page...." message I try a different browser (Chrome or Firefox) and generally it works.
    That said, I have never paid any attention to the information below (Turn on....) so...

    Buzzard Today, 10:37 AM Go to last post

    Re: extraordinary call wait times tonight for QF call centre :(

    An NB I know tells me he waited about 2 hours :shock:

    Buzzard Today, 10:32 AM Go to last post

    Re: extraordinary call wait times tonight for QF call centre :(

    You mean enhanced call centre staffing levels.

    Sdtravel Today, 10:27 AM Go to last post

    Question for the IT gurus??

    A couple of days ago my computer suddenly stopped connecting me to a number of internets sites. In particular, Velocity, Virgin, Bigpond webmail and Hilton, which I use all the time.


    swanning_it Today, 10:20 AM Go to last post

    Re: Scams like these

    When I have the time I do string them along as long as possible as I think:

    The time spent with me (watching the cricket on the PC screen etc) is time they cannot be scamming someone else

    RAM Today, 10:13 AM Go to last post

    Re: "oneworld" award (140K/280K/420K) Planning - The Definitive Thread

    The RTW rules require your itinerary to finish at your place of departure so the itinerary you book would have to include your return to PER. You could abandon your flights from Bali - HKG - PER...

    vetrade Today, 10:08 AM Go to last post

    Re: extraordinary call wait times tonight for QF call centre :(

    Yeah I noticed in the last few weeks the waiting times have blown out (used to get through almost instantly, now there's 30+ min wait). Have QF reduced call centre staffing?

    Doctore1003 Today, 09:56 AM Go to last post

    Re: New Promo - Design Hotel

    Thanks for that! Just registered since I have a stay at a Meridien property in late December.

    defurax Today, 09:53 AM Go to last post
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