Using iPhone abroad

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  1. abz1981, Mar 1, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2014

    abz1981 macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2011
    Hey all
    I am going to be going abroad soon and will be taking my iPhone. Now the place I am going to has GPRS access only and very limited wifi access.

    I plan limiting my data charges as much as I can. So this is what I am planning on doing. If you can think of anything else or suggest anything that be great.

    I plan on using whatsapp only for communicating with friends as I know whatsapp uses very less data unless I am sending images etc. I plan on switching off push notifications for my emails. Switching off fetch to manual. Going to be switching off all notifications apart from whatsapp. Plan on also making sure apps don't update on GPRS. As well as not use any apps that will require a data connection.

    So really what am saying is will only be using GPRS data for whatsapp only and anything else will use on wifi if I come across wifi access.

    I don't really want to bother switching to a local sim as I don't think I will get a nano sim. Plus and be bothered letting people know of an alternative foreign number. Also my carrier doesn't provide data plans for where I am travelling to.

    I will be charged at a rate or $10 per mb. So you can understand why I am wanting to use as much less data as I can. I know I can turn data roaming off and on. But rather like the ability to access data for whatsapp notification messages.

    Any other suggestions?
  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Sheesh:eek: ten bucks?

    You don't say where you're going, but you should be able to get a PAYG sim for you phone way cheaper than that..If you can't, then I guess your plan A is the only option, but that's extortion!
  3. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    If I were you I would limit my use solely to wifi and set roaming to off! You will burn through 1mb very very quickly.
  4. abz1981 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2011
    Am going to Africa continent. Yup it is expensive $10 per mb. I will try get a prepaid nano sim. But thanks for your input though.


    I have been told I should get wifi access. So think your right to be honest. I think I will also test whatsapp data usage on 3G while I am in my own country before I travel and see how much it uses up. But yeah think you got a point. Don't want my vacation ending up being an expensive vacation lol.
  5. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    At $10/mb, charges are going to add up really fast. I don't think people realize just how little 1 megabyte of data is.

    My mom is on my shared data plan and she rarely uses her phone, especially outside the house (where it's on WiFi) and she's still somehow managed to use 32 MB this billing period - which isn't even over yet.
  6. jamesjingyi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2011
    Is your phone unlocked? If so, just get a SIM card there and stick it in...
  7. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    At $10 a mb I think it's definitely worth it to get a local sim. If you can't get a nano size you can get a larger size sim and cut it down using a sim cutting tool.
  8. 869639 macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2014
    Why don't you just get 1 month of T-Mobile $50 plan if you can't get local SIM in africa?

    I would highly advise against roaming with any other carrier because @ $10/mb as others have said, you will burn through it soo quickly without noticing and then be disappointed later with a mountainous high bill.

    Do one of the two:
    - Get the $50 T-Mobile Plan with 500MB 4G Data [It will allow you to roam internationally with Unlimited 2G/EDGE or GPRS [if Edge not available] + Unlimited texting too 100+ countries and calling only $0.20/minute!....knowing its only $50 is a lot more assuring than $10/1mb...

    - Get a local sim card in africa but it may be more difficult as you are tourist [unless you have family or friends who can give in their local ID as some carriers require local valid ID for verification purposes]
  9. patt2k macrumors regular

    Dec 31, 2012

    You don't want to get local sim card because of nano sim.

    Ok, buy a micro sim buy a sim card cutter for 5$ and save hunders of dollars? come on man :D 2 days ago I cut 2 red pocket sims and they work just fine just to test out sim unlock on vzw 5s.
  10. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    For that price either decide to just enjoy where you are and not worry about using your phone or get a local sim card. Even if they don't have the nano sim they can cut a larger sim down for you. But if you use data roaming at $10 MB you'll likely end up with $1000 or higher bill.
  11. abz1981 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2011
    Hi all

    Thanks for all your replies and input. I have my iPhone unlocked by my carrier. So will just try and obtain a local prepay sim if I can. I will see what the wifi situation is like there first though. N just have data roaming turned off. Someone told me you can still get a data connection if data roaming is still off that sometimes it isn't always reliable. Is that true. Or does data roaming does what it actually says and cuts all data connection unless you use wifi? Also reg whatsapp. If I use a diff local sim. On whatsapp will I have to register my new foreign number with it. Or should I still be able to use whatsapp with my regular number showing but will be using a foreign number?
  12. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    Turning off data roaming will only allow your phone to use cellular data on the network that the sim card in it is for. So if you don't buy a local sim and have data roaming turned off you will only be able to access the internet over wifi as your cell carrier won't have towers there. If data roaming is off and you buy a local sim then you'll still get data through that sim.
  13. nanocustoms macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    FaceTime is your friend when wifi is available.

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