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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 member’s 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.
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    Re: Worse than feet on bulkheads

    Lovely sentiment on Australia Day .... explains a lot about the last 24 hours and 2.4 centuries.

    Moody Today, 11:16 PM Go to last post

    Re: Taxi drivers. Best and worst. ?

    The accelerator pumping is just plain bad driving. I have felt ill from a Sydney CBD to airport ride. Just cannot understand why so many taxi drivers do it ?!?

    OzEire Today, 11:16 PM Go to last post

    Re: I'll do whatever it takes to avoid Emirates Economy on the 773.

    I know what you mean, I have 5 hours flight with BA Y later this year booked on special fare but I'm starting to regret it already. Would pay the upgrade fee to PE if it wasn't nearly as bad...

    boomy Today, 11:08 PM Go to last post

    Re: Trying to Book One-Way Amsterdam to Melbourne in Business Class

    For june, the sweet spot looks something like Paris.

    Full business class to SYD/MEL on air india is USD2200. There's a three hour stop in Delhi (which is now about the same as BKK, so perfectly...

    MEL_Traveller Today, 11:06 PM Go to last post

    Re: What's your prediction on the Australian Dollar?

    Actually there was a recent study which suggested economic "experts" not only can get it wrong but in fact are slightly worse at predictions than random chance.

    burmans Today, 11:06 PM Go to last post

    Re: Need a doctor - just spent $1500 on *alliance Gold - for no good reason :)

    Yes it is :)

    With a ¨cyber weekend¨special domestic flights to some destinations came down to $65 USD per sector in J, each of which counts as 2 sectors due to class. To obtain Star Alliance...

    juddles Today, 11:05 PM Go to last post

    Re: New statement credits

    This was to be my suggestion too, there is no way they know the state of your account.

    burmans Today, 11:00 PM Go to last post

    Bellagio Las Vegas

    Last time we were there (breakfast) they didn't have a tea leaf/bag in the place!

    Nearly ruin my day.

    amaroo Today, 10:57 PM Go to last post

    Re: Trying to Book One-Way Amsterdam to Melbourne in Business Class

    Some questions, first
    1) Do you have any airlines that you won't consider flying? My wife wont fly China Southern/Eastern , Malaysian , Garuda, Vietnam etc. so am stuck with the more expensive ones....

    Digger11 Today, 10:45 PM Go to last post

    Re: Trying to Book One-Way Amsterdam to Melbourne in Business Class

    i was budgetting around A$2,500 but this was when our dollar was a lot stronger. Not happy the dollar has dropped so much, just seems to make everything more expensive but the Govt. seems to...

    Digger11 Today, 10:38 PM Go to last post
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