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Travelling abroad, what should I turn off?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by blinkie, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

    I'm travelling from the UK to France with my new iphone4. Are there settings I should be turning off to stop it from connecting it's self to the internet and running up a huge bill?
  2. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Turn off data roaming and any push mail.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Be warned: if you leave your phone on and don't answer, it registers as a call forward when it transfers the person to voicemail. You end up paying international roaming for the minutes people are leaving you voicemail messages. If you leave your phone off, it won't do this. Depending on where you're going, look up the international roaming rates and decide if it's worth it to you. Remember you can have your phone in airplane mode (3G/voice/SMS turned off) while having wifi enabled.

    And be sure international data roaming is turned off in the phone. That gets expensive quickly.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Just turn your phone off completely.

    International rates are crazy! I was in Europe for 2 weeks, and it was kind of liberating not having a phone on me.

    Of course, once I got back to the states?

    Phone on!
  5. macrumors regular

    Thanks for your advice.

    It's a nice idea but I'm going to be wanting the camera and ipod. :)
  6. macrumors 68040


    Airplane mode. :p
  7. macrumors 6502

    There you go!
  8. macrumors 603


    What about going to Settings --> General --> Network and turning off "Cellular Data". Will this shut overything off or just data usage?

    Actually, I think it just terminates data. Airplane mode is the safest.
  9. macrumors 603


    Airplane mode, and you can still turn on wifi if the hotel you're staying at has it.
  10. macrumors regular


    Oven, Lights, TV, Radio......... ;)
  11. macrumors demi-god


    Why do people suggest to turn off Push AND Data Roaming? Simply turning Data Roaming Off will turn off ANY data, even push.

    So OP, if you're only worried about data you only need to turn off Data Roaming. If you want to avoid calls and texts too you should put your iPhone in Airplane Mode and then turn WiFi.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Yep. When we went to Bermuda I turned on airplane mode then turned WiFi back on. Using Internet cafes, I was able to stay in touch without difficulty. I'm sure you can do the same in Europe.
  13. macrumors 6502a

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    "Data roaming" off should work, although there have been some rare horror stories of woe over the years. (mostly from 3rd world local carrier scams)

    I would think the new 4.0 option of turning off "cellular data" would be the ultimate kill switch for traveling data worries. If I understand it correctly, you still have a working iPhone in all respects (including wifi) minus the cell tower data use.

  14. macrumors member

    Just hold it, preferably with your left hand.
  15. macrumors 68040


    Haha, well-played! :D
  16. macrumors 6502a


    just keep it simple and turn on airplane mode. it turns off data and the cellular network on the phone, so it's essentially an iPod touch with a camera
  17. macrumors demi-god


    Turning Data Roaming Off effectively does the same thing as turning off Cellular Data when you leave your country. Most (probably all) of the horror stories you hear are because either people didn't turn data roaming off or they turned it back on just "once in a while" and then were shocked when the bill came.
  18. macrumors 68000


    Airplane mode, then turn WiFi back on if you want.

  19. macrumors member

    That made me laugh ;D! Good idea actually...
  20. macrumors regular


    Airplane mode & cellular data
  21. macrumors demi-god


    Why both? Airplane mode already kills everything.
  22. macrumors regular

    Thanks everyone. Just to clarify, does Data Roaming refer to my phone accessing the networks of local mobile phone companies? For calls or only for internet?
  23. macrumors 6502


    Make an email address that's only for international travel. Tell that address to your friends, no one else.

    Get Google Voice and switch from Visual Voice mail to GV's voicemail, turn off sms forwarding. You can check messages via email or on the web.

    Use GV SMS and check messages via email or on the web.

    This is only the data usage. This includes email and all other data use, but not SMS (billed separately).
  24. macrumors newbie

    Just turn off voicemail, as well as data roaming.

    Texts are free to receive anyway and you can choose which phonecalls you may wish to answer, bearing in mind you will be charged to receive them if you do.
  25. macrumors demi-god


    Data roaming is only for internet.

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