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#1 Jellybean 3

Posted 22 May 2019 - 10:49 AM

We are travelling to US in July and I want to know how I can use my iPhone but avoid massive costs. When we went to NZ last year I was unprepared and as soon as i turned my phone on in the airport it I was slugged $50 and it continued every day until I realised and had to turn off for the rest of the trip! Is there are way around this please? I think it’s an iPhone 7 or 8 and I am on a plan for calls and internet I’m Aus. Thanks

#2 klr75

Posted 22 May 2019 - 10:53 AM

turn off your data, and only use your phone to make calls send text when you have WiFi access.

#3 nom_de_plume

Posted 22 May 2019 - 10:57 AM

Speak to your carrier for specific details but I was told to change some network settings.

On an iPhone it’s Settings > Cellular

Slide Cellular Data to Off.

Under Cellular Data Options slide Data Roaming to Off.

Under Network Selection slide Automatic to Off.

You can then just use wifi (which is almost everywhere in the US).

#4 Poughkeepsie

Posted 22 May 2019 - 11:15 AM

I took my Australian SIM card out and turned mobile data off just in case. Then we bought a US SIM card for about $40 (I think?) from T-Mobile for the duration of our trip. We didn’t use all the included data/calls, it was more for maps and texts.
Most of the time we used free wifi wherever we went

#5 molinero

Posted 22 May 2019 - 11:27 AM

if you are planning to use it for navigation, you can download the maps.me app which gives you offline access to better maps than google has. Less data

#6 ~Bob~

Posted 22 May 2019 - 11:56 AM

View PostPoughkeepsie, on 22 May 2019 - 11:15 AM, said:

I took my Australian SIM card out and turned mobile data off just in case. Then we bought a US SIM card for about $40 (I think?) from T-Mobile for the duration of our trip. We didn’t use all the included data/calls, it was more for maps and texts.
Most of the time we used free wifi wherever we went

I did the same, but I pre-bought my SIM card so that I could step off the plane and use it.

#7 tiggy2

Posted 22 May 2019 - 12:12 PM

I pre bought a sim from simcorner, so I knew my US number before we went.
As per PP if you want to navigate download the bits of google maps you need.
IME most hotels have free wifi.

#8 dadwasathome

Posted 22 May 2019 - 01:10 PM

We have just picked up SIMs from an at&t store the day we arrive, although the last couple of trips I’ve organised a day or two roaming from home at the beginning.

Simcorner is a good option if you want a US number from the time you arrive.

#9 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 22 May 2019 - 01:16 PM

View Posttiggy2, on 22 May 2019 - 12:12 PM, said:

I pre bought a sim from simcorner, so I knew my US number before we went.
As per PP if you want to navigate download the bits of google maps you need.
IME most hotels have free wifi.

We also prepurchase a US SIM. I dislike using free wifi.


#10 can'tstayaway

Posted 22 May 2019 - 04:20 PM

I’m with Telstra and can select an international day pass option for $10/day which includes unlimited calls, texts and 200MB of data. I can top up data as required too.

I prefer this so I can keep my number for calls. DH has used a prepaid sim for data.

#11 FloralArrangement

Posted 22 May 2019 - 04:48 PM

Vodafone I paid a $5 per 24 hours roaming charge if I used phone for calls/messages. I tended to use wifi so didn’t end up costing me much in the end $ 50 for 3 weeks in Canada. Dh and younger kids were still at home so it was good to have. Info on your Vodafone app.

#12 2bundles

Posted 22 May 2019 - 05:46 PM

We just turn data off and pay the roaming for quick calls or texts. We don’t use it much. Just to find each other etc. can use WiFi calling or what’s app/FaceTime etc when on WiFi.

I can’t be bothered with buying sims and giving out the number etc. I’ve prebooked everything with my Aus number, so I prefer it to work!




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