iphone and international precautions


macrumors P6
Original poster
Jul 17, 2005
5045 feet above sea level
I want to take my iphone with me to Europe for the ability for pictures and music at night (as well as have a phone when I get back in the states while at airport,etc)

Are these precautions sufficient to avoid ANY and ALL charges. I want NO surprise bills

1) Data Roaming: Off
2) Cellular Data: Off
3) Airplane Mode: On

I realize that Airplane mode alone may be sufficient itself. Anything I am missing?



macrumors 68020
Jan 2, 2011
So airplane mode throughout whole trip is safe right? Just making sure and wanted to hear a second opinion!
You will only get a charge if the phone actually connects to a cell tower overseas. Putting it in airplane mode prevents it from connecting to a cell tower and therefore there will be no surprise charges.

If you want to can get an unlock and a local sim also.


macrumors 68020
Jul 24, 2002
Westchester County, NY
You'll be fine as long as it's in Airplane Mode. Just remember to turn WiFi back on after enabling it since it kills that as well. WiFi use won't cost you anything and you never know if the place you're staying or if any local businesses offer it for free.


Can you not just remove the SIM ?! :confused:
Not all iPhones use SIM cards.
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