YOURLifeChoices subscriber Trish told us that a friend recently travelled overseas and returned home to a $1600 phone bill due to problems she encountered with data roaming. Her friend thought that she’d done all the right things to her iPhone to prevent these extra charges. Trish wants to warn others of this risk and find out how to avoid it.
One of the best and most important precautions when heading overseas is to turn off your data roaming. To do this on your iPhone you need to:
• Select the “Settings” icon on your homescreen
• Select “General”
• Select “Network”
• Slide the “Data Roaming” option to OFF.
This will ensure that your phone cannot connect to any 3G data networks while you are away. In addition to this, it is always a good idea to visit the local store of your service provider before leaving on your trip. They will be able to assist you in taking any extra precautions.
When you’re overseas and need to get online via your phone you can use the phone’s Wi-Fi connection. You’ll often find that cafés and even McDonald’s offer free Wi-Fi so grab a coffee or a cheeseburger and check your emails, Facebook, etc.
If you think that you’ll need more consistent internet access on your trip you should consider an international data package. These are available through most phone network providers. It is important to sign up for this before you leave on your trip. Make sure you read all the terms and conditions on these plans before signing up.
What do you do to avoid astronomical phone bills after an overseas trip? Can you share any other tips?
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