Travelling international with your iPhone with you can really be useful & relaxing. But many people may soon realize its downside upon returning home and receiving their latest bill that went to the ceiling.
Domestic plans that have been marketed provides unlimited use of data or are charged cheaply that few people are bothered by their bill on the amount of data they send and receive.
International roaming calling rates can really hurt your budget, and the kilobytes of data usage while abroad will definitely deliver the hardest blow. The iPhone is the great gadget , useful and fun but can turn into a nightmare if you do not know how to control its use during travel.
So here are a few simple steps that you need to avoid getting that monstrous bill :
You have to learn that you have a number of options on how change setting related to international calling and data.
The first is the easiest. Take the iPhone into Flight mode. This will ofcourse completely shut-off making and receiving of all calls, email or text rendering iyour pHone almost useless.
The second allows you to be more selective.
Go to “Settings,” then “General” and then “Network.”
The shut off “Data Roaming”. This shuts down the use high-priced data but you can still make phone calls.
Then, in your e-mail settings, turn off “Fetch” option. This turns off automatic download e-mail.
Do this under “Settings,” then “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” and “Fetch New Data.”
For the international calls and checking of emails, there are a couple of add-on plans or international data plan marketed by your respective networks. This effectively brings down the cost of making or receiving calls while abroad.
Be informed that incoming calls that go to voice mail are charged. And “Visual Voicemail” charges you double since it uses data to deliver the messages while also charging you international airtime for the duration of your friend’s message.
Before using your iPhone in another country, you should also reset your usage statistics so you can track how close you are to your limit. Go to “Settings,” then “General” and “Usage.” The reset option is at the bottom. Also on the same page, there is a listing for “Cellular Network Data.” You have to monitor this also.
Also, there are plenty places out there with wireless Internet access you can use. Just establish a connection with the network, use Skype or another Internet phone service for all voice calls and use the wireless network to surf the Web and check e-mail.
Happy travelling to all!