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Old Mar 16, 2008, 03:55 AM   #1
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How to Avoid Huge Fees Abroad with iPhone....?

Is there any good advice to using your iPhone Abroad in Europe without
being charged through the nose....?

What should i do at cafes if i just want to surf the internet..?

and to receive calls in Europe how much is that ?

thanks!
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Old Mar 16, 2008, 05:25 AM   #2
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Make sure that Data Roaming is OFF. Make sure that Mail auto check is manual. Have fun in Europe!
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Old Mar 16, 2008, 05:41 AM   #3
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Is there any good advice to using your iPhone Abroad in Europe without
being charged through the nose....?

What should i do at cafes if i just want to surf the internet..?

and to receive calls in Europe how much is that ?

thanks!
I went from Europe to the US in January and avoided any real change in my bill.

As the above poster says *turn off data roaming *this is the big money saver. Data roaming charges can be outrageous.

You just need to be disciplined and hold out for any FREE Wifi hotspots, of which you will find in most major cities. Use those opportunities to check mail and surf.

Regarding receiving calls, you need to check with your service provider for a list of rates.
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Old Mar 16, 2008, 07:55 AM   #4
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If you are with AT&T you can temporarily subscribe to a travel plan for a month at a time. I think its around an additional $25-30 but it cuts down on the phone charges substantially and allows you to use data up to a certain cap limit.
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Old Mar 16, 2008, 09:48 AM   #5
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Old Mar 16, 2008, 09:58 AM   #6
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unlock + local sim card?
If he's just going there as a vacation or just temporary...
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Old Mar 16, 2008, 12:01 PM   #7
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So, Is it possible to use the iPhone as an iPod Touch....
when abroad in Europe ? ( to avoid the data roaming charges )
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Old Mar 16, 2008, 12:14 PM   #8
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So, Is it possible to use the iPhone as an iPod Touch....
when abroad in Europe ? ( to avoid the data roaming charges )
Well, there is WiFi, there is an iPod... so yes?

Leave your sim card at home if your scared about your bill.
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Old Mar 16, 2008, 12:53 PM   #9
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ok, but the question is:

Will the iPhone work without the SIM card...?
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Old Mar 16, 2008, 01:01 PM   #10
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ok, but the question is:

Will the iPhone work without the SIM card...?

Yes as long as its already been activated.
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Old Mar 16, 2008, 02:17 PM   #11
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So, Is it possible to use the iPhone as an iPod Touch....
when abroad in Europe ? ( to avoid the data roaming charges )
As the other people have said, yes.

If you are trying to avoid data roaming charges...

Settings -> General -> Network -> Data Roaming:Off
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Old Mar 16, 2008, 02:56 PM   #12
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ok, thanks !
because AT&T are going to try to rip you off
any way they can to milk you of roaming charges !
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Old Mar 16, 2008, 04:59 PM   #13
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ok, thanks !
because AT&T are going to try to rip you off
any way they can to milk you of roaming charges !
unless you answer your calls and dont use data no.
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Old Mar 17, 2008, 08:19 AM   #14
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Unlock iPhone or Use RAZR

I have a similar question. I'm flying to the Netherlands for a week. I do have a T-Mobile SIM for the Netherlands, as I lived there for a year, and still have a plan there (just call time). Wondering if it is worth unlocking my phone for this and then relock it when I return. I'm running 1.1.4. How would I go about unlocking it? Or would it be better to just use my old unlocked RAZR and use the iPhone as an iPod? Thanks for your help.
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Old Mar 17, 2008, 08:28 AM   #15
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I have a similar question. I'm flying to the Netherlands for a week. I do have a T-Mobile SIM for the Netherlands, as I lived there for a year, and still have a plan there (just call time). Wondering if it is worth unlocking my phone for this and then relock it when I return. I'm running 1.1.4. How would I go about unlocking it? Or would it be better to just use my old unlocked RAZR and use the iPhone as an iPod? Thanks for your help.
For you, I would recommend unlocking. The OP looked like they did not need/want phone service while there, so unlocking did not seem like a good proposition for him. For you, though, you seem to need ot want phone service- the only way is to unlock. Then you should be just fine.

Unlocks have come a long way-you CAN reverse them if you want "no trace" left". I would recommend the iPlus unlock for you, they d/g the BL to 3.9, but with a special hack so you can upgrade it back to 4.6 when you are done. (I am not sure HOW to upgrade it back- that is a GOOD question!)

For me, since I am T-Mo in the US, I am just get a local pre-paid when I am over in Europe. Seemless.
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Old Mar 17, 2008, 08:29 AM   #16
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unlock it and then when you return restore and re-activate with ur old sim again.. nobody will ever know the difference....
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Old Mar 17, 2008, 08:51 AM   #17
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Well that seems to make sense. iPlus says it is completely reversible. Has anyone tried reversing it? Safe? Seems a lot more fun than using my RAZR! Thanks for the help.
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Old Mar 18, 2008, 12:52 AM   #18
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that is true that i don't want to pay huge roaming costs while abroad,

but it would still be nice to be able to make super short calls and receive some short calls as well while over in europe, but the data charges are what i am afraid of........
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Old Mar 18, 2008, 11:23 AM   #19
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Turn off data roaming, dont check your emails or surf the internet using the cell network. Make your calls very short.

Its all a matter of common sense.
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Yes as long as its already been activated.
Can I use my iPhone in the South Pacific without the sim card
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