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iPhone Help in PDC - how to turn off data?

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iPhone Help in PDC - how to turn off data?

I am an iPhone neophyte and am getting ready to head to PDC in 5 weeks. With my Verizon Blackberry, I simply added the international data plan and I was all set. Now I'm with Sprint and I have to pay by the kb. I've searched google and played with my phone and I see several settings, but I'm not sure which one to choose. I want to use the wifi at the resort and possibly have my phone work for emergency incoming calls from the US.

Any help with these options:

Airplane Mode - I don't think this allows WiFi

Data Roaming - My phone is defaulted to off and I think that should keep me from incurring data charges in Mexico, right?

Voice Roaming - keep on?

Cellular Data - this is the one that has me confused.

If I leave Cellular Data and Voice Roaming ON, but turn Data roaming OFF, would I be able to make/receive calls and texts but not incur data charges?

Thanks for the help - I don't want to come home to a huge cell phone bill!!!!!

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1. Re: iPhone Help in PDC - how to turn off data?

Hi Hangdog. My Data roaming is always off (even at home). Voice is always on (even while on vacation). I've never come home to any bill larger than usual. My plan (I'm in Canada) allows incoming txt for free regardless of where I am in the world. To send a txt from outside of the country it costs $0.75. I hope this helps. Have a great trip. :-)

Oh and I can't remember ever turning cellular data off.

Edited: 10 March 2012, 11:55
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2. Re: iPhone Help in PDC - how to turn off data?

Believe it or not, one can live beautifully without a phone while on vacation. i've tried it!!

as for emergencies, just leave hotel info w/ ppl you're leaving behind.

if you must use a computer, just ask front desk ( around $6 per 15 mins).

If you need to make calls, get a local calling card .

This way, you eliminate stress and the likelihood of a shocking bill.

Happy, worry-free vacation

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3. Re: iPhone Help in PDC - how to turn off data?

You are correct turn on airplane

mode then turn on wifi. This prevents any connection to a cell network.

You should always see the airplane icon on top left and not a carrier name

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4. Re: iPhone Help in PDC - how to turn off data?

Believe or not, I have never used my phone on holiday. I do however use the Internet, iPod etc.... My husband on the otherhand is a business owner and even on holiday needs to be in touch with the office. The poster asked about phone features and I just gave him an answer :-). Even on holiday some people may still have to be in contact with work or family. IMO there is nothing wrong with being able to do it from anywhere with wifi vs couped up in a little room off the hotel lobby. But each there own I guess :-)

Edited: 10 March 2012, 15:43
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5. Re: iPhone Help in PDC - how to turn off data?

We had free wifi at resort and I used iPhone to email pictures back home check the news. Review places in cancun. Confirm my flights etc lots of useful things to do. And take pictures. Video etc when did not have camera with me.

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6. Re: iPhone Help in PDC - how to turn off data?

Turn off Data Roaming

-Tap the Settings app on your homescreen

-Tap General

-Tap Network

-Slide the Data Roaming slider to Off.

Turn off All Cellular Data and Only Use Wi-Fi

-Tap the Settings apps

-Tap General

-Tap Network

-Slide Cellular Data to “Off”.

Source: triphackr.com/guide-to-using-a-cellphone-abr…

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7. Re: iPhone Help in PDC - how to turn off data?

you want airpane mode off...if u have it on you WILL NOT be able to receive or make calls....

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8. Re: iPhone Help in PDC - how to turn off data?

When I travel I switch my iPhone to airplane mode. This prevents any roaming charges. Once in airplane mode I turn wifi on. This allows me to send/receive imessages and allows me to us Internet.

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9. Re: iPhone Help in PDC - how to turn off data?

Turn location services off as well. There were reports not long back of some versions of Apple Ois using data for location even though roaming was off.

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10. Re: iPhone Help in PDC - how to turn off data?

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Edited: 11 March 2012, 14:29