Just been listening to some horror stories on ABC 702 (related SMH story), and am about to google my arse off to find out how I should configure my iPhone before heading overseas later this year to avoid huge bills. Obviously turn off push notifications (which I have off anyway because I hatesssss the intrusion) and turn off roaming* and use local wireless wherever possible: but the problem here is that essentially that’s turning off huge swathes of the iPhone’s functionality. Are there better options?
I’m lucky – mr tog is currently contracting as a Business Analyst superstar for the telco that is my carrier, so we can probably end up getting the best deal possible there, also my iPhone was bought directly from Apple so it’s not locked to my carrier, which means I should be able to buy a PAYG SIM in Europe to use for the time that I’m there**. However, I’m curious as to what advice any seasoned travellers might be able to offer regarding the basics of keeping holiday phone bills down, and any useful articles online they can point me towards?
*Turning off roaming apparently doesn’t always work for some people with some iPhone model/operating-system combinations (eek!)
** My netbook has a SIM slot – what happens if I put my Oz SIM in there and use WiFi to check my voicemail/text messages etc?