This is why you should always switch your phone to flight mode

A passenger learnt the hard way why you should always switch your phone to flight mode.

Why you should use flight mode

That announcement you hear when you’re seated and belted up on board before take-off may have more benefits than just your safety.

That’s what one unsuspecting passenger learnt when he returned from a holiday to a massive mobile phone bill.

He’d packed his phone away in the overhead compartment, forgetting to either switch it off or turn on aeroplane mode, and was hit by hefty roaming charges, The Sun reports.

He learnt the hard way that if you don’t switch to aeroplane mode, your phone may automatically connect to the aircraft’s antenna which, in turn, connects to roaming networks, often via satellite, which is much more expensive than land-based networks. It also automatically downloaded data that took him beyond his international roaming plan.

The unnamed passenger hence came home to $400 in roaming charges.

While not all airlines allow devices to automatically connect to the plane’s in-flight roaming network without them opting in, some do, as was the case on this Aer Lingus plane.

The same thing can happen to you at sea. If you’re cruising and don’t need your phone, you’re best to switch to aeroplane mode, or risk copping huge roaming fees from connecting to a ship’s mobile network, which is also operated via satellite.

Have you ever returned to a massive phone bill for connections and data you were unaware of making or using? Do you always switch your phone to aeroplane mode when flying or cruising?

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    15th Dec 2018
    10:40am
    I just turn my phone off when flying.
    Chat
    15th Dec 2018
    10:58am
    So do I Noodles, and I get quite agitated seeing so many people continuing to use their phones, sending and reading text messages and phoning people, after they have been asked to turn them off -- or change to flight mode.
    I think it has to be decided if there is a real danger to other passengers if someone uses their phone after being asked to turn it off. If that is the case it should be much better "policed" by the flight attendants but if there is no real danger perhaps the message should not be announced.
    If people continue to use their phones after being asked not to then they can only blame themselves if they get a huge bill.
    Karl Marx
    15th Dec 2018
    12:48pm
    I turn off my roaming function no nasty surprises, actually I never have it turned on. I always use flight mode. one of the first things I do when in the air is change my sim to the country I'm flying to so it's all set up on landing.
    justme
    15th Dec 2018
    1:16pm
    I do what they ask and turn my phone off; but the number I have seen left on over the years makes me wonder if they are a threat to safety they would install signal blockers.
    But who would know?
    Mamashaz
    15th Dec 2018
    7:34pm
    I do turn it to aeroplane mode, but I have a prepaid plan, so roaming doesn't work overseas or on a cruise anyway


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