iPhones in London (his hair was perfect!)
May 30, 2013 1:11 PM Subscribe
Family of four traveling to London for two weeks. Four locked AT&T iphones, four sets of circumstances. I've checked all the options, called AT&T, and have thoroughly confused myself. Any help would be appreciated.
posted by raisingsand to Travel & Transportation around London, England (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have some idea of what I need to do, but it's still a little murky. Our flat has wi-fi.
Husband has iPhone 4s, needs heavy business usage for two weeks. AT&T Intl Roaming voice and messaging will need to be added and I'm pretty sure the two top plans of 200 minutes and 200 messages will be enough. This is a necessity, I'm pretty sure. We can use Skype whenever possible, but he has heavy usage and needs to be available all the time.
Next is me, Mom, iPhone 3 and year-old iPad (iPad does not have data plan). All family emergency callers can be told ahead of time to call husband's phone if necessary. I plan to keep my phone in airplane mode and only use wifi. While I am usually the navigator, I have a copy of London A-Z, but would like to use the apps I've downloaded occasionally for help. I know I can use wifi for that, right? I have Facetime and Skype on the iPad, Skype only on the phone. What happens as far as data and phone usage with incoming texts and voicemails coming TO my phone? I would like to check those occasionally. Imessage is enabled on my iPad. If I get a text from another iPhone, it would be free on my iPad using wifi, correct?
Two adult offspring with iPhone4s use their phones ALL THE TIME, as usual. Same question for them, basically. If they keep their phones on airplane mode, but turn them on occasionally to check voicemail and texts, will they be charged? Can they text when we are on a wifi system without charges? Using iMessage? Can they Facetime on wifi with no charge?
I'm thinking of changing our voicemail messages, informing all callers to not leave a message, but to contact us via email, and call husband's phone in case of emergency. I'm having trouble figuring out the incoming side of the equation. Please help me using small words and short sentences. I'm looking for the practical applications and step-by-step instructions. I have visions of popping in to a pub once a day and using wifi to check in. Is this the correct scenario?
Thank you so much.