Airplane Mode Abroad

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  1. lilface macrumors member

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    I'm traveling abroad next week, and I would like to keep in touch with a few people during my travels. My question is, if my iPhone is in Airplane mode, do iMessages still work IF I have access to wifi?

    Obviously, if I have no wifi access I'm assuming that doesn't work.

    Thanks!
     
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    Yes, as long as you have WiFi connectivity, iMessages should work.
     
  3. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Just to double check, you understand the difference between iMessages (blue) and text messages (green), right?

    You'll get iMessages but not texts.
     
  4. zorinlynx macrumors 601

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    Keep in mind that turning on Airplane mode disables GPS. It's annoying as hell if you want to use Maps.

    The best way to prevent all cellular communication is to set a SIM PIN, reboot your phone, and just not enter the PIN. Cellular radio will stay completely off, but you will still have Wifi, GPS, and Bluetooth. Another plus is if your phone is stolen they can't do anything on your cellular account with your SIM card!

    Just don't forget the PIN you set. It can be a pain to reset it with your provider if you do.
     
  5. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    That's what the OP was asking about, iMessages.
     
  6. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    That's what "double check" means.
     
  7. Gav2k, Mar 31, 2014
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    Gav2k macrumors G3

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    No need to set airplane mode just do the following...

    Set your data roaming to off

    And set iMessage to not send as SMS
     

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  8. C DM, Mar 31, 2014
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    Your phone would still then spend time looking for and perhaps finding some signal that you might not want, and some calls or text messages might come through (since you only have data roaming off) possibly resulting in charges. Perhaps if you also or instead turn off voice roaming, but even then it might still be looking for a cellular signal.
     
  9. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Take your sim out. Your iPhone will work like a WiFi iTouch with a GPS.
     
  10. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Generally that would work in a lot of cases, but might not with a CDMA iPhone (like Verizon, for example).
     
  11. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    But even Verizon iPhones have SIM cards these days.
     
  12. ChittagongBoy macrumors member

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    Roaming

    Thank you so much for this tip, will convey to my colleagues who travel outside the US racking up un-intentional roaming charges. Much Appreciated.
     
  13. Camoxide macrumors regular

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    Remember to turn wifi back on. Turning airplane mode on deactivates it.
     
  14. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Yup, pulling the SIM would work with a Verizon phone as well as far as turning off cellular, just as locking the SIM with a PIN would (after a restart).
     

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