Traveling internationally w/iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by SwiftLives, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. SwiftLives macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2001
    Charleston, SC
    My wife and I are going overseas for a few weeks this summer. We'd both like to take our iPhones...but not to make phone calls. Mainly just to play around with any wifi we may stumble across.

    In order not to get stuck with a phone bill equal to a doctor's salary, I just want to confirm that this is all I need to do:

    1) Turn Airplane Mode on.
    2) Turn Wifi back on.
    3) Turn push off.
    3) Turn data roaming off.

    In regards to texting - can we send and receive text messages while on wifi? Will the above settings prevent us from sending and receiving texts when on Edge/3G? I really don't want to pay 50¢ per text.
  2. Nicholas.C macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2008
    you can't send texts on wi-fi it's cellular signal you need.
  3. SwiftLives thread starter macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2001
    Charleston, SC
  4. zeeflyboy macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2009
    You could with one of the free texting apps as i believe they use the internet connection....

    Texts you receive (which should be via the cell network... this obviously won't work with airplane mode on! Then again i'm pretty sure airplane mode turns off wifi too) should be free anyway... or at least it's certainly free to receive international texts on O2.

    Turning off push is a bit redundant imo, since you have data roaming turned off anyway. Thus push would only work if you had wifi connection as I understand it, but by all means turn it off if it makes you feel more secure!

    It's only Making calls, receiving calls, Sending text messages and using data that will cost you while abroad.

    So if you are looking for a zero cost approach I would suggest you just turn off data roaming, (and push if you want, although i think it's redundant) and don't answer any calls, make any calls or send texts via anything other than free messaging apps when you have wifi connection.

    That should cover it imo
  5. STEVESKI07 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Washington, DC
    Seems to me like your best bet is to take out your SIM card. This way nothing is linked to your account and you will have no worries about anything. In a sense, your iPhone would become an iPod touch and you could still pick up WiFi. Am I wrong here? It seems like this is the easiest and most fail proof way of doing this?
  6. Nicholas.C macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2008
    Yes, just take your sim card out and you should be fine.. what above post said it'll be an ipod touch. Just with some more features.
  7. jeniferkey macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2008
    When I went, I turned off data roaming, had AT&T disable voice mail (they said they'd charge for a person leaving a message).
    I used texts instead of phone calls when needed (.50 was better than a dollar a minute). Receiving texts was free as a part of my standard plan.
    I also have truphone, so if I was in a wifi area, I would make calls back home. I left the phone on, and could see who was calling, if I felt I did need to answer a call. I also used the phone once for a local call. It was expensive, but I needed to make the call.
    Have fun.
  8. curly14 macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2009
    Went to Mexico :)) ) for a week and had data roaming turned off and used it to check email and what used about 27 mg which would of cost me some where around $500 but had AT&T add the data pkg for Int. and saved me a bundle. So I recommend getting data if you think you are going to use it.Better to be safe then sorry:(
  9. ronnyuk macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2009
    South West England
    Little tip here, if you go abroad with your phone don't forget that if people leave messages for you while abroad you will get charged the roaming rate to pick them up and you get charged for them leaving the message.

    To avoid this, turn Airplane mode on in your country of origin, then any msgs left are left in your normal country and cost you nothing, as soon as you connect to a roamed network that is it you are screwed for messaging.

    if you say turn you phone on for just 1 min you will connect to the roamed network, then say you turn it back to airplane mode for the remainder of the holiday you WILL be charged for left messages untill your phone picks up your home network on return, so perhaps when you return to your home country and forget to turn your phone on you will still be charged as if your abroad.

    I have a pay as you go sim to take abroad with me, then i do not get any stupid bills on my return.

    I never knew this till Martin Lewis on Radio2 said it last Friday lol.
  10. fedup flyer macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2008
    Not true.
    You can only get VM by one of 2 ways. Either by turning data roaming on or by calling the VM directly from the phone. With data turned off, the phone will let you know that you have VM waiting but not how many and you WILL NOT be charged just for the phone connecting to a tower in roam mode.
  11. Maverick713 macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2009
    Houston, TX
    I don't think thats accurate

    My boss can recieve and send texts from his ipod touch
  12. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    AT&T is actually really open and forward and helpful with this and have a website section dedicated to this. I highly recommend visiting it, also AT&T reps were helpful when I went into the store.
  13. netjack macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2008
    Wouldn't the simplest solution still be removing the sim card and negate the issue mentioned here?
  14. robanga macrumors 68000


    Aug 25, 2007
    Spend a $100 and get an international data plan. Cancel it upon your return. Just do it plenty early before your trip, because the carrier will prorate due to billing cycle and you do not want to roam when you are not officially covered.
  15. netjack macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2008
    i just want to turn my phone into an ipod. I'm thinking of just removing the sim card.
  16. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    I've travelled in France with my iPhone (on O2 UK). All I did was turn off data roaming and the only extra charges I got was for the two phone calls I made to my daughter back home. I didn't answer any incoming calls and didn't get charged for any text messages I received. The text messages I sent came out of my monthly allowance.

    My hotel and many bars and resturants had free wi-fi, so it didn't cost anything to get my email and for browsing the web. The total extra cost for the whole week was less than £2.00. :)

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