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    Default Using iPhone on Caribbean Cruise

    I'm going on a cruise vacation in a couple days. I have AT&T as my service provider. The ship is scheduled to make stops in Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas.

    Will I be able to use my iPhone while on the ship and also in the two places we will be stoping?

    Also, how can I avoid being charged for Data and Roaming? I've heard of many stories where people get a huge bill after traveling.

    I will like to use my iPhone to take pictures and I will also use it as an alarm.

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    Default Re: Using iPhone on Caribbean Cruise

    If you are concerned about roaming charges, go to settings>cellular>roaming and select either no roaming, or voice only.(which ever one you want) good luck!
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    Default Re: Using iPhone on Caribbean Cruise

    The link below is an AT&T coverage map of North America and the Caribbean. It's a zoomable map.

    http://www.att.com/maps/edo/namer-carib.html
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    Default Re: Using iPhone on Caribbean Cruise

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    Default Re: Using iPhone on Caribbean Cruise

    Thanks for the replies guys. I won't have any need at all to make calls not send text messages.

    I hear there is wifi on the ship but very costly. I would like to check my email maybe once or twice while on the seven day vaca. But it is not a huge priority.


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    Default Re: Using iPhone on Caribbean Cruise

    If you mainly want to take pictures and use the alarm, put it in Airplane mode. Neither of those activities require wifi or cellular data. Then turn data on briefly to check email.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karenkcoulter View Post
    If you mainly want to take pictures and use the alarm, put it in Airplane mode. Neither of those activities require wifi or cellular data. Then turn data on briefly to check email.
    This is what I was planning on doing. Hopefully AT&T doesn't charge me too much when I do turn on data just to check my email.


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    Default Re: Using iPhone on Caribbean Cruise

    Quote Originally Posted by JM19 View Post
    This is what I was planning on doing. Hopefully AT&T doesn't charge me too much when I do turn on data just to check my email.


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    I think Karen made a great suggestion. It would be even better if the ship has free wifi for a limited time. Then you can use that to check email and/or send iMessages.

    I went to the Dominican Republic earlier in the year and the resort had free wifi for an hour a day. I used that to check email. I kept it on airplane mode the remainder of the time.

    Have fun on your vacation!


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    Default Using iPhone on Caribbean Cruise

    I typically subscribe to one of AT&T 's roaming data plans for overseas travel. It's a lot cheaper than paying overages and the convenience of not needing wifi always.


    120 MB Data Global Add-on package for $30/month

    300 MB Data Global Add-on package for $60/month

    800 MB Data Global Add-on package for $120/month

    Just another alternative to wifi availability.

    Enjoy your vacation.
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    Default Re: Using iPhone on Caribbean Cruise

    Thank you mzengr and charlyee for your replies. I will settle for putting my iPhone on airplane mode and using it for camera and alarm as I originally intended. Once on the ship I'll see what options I have as far as wifi or maybe using it while at port.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JM19 View Post
    Thank you mzengr and charlyee for your replies. I will settle for putting my iPhone on airplane mode and using it for camera and alarm as I originally intended. Once on the ship I'll see what options I have as far as wifi or maybe using it while at port.


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    Just turn Cellular and voice roaming off and stay on wifi. You can use iMessage, FaceTime and Facebook Messenger while on wifi. But without wifi, Airplane Mode at least gives you some options.
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    Back from cruise vacation. Kept my iPhone on airplane mode the entire time and turned on wifi when I ended to use it for emails and iMessage. Carnival offered 45 minutes of wifi for $29, so I went with that.

    Once we got close enough to land, around Virginia beach or so, everyone was outside on the top deck of the ship using their iPhones. Amazing how we've become so dependent on our smartphones. Even though I was on vaca I felt as though I needed to get my daily fix of news, twitter, and emails. Felt so disconnected from the world.


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    Turks and Caicos is nice, is it not? Beautiful place!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ledsteplin View Post
    Turks and Caicos is nice, is it not? Beautiful place!


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    Yes, it was. But the best was Half Moon Cay, Carnival's private island. Crystal clear water and beautiful fishes swimming beside you. It was just amazing.


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