Can I just use WiFi overseas?

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gstager

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Hi,

I'm traveling overseas in a few days and don't wish to pay for international roaming, but do wish to use my iPhone when WiFi is available.

How can I be sure that the cellular network is NOT connecting me to the Internet? Is there a way to turn it off or to favor WiFi?

Many thanks,

Gary
 
Aug 3, 2007
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I'm pretty sure you just turn on Airplane mode and leave it on. Unless you want to use the internet and email, but not the phone, I think you need to call AT&T.

Just for the record, where are you going?
 

gstager

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need WiFi, but don't want roaming charges

Yes, I wish to use the WiFi, not just iPod.

Heading to eastern Europe.

-=Gary

I'm pretty sure you just turn on Airplane mode and leave it on. Unless you want to use the internet and email, but not the phone, I think you need to call AT&T.

Just for the record, where are you going?
 

Marianne

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there's no way in the iPhone's settings to turn off the cellular radio and only use wifi. but there's a workaround i read about here (see comment #12) where you can turn on the sim PIN feature, and simply not enter the PIN to keep the cellular radio off. i think this would be your best option...
 
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I don't think you get roaming charges for WiFi or internet and such, just the phone, text messaging and MAYBE email. But I'm not totally sure, hopefully someone else will know.
Also, I think there are some posts about this... try the search button, you might find better results. Good luck!
Nice, I was in Germany and Austria for 3 weeks, had to visit family and such. Have a good time!

:cool: I love Europe :cool:
 

ps49556n

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There is currently no way to turn off the phone radio while keeping WIFI on. Either everything off or just wifi off.
 

Tinman

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You could also just remove the SIM. WiFi, etc. will definitely still work but you'll know for sure the phone won't be on.


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Mike
 
Jul 15, 2007
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Yep. That's the only way I know of to use WiFi without having the phone radio active.


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Mike
i called AT&T and the rates for international roaming. it's astronomical. they have a glorious plan that is also expensive and reduces the rates only slightly. so i too want to popl out the SIM card and use the wifi feature and the ipod and email (through wifi). so has anyone tried this? the AT&T guy was telling me that popping out the SIM card is a delicate process and i might damage the "door" or something. any help here is greatly appreciated. i am leaving in 36 hours ...
 

asuandy

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i called AT&T and the rates for international roaming. it's astronomical. they have a glorious plan that is also expensive and reduces the rates only slightly. so i too want to popl out the SIM card and use the wifi feature and the ipod and email (through wifi). so has anyone tried this? the AT&T guy was telling me that popping out the SIM card is a delicate process and i might damage the "door" or something. any help here is greatly appreciated. i am leaving in 36 hours ...
just insert a paper clip into the hole on the sim slot and it pops right out. You can't miss
 

Martlet

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Just got back from the UK.

I popped the sim out before my flight, stuck it in the plastic case that comes with an SD card (along with Apple Tool #1(tm)... aka, a small bent paperclip) and kept it in the hotel safe.

Free Wi-Fi in London was tough, I really only found one place that had it other than the Apple store, and found nothing in Edinburgh.

Popped the sim card back in when I landed in the states.

The iPhone camera was great... ~650 photos from the trip.
 
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I'm going to mexico for a month and would like internet access. Could I buy a used iPhone without a contract and use it as a wifi appliance at internet cafes?
 

Europa

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#16
If your contract was up and you cancelled your AT&T service, do just the phone features cancel out so it still works, kind of like an iPod Touch, with working wifi?