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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: Best QF Status Run Options - Questions and General Discussion

    Have you thought about a local run over there with BA/Kulula?

    I'm no expert on this and am happy to be corrected but I think that you could fly DUR-CPT-JNB return in J for around A$1600 and 240...

    gizzard Today, 05:23 PM Go to last post

    Re: The 24 hour "transit"

    It seems that IATA's official definition is 24 hours, so maybe IATA member airlines just have to agree with that. Although the glossary also mentions that more than 6 hours is a stopover in certain...

    defurax Today, 05:23 PM Go to last post

    Re: Best QF Status Run Options - Questions and General Discussion

    And they've posted to my activity statement already.

    crum Today, 05:17 PM Go to last post

    Re: Domestic Flight Connecting to International - Boarding Passes?..

    Last time we flew Syd>BNE>LAX and we were given boarding passes for both flights but in BNE, we were called to the gate shortly before it opened to show our passports.

    Denali Today, 05:17 PM Go to last post

    Re: The 24 hour "transit"

    No, because then it would be a stopover! MCT is completely irrelevant. If you are re-joining the same flight number a day later (assuming 24hrs + the ground time), that is clearly a stopover and...

    flying_double Today, 05:16 PM Go to last post

    Re: Win 50k Velocity Points with Accor

    Is the partnership with Accor new?

    I often stay at a Novotel or Pullman but have been booking via Agoda for VA points plus WP bonus.

    Denali Today, 05:15 PM Go to last post

    Re: Domestic Flight Connecting to International - Boarding Passes?..

    In my experience VA give you all the boarding passes when you check in for the first flight, in a little cardboard folder. Red for economy, purple for business.

    esseeeayeenn Today, 05:07 PM Go to last post

    Re: Virgin Lounge to open in Hobart! [No longer "Mid 2014"]

    Dunno, $125 isn't so bad. Granted, if you have a tribe of kids it adds up but as a single person I have a certain view on tribes of kids on planes and basically it involves not on my plane and/or the...

    i_hate_the_tulla_freeway Today, 05:04 PM Go to last post

    Re: Six weeks in Europe – Germany, Italy, Greece and more

    Took a day trip to Assisi on Sunday. The place was packed with tourists and pilgrims with a large service held at Basilica of Saint Francis. Tour buses lining the streets. The crowds started to thin...

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    I just used this for my partner and I to go MEL --> PER on a Flexi fare and then used complimentary upgrades on top of it. Worked a treat! Thanks :D

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