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iPhone Travel Tips

iPhone Travel Tips

Every time I travel to another country, I always turn my iPhone off because I know all about the international roaming horror stories. As much as I like to avoid crazy phone bills at any cost (no pun intended!), my solution isn't practical since there are times I do need to use my phone. Thankfully, UK's CheapFlights has tackled this conundrum by offering advice for iPhone owners when they travel. CheapFlights says:

  • Use WiFi rather than cellular data — this will potentially save you tons of money, as data roaming is still quite expensive.
  • Turn off automatic updates — again, the idea is not to use 3G data. To do this, go to “Settings” then “Fetch New Data” and switch off “Push.” Then change “Fetch” to “Manually.”
  • Check your network provider’s prices — make sure to check how much your operator will charge for using data when abroad. Although we advise you to use WiFi over 3G, sometimes you may need to connect to the Internet urgently, and knowing how much that costs can’t harm you.

You can check out the entire list here. And for more iPhone tips and tricks, have a peek at our helpful suggestions!


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aylee aylee 8 years
I did turn off automatic updates too
aylee aylee 8 years
I just traveled recently and I used the Airplane Mode on my phone to avoid accidental data usage. Switching to plane mode automatically switches off Wi-Fi so all you need to do is go to Setting and switch Wi-Fi on. Using plane mode makes it easy for me to switch to cellular service, just in case I need to check my texts (in case of emergencies back home).
Segat1 Segat1 8 years
diertac knows her stuff!!!
SB-Marilyn SB-Marilyn 8 years
diertac that is a fantastic suggestion! I don't think the article was saying to turn off your phone altogether just all the data pushing and 3G stuff. I really like your plan though as it ensures that there is no accidental data usage. :-)
diertac diertac 8 years
And to add one other thing, without the SIM card I can use Skype or other VOIP services as long as I'm staying somewhere with a WiFi hotspot, or can find an Internet cafe that will give me access to their WiFi, which we've done several times.
diertac diertac 8 years
You just turn it off? No, never! To avoid roaming charges, I simply take a paperclip and remove my iPhone SIM card from its home at the top of the phone. I put it into one of my many camera digital card holders as we load onto a plane, and leave it there until we come home. I spend the rest of the trip looking for free WiFi hotspots. Without the SIM card, I won't incur roaming charges, and the WiFi works. I frequently find our hotels include wireless, and my iPhone hooks up to wireless just as easily with the SIM card as without. I even learned the proper number to call for France's 911 system when my husband got incredibly sick on our trip to Provence thanks to my iPhone, minus its trusty SIM card. I'd NEVER turn off my iPhone in a foreign country.
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