Travelling with iPhone 4 to USA

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iluvifone, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. iluvifone macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2010
    I'm coming from Canada (Fido) to NYC for a trip. I have zero plans of using any voice/texts/data while I am on the trip. The only thing I am bringing the phone for, is Wifi while at the hotel and the 5MP camera.

    How can I disable my carriers features (voice/text/data) so i get no surprises whatsoever in my bill. None of this roaming crap or $5 million bills.

    Will enabling the Airplane Mode let me use wifi? Is it a foolproof method?

    Or can I simply leave my sim card at home, and use wifi/camera without a sim card present?
  2. nunes013 macrumors 65816


    May 24, 2010
    go into airplane mode, but then turn wifi on in the settings. this should make it foolproof as far as i know. i just dont know if your phone turns off if airplane mode will stay on or not.
  3. Fernandez21 macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2010
    Go to settings>network and turn off cellular data, roaming, and 3G. Then if you want to take it further activate airplane mode. At least if you turn off the other settings first, if then phone restarts or something you still shouldn't be connecting to cellular data.
  4. DirtySocks85 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2009
    Wichita, KS
    I'm pretty sure that what Fernandez21 said should cover it.

    Just in case, I'd also take a screenshot of them turned off. Granted, there's no way to prove that you didn't turn them back on, but at least if you get some freaky billing mix up you can send them that and say that you really did try to the best of your knowledge to avoid the situation. The EXIF data on the photo should have a time stamp too.
  5. g35 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2007
    Yup, if you a) turn off roaming data, 3g, and then cellular data and b) turn on airplane mode and finally if you really want to get nuts c) take out your sim card and keep it in your wallet. a and b should be plenty sim card removal is a little risky in case you need your phone for emergency situations. but it would give a very paranoid person some peace of mind.

    you'll be very safe against fees

    oh, another thing you could do is go to settings>general>restrictions and disable phone and text if those are options in that menu.
  6. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    If you pull the SIM card and leave it at home, then even a thief can't run up your phone bill.
  7. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Unless you're in airplane mode or remove your SIM, your phone will still ring if called, and you'll still receive txts, both of which can cause fees. Even if you don't answer a call if your phone rings, when it forwards them to voicemail, that will count as an call made from your phone.

    I visit Hong Kong for work twice a year and have incurred zero extra costs from my iPhone in airplane mode with wifi turned on.
  8. iluvifone thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2010
    Does using Google Maps or Tomtom/Navigon require an internet connection?
  9. r6girl Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Sep 6, 2003
    Google Maps requires an internet connection since it downloads all map data from the internet and stores nothing on the iPhone itself. TomTom, Navigon and other navigation apps *may* use data if you've enabled any live traffic, weather, or other in-app data features that go beyond just using the maps stored within the app itself.
  10. Fernandez21 macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2010
    Google maps won't work, but navigon and tom-tom should except for traffic, weather, and aGPS assistance, so it will take a coue of minutes for the gps to find you and probably won't work well indoors, under trees, or where there are alot of tall buildings.
  11. Merkie macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    Simply disabling roaming will to the trick. There's absolutely no need to go further. Disable data roaming and you will come to find out that data only works on your own cellular network.
  12. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    I've seen where you can disable roaming for data, but how do you disable roaming for text and voice?

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