Just wanted some opinions on whether or not people recommend taking iPhones overseas. If the answer is yes, how do you make sure that it's safe when you carry it around with you? would you keep it in a money belt?
Would really appreciate some advice
personally I always take my iphone while travelling because it makes everything so much more convenient. I use the TripIt app to schedule my travel itinerary, different dictionaries or even offline navigation apps whenever I get lost.
In my opinion the safest place is to always carry it with you. I put it in my jeans front pocket. It doesn´t has much room without being too uncomfortable, so I would notice it if someone tried to pull it out.
And in the unlikely case your iphone might get stollen after all, you can still track it or block it by using Apples "my Iphone" site/app.
Another piece of advice concerning theft: in touristic places you often see signs warning you about being careful about your valuables. Many people instinctively put a hand on the place where they carry their valuables. Try refraining from doing that, because thieves often use that as a tell-tale.
I'd take it as well. You can always worry about it being stolen but in my experience there is nearly equal chance of that happening at home too and I have it with me all the time there Plus, if it means you don't have to carry a laptop or iPad, considerably larger items which you wion't be able to have on your person nearly as much as a phone, then it actually cuts back on risk...
Take it! If not for anything else, for the GPS feature.
definitely take the iphone!
i took mine to North america in december and instead of taking a camera i would just use my iphone. however, unless youre very clumsy person that loses things regularly, maybe dont take it out to nightclubs. you could end up not knowing what happened and losing the iphone on the way. ive had friends thats happened to too many times.
I'd say in depends where you are going.
Keep in mind that if you have "roaming" charges, especially in different states or different countries, those data download charges are going to add up quick, quick, quick
Another question has to do with how often you will be contacting your work or them you if you take the phone. Some people say they have to do this--others consider this a major intrusion. I took my phone with me a few years ago for my Christmas vacation and had a pushy boss. As a result, I ended up working 5 hours on it on Christmas eve while everyone else was waiting for me to join them for Christmas dinner. (Won't do that again--and no I don't work for that person anymore).
Also--do you need to phone--or do you really want a vacation? I use my phone all the time on workdays, but try to limit my time on weekends. Otherwise I spend more time with the technology than with my family. (as you can see I have that problem sometimes with web sites also--or else I would't be on here at 1:20 AM local time on a Friday night).
Anyway, just a few things to consider.
[ Edit: Edited on 12-May-2012, at 01:21 by Calcruzer ]
It would be the best if you take it with you..
I know that you worry about the safety on it but tagging along with your phone is really convenient..
Just make sure you always keep your eyes on it when your in a crowded area..
take it with you , if your going over seas just unlocked it. its very easy to do... if you haven't upgraded firmware and have 5.0.1 your in better shape
download a program called redsn0w(yes thats a zero)
go find your phones firmware(settings,general,about).. go to clarified.com or you will know when u see it.. google iPhone4 firmware
down load it.. 1gb almost
install redsn0w, once you get the hang of it, search for ultra snow
in redsnow search retype in the repo.666...... address for package installed. it will download ultrasnow, just install it and youtube the rest...
the best is the iPhone 3gs... unteathered and unlocked very fast......
then when in the country you need to be just get a prepaid sim card.. good to go..
[ Edit: Edited on 18-May-2012, at 10:51 by flir67 ]
I always take mine.. mainly because I love being able to email or whatsapp photos home to friends and family. Lots of places have free wifi so you can dodge those extortionate roaming charges fairly easily. If you can download maps and view them offline, that's also really handy. We recently did that with an NY subway map and found it invaluable for planning routes on the fly.
Be aware that those of you who decide to take Flir67's advice above concerning the downloading of redsn0w to an Apple iPhone do so with the risk of violating your Apple warranty. Redsn0w is a type of "jailbreaking" software and is unsupported (actually discouraged) by Apple Corporation.
I do understand the allure of jailbreaking, however, and the arguments on both sides of doing it or not doing it.
For more on jailbreaking software, see one of the following two websites: