Preventing roaming charges while abroad?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by wordoflife, Jul 7, 2014.

  1. wordoflife macrumors 604

    wordoflife

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    Hi all,

    I'll be traveling abroad and want to know how to prevent any extra charges while keeping as much functionality of the phone as possible (so... I want to try avoid taking out the SIM).

    If I set up call forwarding (via Settings > Phone > Call Forwarding) to my Google Voice number and disable data roaming will I be okay?

    The advantage I see to this is that I will still receive SMS (and hopefully MMS?).

    I have AT&T.

    Thanks

    Edit: Also out of curiosity, are there any cheap unlocks available for the 5S for AT&T right now? Last I heard they were pretty expensive.
     
  2. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

    Mlrollin91

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    I was just in the Bahamas a few weeks ago, and once I landed I turned off cellular data but everything else was kept in tack. Pretty much data is disabled, meanwhile keeping voice and SMS enabled. I highly recommend adding a global text messaging package from AT&T. Its $10 for 50 messages or $20 for 300 (Could be wrong about amount). Otherwise individual messages are like $.50.

    Also, before you takeoff, make sure to turn off cellular data instead of after landing. I forgot to do it that way and it cost me $22.95 in data for 1.1MB because something was running in the background as I was disabling cellular data. I got AT&T to reverse the charge but the fact that they charge over $20 per MB is ridiculous!

    Unfortunately, I cannot help you with the call forwarding part of your question, so hopefully someone else can chime in. Goodluck!
     
  3. wordoflife thread starter macrumors 604

    wordoflife

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    Thanks for the information. Sounds good :) I'll be sure to turn off cellular data before leaving. But actually, I was thinking of keeping cellular data on and just keeping data roaming off.

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    I wonder if that would be okay too. Reason being, I'd still be able to receive MMS/Group messages. Actually, not sure about that.
     
  4. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

    Mlrollin91

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    It should be okay, but I am unsure how group chats and MMS would work. When traveling I avoided those at all cost. Just used my 50 messages here and there when needed.
     
  5. abecker macrumors member

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    Make sure if you setup forwarding that it does NOT ring your phone. You will get charged if it does.

    I would play it safe and keep it in airplane mode + enable wifi afterwards.
     
  6. Yptcn, Jul 7, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2014

    Yptcn macrumors 6502a

    Yptcn

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    Very odd , I travel a lot and the only thing that's off is Data when abroad . Well sometimes 3G ( I don't have 4G or LTE on my 5 bought in France )to save battery . I do take a 50 text message package . I wait to get WiFi to download emails .

    Never set up call forwarding and voicemail does not take messages when abroad so I don't panic who called . My message says ICE please send SMS .
     

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