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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: Vietnam Airlines fares from $200+taxes etc return MEL - SGN

    We had already booked our flights but did a dummy booking out of interest

    Trip SummaryModify SearchTotal:
    1,830.04 AUD

    Special Deal
    Flight: VN780 | VN252
    Depart: Melbourne...

    puppysparkes Today, 07:51 PM Go to last post

    Re: Jetstar/AIG Insurance Scam


    Ikara Today, 07:50 PM Go to last post

    Re: Vietnam Airlines fares from $200+taxes etc return MEL - SGN

    the link posted right!

    I did a dummy booking from the link to get the final price of ~$850 odd.

    Seems the website is the overseas one... not the AU specific one... hence why they are quoting...

    MEL_Traveller Today, 07:49 PM Go to last post

    Re: Jetstar/AIG Insurance Scam

    Don't fly Jetstar?

    Mattg Today, 07:49 PM Go to last post

    Re: Qantas x PressReader

    Looking forward to trying this out tomorrow for my long and winding trip to WLG :)

    GoldCanyon340 Today, 07:48 PM Go to last post

    Re: Vietnam Airlines fares from $200+taxes etc return MEL - SGN

    Wow, didn't expect the charges to be that much. Looked like the charges were around $60 each way. That's pretty much the standard fare then, which is still ok. Just not as good as Vietnam Airlines...

    a330j Today, 07:47 PM Go to last post

    Re: Life Time Silver

    rather underwhelming - that's a very polite way of saying what I was thinking about the letter 😀

    Steady Today, 07:46 PM Go to last post

    Re: SQ - Trips & Tales

    A question please for the SQ experts - if I have a confirmed Standard J booking but have a waitlisted Saver Suites/First that clears would I get a refund of the points difference?

    Bazzi Today, 07:46 PM Go to last post

    Re: Jetstar/AIG Insurance Scam

    I have an absolute, guaranteed, iron clad way of avoiding all this.

    It's not hard!

    Ikara Today, 07:45 PM Go to last post

    Re: The view from my "office"

    So sorry not to be able to catch up ... but maybe just as well .. have been frantic with work last few days.

    Launceston ... brrrrrrrr!

    RooFlyer Today, 07:44 PM Go to last post
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