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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


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    It's not normal but it does happen. Favours for staff, higher tier frequent flyers, seating families together, change of aircraft are just some of the excuses.

    Happens to me more often than I like...

    JohnK Today, 01:32 AM Go to last post

    Re: Qantas Domestic Business Class meals

    Four hot options is better than some international services. Gotta love QF inconsistency. Though OOL catering seems - at least from this thread - to be consistently good.

    kermatu Today, 12:43 AM Go to last post

    Re: Connection time Sydney - Dom - Int

    They certainly do on SYD-CBR and SYD-MEL -- my guess is the ADL flights would also move around a bit so no harm asking.

    kermatu Today, 12:37 AM Go to last post

    Re: I have finally done it!

    Great stuff - congrats!

    kermatu Today, 12:31 AM Go to last post

    Re: asiana SYD-ICN - $2,654 J RT

    That's an amazing price, thanks for posting :)

    technoir Yesterday, 11:51 PM Go to last post

    Re: Can't select Noumea as a destination for voucher redemption

    You need to edit the code via the source, I believe. Then it works fine. Ridiculously annoying, I am sure. Think you can/could do the same with the Doha bug.

    Cynicor Yesterday, 11:50 PM Go to last post
    Flying mermaid

    Re: Connection time Sydney - Dom - Int

    i agree - I always leave a big gap between my international and domestic legs and if all goes well and I land on time I always ask at the transfer desk if I can get on an earlier flight. They are...

    Flying mermaid Yesterday, 11:49 PM Go to last post

    Re: Discussion/Q&A on Best QF Status Run Options

    Don't use the multi city booking engine to choose 4 separate flights - it will only allow you to book 2 sectors on the one day.
    But you should be fine choosing indirect flights from the normal...

    esseeeayeenn Yesterday, 11:48 PM Go to last post

    Can't select Noumea as a destination for voucher redemption

    Can anyone who has a voucher please try to select a flight to Noumea to redeem it?
    I don't mean make the booking, just see if you can select it as a destination and look for flights.
    When I try the...

    esseeeayeenn Yesterday, 11:33 PM Go to last post

    Re: Crowne Plaza Changi check in time question [12:15am] - Aerotel an option?

    Hi Denali, i just found out that staying at Aerotel is not good if you have checked luggages. Anyway, i will follow your advice and stay in the city instead. Thank you.

    desafinado74 Yesterday, 11:32 PM Go to last post
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