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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.
  • Current Discussion


    Re: ATO (tax office) payments by credit card

    As CE has advised Citi has a suite of Visa cards to run up Kris Miles but none that work for ATO. So I have Citi Select(Prestige) as it earns a net 1.33 Kris Miles per dollar spend and you can...

    cove Today, 11:02 PM Go to last post

    Re: Choosing between a points upgrade on QF93 or QF18?

    I stand to be corrected, but I believe status is more important than fare class in the upgrade priority queue. So in your example, the WP on a saver fare would be successful.

    Mattg Today, 10:59 PM Go to last post

    Re: Couple of AAdvantage questions from a newbie to it

    Officially AA is 24 hours for international transit, and 4 hours for domestic transit.

    However, I have had push-back from AA regarding a long stay in HKG connecting CX-CX and CX-QF. A couple of...

    MEL_Traveller Today, 10:56 PM Go to last post

    Re: Choosing between a points upgrade on QF93 or QF18?

    I've often wondered what percentage of the Y cabin are on non-upgradable sale fares. The real threat are the people in PE. Less points to upgrade & they are prioritised ahead of people in Y. One...

    Dr_Fliptop Today, 10:56 PM Go to last post

    Re: My First TR: 21 Flights in 28 Days

    There's an extra liquids and gels check for flights to Australia at many ports. I assume it's an Australian government requirement. I saw many bottles being handed over when boarding a flight to SYD...

    seanpodge Today, 10:56 PM Go to last post

    Re: Analytics of QF LOYALTY

    bring it on!!! based on my spend with Qantas they'll actually be offering to pay me to just to fly!

    MEL_Traveller Today, 10:53 PM Go to last post

    Re: IHG® Dining Rewards program replacing Priority Privilege from 1st July 2014

    Continue to wait patiently in other words.

    I have $100 dining credit and trying to work out where to use it. Not sure if it is one $100 credit or 2 x $50 credit. Need to check.

    JohnK Today, 10:53 PM Go to last post

    Re: ATO (tax office) payments by credit card

    :shock::shock::shock: I hope there's not a subliminal message there, cove.

    JohnM Today, 10:53 PM Go to last post

    Re: BRG will now better the rate by 20% :) :)

    :) Thanks, I do have an active subscription. Also I had lunch with the creator in Hong Kong a few months ago :D

    Alanslegal Today, 10:49 PM Go to last post

    Re: 1 wife, 2 kids - 2 bookings into 1 on QF1 + Upgrades

    The information is correct that the two bookings cannot be joined into one PNR.

    mannej Today, 10:49 PM Go to last post
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