Help using iphone in India -wifi only

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by EricaV, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. EricaV macrumors regular

    EricaV

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    I've looked at international data packages on ATT and they look pricey. $24.99 for 50 mb is going to add up terribly quickly with the amount of email I get.

    I can live with getting a cheap phone in india for the month I'm there unless anyone knows if an international phone plan only is reasonable.

    here's what I want to be certain of.

    1. putting the phone in airplane mode will disable incoming calls so I won't get roaming charges- even for voice messages when I don't answer

    2. Even if I take it out of airplane mode for a moment- with ATT I wont' get charged for incoming texts and I can opt out of choosing to send texts for 50 cents a pop

    3. Turn off data roaming to be absolutely sure of not getting charged for internet/emails etc.

    4. wifi will work in airplane mode

    5. If i choose to forward my mobile phone to another phone where I get voice messages by email i will not get charged for any calls that are routed this way.

    Finally- is there any other way to turn off the phone or should forwarding calls cover it.

    Any other feedback about using iphone India would be great.
     
  2. DerekRod macrumors 6502a

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    Forward the calls,watch your data counter because I was charged for 3 MBs in London with data roaming off so just be careful and no the international plans are a rape where are you from if your not in the US see if your carrier will unlock your iPhone(AT&T will not unlock though)
     
  3. /user/me macrumors 6502

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    I have an international plan, and I don't remember being illegally forced whether under duress, physically forced, or verbally harassed, or drugged into unwillingly having sex with someone when I got my plan.
     
  4. DerekRod macrumors 6502a

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    Very clever I mean your still paying a hell of a lot for services especially data with any international pan
     
  5. /user/me macrumors 6502

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    Right, but if you have the money...
     
  6. DerekRod macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah but why pay it?It adds up with data usage I ended up with a thousand dollar bill well 1357 to be exact but if you have the means just roam thats completley on you
     
  7. /user/me macrumors 6502

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    What were you doing that you racked up over a thousand dollars in one month???
     
  8. DerekRod macrumors 6502a

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    1 MB of data is 50 bucks when you roam internationally refresh a web page 10 times BOOM 1000 dollars
     
  9. /user/me macrumors 6502

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    That explains it. Who's your carrier? I'm only paying 200 for 800 mb... Far less expensive than your charges. Did you have a plan, or did you just rack up charges?
     
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    Your figures are incorrect. Even with pay as you use, which is far more expensive, it's 20 dollars a mb, far from 50.

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    Even so, It's still expensive. You should get a plan instead of pay as you go.
     
  12. anirudh macrumors 6502

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    I am not sure I understand what you want to do here. But I'll try to answer based on what I think you want to know :)

    If you put your phone in Airplane mode, your data services cannot be used. Your best bet would be to activate call forwarding and switch off data usage. Then get a phone in India that you can use for data and local calls. Seeing the bill amount you guys are generating while abroad, you could get a brand new factory unlocked iPhone here, get a data, text and minutes plan and STILL end up saving cash :eek:

    Hope this helps. Feel free to ask if theres anything else
     
  13. DerekRod macrumors 6502a

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    I have an unlocked phone now no more issues and regardless 20 dollars for MB is ridiculous
     
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  15. DerekRod macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah well this is only international roaming pay per use data at reasonable rates would nice (Roaming/domestic)
     
  16. EricaV thread starter macrumors regular

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    Using my US/ATT iphone in India

    Just thought I'd post on what I did, which worked well for me.

    I did get a local Indian phone for calls, but I had to go through quite a bit of red tape, with passports, applications, extra photos etc.. To be expected, glad people want to prevent mis-use of cell phones in India ! I did get a phone with 2 sim cards since I was in 2 states and the plans/networks differ from state to state, so it was a hassle to get the two cards, but worth it if you're there for any length of time.

    I Turned off the data usage on the iphone but kept messaging on.

    Forwarded all calls to my landline BEFORE leaving the US- time spent routing voice mail is charged at international roaming rates so you don't want people getting through to your phone or voice mail while you're abroad. I have proof of this because somehow I made two mistaken "pocket calls" to random people. When I discovered this ATT kindly refunded them.

    Received unlimited free text messages via ATT the whole time I was there
    Payed about $20 or so to send 50 texts a month- came in handy versus the 40 or 50 cents per outgoing text otherwise.

    Used the wifi on the phone when wifi was available.

    Iphones cost $900-$1000 in India (at least at the mac store- maybe there's a better way), so the local sim card and phone was the best way to go for calls. I used skype/wifi or skype phone service to call the states when needed. I did not investigate getting another data/voice phone other than the iphone.

    This worked well for what I needed

    Thanks for all the feedback I was given !!


     

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