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1. Posted by Frey201 (Budding Member 69 posts) 5y

Hi everyone,

As my flight date draws closer I still find myself with the dilema of whether to take my iphone with me or not. I really feel it would come in very useful but i am afraid I get stung with a massive bill! Ive been abroad a couple of times and the bills for when ive been away have been very expensive considering I hardly used it.

Im going to be in SE Asia for 4-5 months then Australia and New Zealand and possibly back through South America. Does anyone have any advice on this? Ive heard you can buy sim cards for the countries you go to but not sure this would apply with the iphone using a micro sim?

Cheers,

Martin

2. Posted by benl (Budding Member 9 posts) 5y

If you're not making any calls, just put the phone into Airplane Mode. This will stop you making/receive calls and using 3G, but you can still use your apps and wifi.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 5y

As long as data roaming is switched off you shouldn't run up any massive bills, but you will obviously still pay roaming fees for any texts you send and calls you send or receive.

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 5y

I say get yourself a local SIM - should definitely be possible and considering you're there for a while it will be well worth it!

5. Posted by trentb (Budding Member 14 posts) 5y

You could get a SIM card for it in each country - but it depends if your phone is locked to your carrier or not. If its locked - you have two options which are to jailbreak it or pay a fee to get it unlocked by your carrier.

I would ask myself - do I need this phone when I'm travelling? If you need to talk to people back home the internet is a wonderful invention - facebook/skype/twitter all help you communicate to those back home. I would ditch the phone if you really weren't going to use it.

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 5y

Quoting trentb

I would ask myself - do I need this phone when I'm travelling? If you need to talk to people back home the internet is a wonderful invention - facebook/skype/twitter all help you communicate to those back home. I would ditch the phone if you really weren't going to use it.

These are all things that are handier and more securely done with your own smart-phone if you have one on you ;) Even if you just use your phone to hop onto a free wifi connection, there are a lot of advantages to doing things that way rather than having to find internet caf├ęs everywhere and do all your browsing / chatting with someone else looking over your shoulder.

7. Posted by trentb (Budding Member 14 posts) 5y

Of course it makes it a bit easier with your own device, not doubting that. I have travelled with and without them. But I've never found a hostel that hasn't had a few computers or a nearby net cafe where you can shoot off a few emails. There always calling cards. There are always options.

I guess its all down to personally choice. I prefer not to - I would get distracted and I'd find I'd waste time sitting on it trying to get onto whatever. I'm there to see the country not try to talk to people back home. So I prefer not to.

8. Posted by trentb (Budding Member 14 posts) 5y

And if you were going to use it solely for skype/facebook - I would probaby suggest a small netbook computer to do that with.

9. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 5y

Seems to me a phone's less to lug around than a netbook. It could also be a life saver with maps / travel guide / conversion tools / translation apps all built in. And depending on how fussed you are about the quality of your photos, you could probably leave your camera behind too. So it could save a lot of space too.

Agreed, you don't want it stopping you from enjoying what's right in front of you though!

10. Posted by trentb (Budding Member 14 posts) 5y

Yeah - it probably is. But if you are fussed with the quality of the photos then you'll be having to find a net cafe/computer to upload them onto a hard drive/flickr/facebook etc. Or you'll have to keep buying memory cards.

Plus typing's probably a tad easier on a netbook (but I come from a non smart phone background and hate touch screens).