We have heard a lot of horror stories about people taking their beloved iphone abroad and on return being hit with huge phone bills due to data usage whilst on holiday. In one extreme example someone on a standard £35 contract received a monthly bill of over £1000! Thankfully it is very easy to avoid these excessive charges.
When travelling abroad you must consider what you are going to need? Will you need your phone to text or make calls? Or will you just be using your iphone for music? If you only want it for music the easiest thing you can do is switch your phone to airplane mode.
All you need to do is go to general settings and then switch on airplane mode (pictured below); you will not be able to make or receive calls but if you want to just switch it back off. However, if you need the iphone to take calls this is not the solution for you. Read on below.
If you want to take and make calls make sure you leave airplane mode switched off just use calls sparingly as you would any other phone. However, one thing that you will want to change is the roaming settings. As a default these are already switched off but it is well worth checking before you leave.
To check go to settings –> general settings –> Network and then make sure data roaming is switched off (see picture below). This will mean you will not have access to the internet or interactive services unless you are near a wireless network which in many cases is free 🙂
Of course if you need to use your iphone abroad including data there are other options available. For example o2 offer 50mb bolt ons for £50 which is much cheaper than if did not have it. AT &T also has similar options available.