Question about WIFI

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Hello, this may be a stupid question, but I just want to make sure, I'm traveling to Paris this upcoming week and I'm not planning to use the iPhone on roaming there because I know it's too expensive, but my question is, even if I don't have a network to make calls or use the EDGE, can still use the WIFI like hotels, airports, etc? like basically use it as an Ipod? thanks a lot
 

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I don't see why you couldn't use the WIFI, but you better be careful about your DATA charges. Your phone will incur data charges on EDGE when you're away from the wifi signal. I would contact at&T about their international data plans.
 
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Yeah but that's not a problem because there is a setting on the iPhone where you can turn off the Data roaming, thereforee, your phone will not be looking for Data. Thanks a lot.
 

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You will be able to use WiFi with no problems but it won't work if the phone is in Airplane mode. As long as you turn Data Roaming OFF then you won't have to worry about incurring any extra charges (unless you have to pay for the WiFi). If you do plan on using the phone then you can activate an International Voice plan for $5.99 a month that will severely reduce the per-minute charges.
 

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You will be able to use WiFi with no problems but it won't work if the phone is in Airplane mode. As long as you turn Data Roaming OFF then you won't have to worry about incurring any extra charges (unless you have to pay for the WiFi). If you do plan on using the phone then you can activate an International Voice plan for $5.99 a month that will severely reduce the per-minute charges.
Why not just take out the SIM card?
 
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So if I take the sim off, the phone will be basically like an Ipod touch? thanks a lot guys
 

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You can use the airport/hotel wifi connections if they do not have a password protecting there wi-fi.
 
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And don't understand why I can't use the WIFI if it has a password? won't work the same as always? just put the password and that's it?
 

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right. i think GSA190 was just saying you could use other hotels' hotspots if they are unprotected... which most are.
 

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You can use the password protected WiFi connections, the only thing is that most of them will probably require a temporary subscription to the service in order to connect, like $10 for 30 minutes or whatever.
 
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Ok, I got it. Thanks for all the helped. I still think that Apple should allow us to use wifi on airplane mode.
 

acosmichippo

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well it's not Apple preventing that. talk to the FAA.
 

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I didn't think any planes were equipped with WiFi capabilities at the moment. I know that a few airlines are planning on having WiFi future fleets but I'm not sure how far that is in the future.
 

acosmichippo

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they're not, but they're worried about interference with the plane's communication and navigation equipment.
 

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which has been proven time and time again, that the only types of phones that actually will screw with the navigation system of an airplane are CDMA phones.

if you use GSM, you are safe.