1. KLT's Avatar
    Hey Everyone! Question...

    I'm looking to travel to London and Paris in the near future with the ole iphone... Only for a bout a week or so... I was thinking since I only want to use the phone for emailing and browsing the web, could I just put the phone in airplane mode and use Wifi instead of getting an expensive plan via ATT?

    Are there any Cons (money wise) if I were to go this route? Not looking to make phone calls or anything.
    10-01-2009 05:11 PM
  2. Alli's Avatar
    Yes you can do this. Definitely put it in airplane mode, and don't take it off. (Even vvm can cost you a small fortune!)
    10-01-2009 05:42 PM
  3. dawggg63's Avatar
    Wouldn't turning off data roaming have the same effect of avoiding data usage charges. I'm going to Canada next week, and would like to make calls (I can handle the $0.40/min fees), but want to avoid the surprise data charges. The plan is to keep the data roaming off, but access data through wifi, and leave the phone avaiable for call (ie. no Airplane Mode). Does this sound right? Rogers says it is, but...
    10-02-2009 08:29 AM
  4. Brickman's Avatar
    Turn Data Roaming "off" and be sure that "Push" is turned "off". I would also keep in Airplane Mode when I did not have to make/take a call just in case I got a text message.

    When I recently traveled to the Bahamas that is what I did. Actually I kept it in Airplane Mode most of the time and just used WiFi for Data. that way I could still use Skype for calls and Gtalk for IM.
    10-02-2009 09:08 AM
  5. Alli's Avatar
    Again, even something simple like visual voicemail will wind up costing you as it actually requires two connections to get it to your phone. Unless there is an emergency requiring a phone call, leave it in airplane mode. Switch your voicemail to YouMail so that you can check voicemail via a WiFi data connection while you're gone.
    10-02-2009 09:27 AM
  6. obee1's Avatar
    I don't use airplane mode very often, so maybe I'm wrong here, but doesn't airplane mode shut off wi-fi too?
    10-03-2009 02:46 AM
  7. hobanma's Avatar
    Does anyone else think that it stinks that the rates are so high? You go overseas where you are most likely to need the features of your $300 device but you can't afford to use them.


    10-03-2009 07:53 AM
  8. Alli's Avatar
    Airplane mode does shut WiFi, but you can then turn (only) WiFi back on.
    10-03-2009 09:17 AM
  9. duhneiz's Avatar
    recieving text while roaming comes out of ur bundled feature
    so say you have unlimited messaging... u will have unlimited recieving of messages while there... it would just cost u .50 per message to send them out...

    i would just turn of data roaming... if u plan on making calls...
    but putting it in airplane mode will turn it all off... so if u dont plan on making any calls whatsoever then thatwould be the best option to avoid any charges
    10-03-2009 09:20 AM
  10. flyingember's Avatar
    Receiving text messages internationally is an addin feature. It's not included in the domestic text message plan

    call ATT with any plan questions to get your account specific answers
    10-03-2009 11:56 AM
  11. duhneiz's Avatar
    whenever u add any intl voice feature if it be standard roaming or the world travelers... then data capability comes with it automatically...

    its not an addin feature

    Sending Text, Picture, and Video Messages When Outside the U.S.
    Text Messages $0.50 per message sent
    Picture and Video Messages $1.30 per message sent
    Home pay-per-use or package rates apply to all text, picture, or video messages received when roaming internationally. See your Rate Plan Brochure for details.

    from this link

    Wireless International Rates | Wireless from AT&T, formerly Cingular
    10-03-2009 12:01 PM
  12. hobanma's Avatar
    Don't forget that messages to a distribution list or multiple numbers will incur the charge for each recipient. Send a text to 10 people at it will cost $5.00.

    10-03-2009 04:03 PM
  13. johnsmith27007's Avatar
    To travel to europe with iPhone you can just rent european iphone before your trip, migrate all data from your iphone to the rented one and travel with the rented iphone.
    The benefits of rented iPhone are that you use local voice rates and 3G data is absolutely free, like you have it in the USA.

    Just use iPhone in Europe like you do it in the USA. I just want to mention it, because most of the people here think that the only option is to unlock iPhone. Search for rent iphone in google.
    11-22-2009 11:37 AM
  14. flyingember's Avatar
    Receiving costs more money. And how much depends on the country. For anyone who likes Verizon more they have no addon feature so it costs more It's a premium per text always

    I'm asking our corporate ATT rep about visual voice mail and data roaming
    11-22-2009 04:56 PM
  15. johnsmith27007's Avatar
    Well, I've checked a website of some iPhone rental company. They sell voice packages, so you can have a package with pre-paid incoming and outgoing calls. Texts are also included. It's very useful, as you know the exact price you will pay for the usage abroad. And the data is unlimited....
    11-26-2009 09:31 AM
  16. Greg Orlando's Avatar
    You should contact with your network operator. I think this will be the ultimate solution.
    11-26-2009 01:03 PM
  17. longshadows's Avatar
    If you have an unlocked iPhone, has anyone had experience with buying a short-term, pre-paid cellular account w/SIM from a European provider? Before my iPhone life, I had an unlocked Nokia phone and traveled to Ireland. Vodafone offered a pre-paid with SIM for about $25, which included 50 minutes and a local (Irish) phone number. (Talk about customer service, the Irish Vodafone CSR even faxed a long instruction sheet on how to configure my phone model for their network to my hotel and actually called me back a couple of hours later to ask if I had any questions!! ) Anyway, I had the same experience a few years later in France. Now, that was just phone calls and no data plans involved. So, I"m wondering what's possible and manageable these days, with an unlocked iPhone.
    03-13-2010 08:12 AM
  18. matthew23's Avatar
    Hey all...I just wanted to chime in on this. I am traveling to Europe (Ireland, Croatia and Italy) next week. I want to bring my iPhone 4 to use in wifi hotspots, hotel wifi, etc. I mainly want to bring the iPhone to use the nifty camera rather than bring a separate one. I also want to use it to check emails, Facebook, etc.

    Am I correct that if I put it in airplane mode And keep item there em wqhole trip I shouldn't get any roaming charges? I do not need to make calls and have Skype account if I need to thru wifi. Is there anyway my phone could come out of airplane mode? Does visual voicemail work over wifi without the phone function on?

    Also, anyone know if wifi hotspots (free) are easy to find in Dublin and Rome?

    Thanks for any advice!!
    07-11-2010 09:21 PM
  19. matthew23's Avatar
    Ps anyone have any advice on cool things to see in Dublin and Rome?
    07-11-2010 09:23 PM
  20. Fausty82's Avatar
    Ps anyone have any advice on cool things to see in Dublin and Rome?
    We were in Ireland several years ago... Dublin is great... lots of history and beauty there...

    You should definitely check out:

    • The Book of Kells at Trinity University
    • Christ Church Cathedral
    • Phoenix Park and the Uachtarain (the Irish "white house") which was the inspiration for the US White House in Washington DC
    • Dublin Castle
    • Dublinia - a series of exhibits that depict Dublin in midieval times
    • St Patrick's Cathedral
    • Guinness Tour
    • Old Jameson Distillery
    • Irish Museum of Modern Art
    • The Dublin Writer's Museum
    • James Joyce Center
    • There are also a lot of tours - walking, motorcoach, horse-drawn coach, etc.

    Ireland is a beautiful country, and Dublin is a great place. Most of Ireland is comprised of small villages, and Dublin is the largest and most cultured city... and as much as we enjoyed Dublin, we also loved the small town, countryside, etc. If you can get out to the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry and the Rock of Cashel, I highly recommend going - you won't be sorry.

    But I've never been to Italy (yet).

    Apologies for hijacking the thread - but Matthew asked, and I got carried away
    Last edited by Fausty82; 07-11-2010 at 09:41 PM.
    07-11-2010 09:38 PM
  21. Alli's Avatar
    And back to the other question, yes. As long as you put it in airplane mode and then turn on WiFi, you won't get any roaming charges.
    07-11-2010 09:53 PM
  22. pendragyn's Avatar
    What is the Cellular Data on/off setting for?
    07-11-2010 10:48 PM
  23. Alli's Avatar
    Cellular data is the data that comes from your cell carrier...and if you're roaming from your carrier's roaming partner - which can be really expensive.
    07-11-2010 11:00 PM
  24. suasex's Avatar
    just got back from a month in europe. I managed 49.6 of the 50 I bought before I left. was painful, but all I used it for was maps really. I did get screwed with texting though, not looking forward to that bill!
    07-11-2010 11:27 PM
  25. pendragyn's Avatar
    Cellular data is the data that comes from your cell carrier...and if you're roaming from your carrier's roaming partner - which can be really expensive.
    So should you turn off Cellular Data and turn it on airplane mode to be safe?
    07-12-2010 06:49 AM
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