I'm so overwhelmed by the information I get when I go online… can someone give me the for-dummies explanation here -- tell me what to do and exactly how? I need to be told how to use either an iPhone 5S or a 4s, in Italy and Israel, to be able to make/get local calls and texts, and access interactive maps, without incurring surprise fees. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes
on Feb 8, 2014 -
I will be traveling to Dublin, Ireland frequently in the next 6 mos - year and I need to find an appropriate SIM vendor. I have done a ton of research but I am still hamstrung in terms of concrete advice. Here is what I know:
I have unlocked my old iPhone 4 for this purpose. My husband and I have AT&T for our stateside smartphone service. My mother has Verizon (my preschooler will be with her). I will use the phone to call my husband and daughter nightly (probably two separate calls) and I will want some data coverage for navigation, texting, etc. I would prefer not to initiate any kind of contract until after the first trip.
Any recommendations? TIA.
posted by wildeepdotorg
on Jan 25, 2014 -
We are moving to London and we'd like to bring our American mobile phones to use with whatever British network provider we decide to sign up with. We will no longer have a contract with our US carrier once we move. What do we have to do in order to use UK (and other European) SIM cards in our phones and have them work as well as they did in the US? Complication: Verizon [more inside]
posted by theory
on Jan 24, 2014 -
I'm going to be travelling to India soon and I wanted to get a prepaid cellular connection for my iPhone to avoid roaming charges and for internet access.
What's the cheapest/best prepaid connection in India (going to be travelling around South India)? Is there some way I can buy it in the US so I can have cellular access from when I immediately arrive? [more inside]
posted by touareg
on Dec 1, 2013 -
A friend is visiting from Brazil and is bringing his iphone 4s with him. He wants to use it while he's here. What's the least painful way to make that happen? [more inside]
posted by msali
on Sep 10, 2013 -
My ideal situation would be basically an iPod Touch with unlimited 4G connectivity for $50-60/month. I'd love to figure out a way to still have all of the features I love with my iPhone, while simultaneously ditching the cost of making calls. Seriously. I have so many anytime minutes banked it's nuts. I'm grandfathered on unlimited data with AT&T (which means nothing really), except that I have a AT&T iPhone 4S to use once my contract is up next year. (Thought it might be pertinent for scenarios.) Not interested in carrying around a second device (e.g. mobile wifi). Thoughts?
posted by letstrythis
on Feb 6, 2013 -
What data is my iPhone mysteriously downloading when I'm not really syncing anything, don't use iCloud, and have no apps running? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob
on Nov 20, 2012 -
How strongly should I feel about hanging on to my grandfathered AT&T unlimited data plan? [more inside]
posted by escabeche
on Nov 4, 2012 -
Augggh. I'm being forced to upgrade my iPhone to iOS 5 (critical app requires it). Questions inside -- most importantly, can I completely opt out
of iCloud? [more inside]
posted by lorimer
on May 18, 2012 -
iPhone 4S / Still (Again) in Hollywood Filter: Are there any Pay-As-You-Go type data plans with SIM cards for an unlocked 4s user in the USA? [more inside]
posted by rokusan
on May 13, 2012 -
I'd like an explanation for how to turn off all data while roaming, except for push email. This includes anything that the GPS might use as well. As for emails, I only want to receive the body of the email and not have the phone download any attachments without my permission. I'd either like a good link or instructions for both an iPhone 4S and a Samsung Galaxy SII (Android). Thanks very much.
posted by gman
on Apr 9, 2012 -
My wife and I are visiting Paris over the week of US Thanksgiving - can you help us figure out the best way to get cell phone service and data while we're there? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget
on Oct 28, 2011 -
I want to get an iPhone primarily as a portable computer/GPS/camera, and sometimes if someone wants to Skype me, that would be okay too. I am uninterested in getting tied down to a voice plan for what sounds like an eternity. Thus, with the option to get an unlocked phone from the Apple Store, what are my options for data-only plans? AT&T seems to be the best data provider where I live (in the Upper CT River Valley of NH), so I found their list of plans at http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/services/services-list.jsp?wtSlotClick=1-0060AL-0-2&catId=cat2510038&catName=Data+%26+Internet&_requestid=237492 . Most of these are GSM plans but as a newb I'm concerned about the list of acceptible phones for each plan. Is there any reason these won't work with an unlocked GSM iPhone?
posted by Opa-Opa
on Jun 23, 2011 -
My best friend got the new iPhone 4 in early August, but never synced it. When she finally synced her phone last week, she mistakenly told iTunes to Restore from back-up (the July back-up). Is there anyway to get her data back? [more inside]
posted by Kronur
on Apr 6, 2011 -
Currently I'm on a RAZR V3x with a T-Mobile prepaid plan. I'm thinking of switching to a better phone, however the plan options look intimidating. [more inside]
posted by antgly
on Mar 1, 2011 -
I currently have the iPhone 4 with the $20/month unlimited texting and the old-school "unlimited" data plan. I no longer want the unlimited texting, yet I don't want to lose the old "grandfathered" data plan? Can this be done? [more inside]
posted by sourwookie
on Dec 15, 2010 -
How can I transfer large voice memos (~300MB) from my Jailbroken iPhone 3GS to the web without tHe use of a computer (aka via AT&t's 3G network), and where can I store these files on the web via this process? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly
on Sep 29, 2010 -
Is mobile prepaid data available in Canada? My friend is looking for options to use with his unlocked iPhone while visiting Montreal. [more inside]
posted by exquisite_deluxe
on May 12, 2010 -
I'm going to Spain for a bit and want, if possible, to get a pay-as-you-go Spainish sim card for my (unlocked) iPhone that will allow me to use data at a reasonable price. Does anyone know if such a product exists in Spain? I don't speak Spanish so bonus points if it's possible to buy one over the internet and have it shipped to me in the UK (though I know that's unlikely)... [more inside]
posted by ascullion
on Mar 14, 2010 -
Ill be visiting Canada (Vancouver, BC) for the month of February for the Olympics. I have a US based iPhone with service with AT&T on a Family plan with one other iPhone. AT&Ts web site is pretty opaque on the subject of roaming in Canada, but it appears that I can switch to a nationwide family talk plan that includes Canada for the month. Ive been able to find no information on what making that switch will mean for data usage for my iPhone. AT&Ts "customer service web-surfing monkey (tm)" on the phone was no help at all, seemingly having trouble understanding the difference between Mexico and Canada. So whats the deal? Can I get data for a reasonable price with my iPhone in Canada, or should I just go cold turkey and shut my iPhone off for the month (shudder)?
posted by taubman
on Jan 29, 2010 -
I live in the UK and have an unlocked iphone on the O2 network. I'm heading to California for 6 weeks to visit my family. Is there a reasonably simple way I can use my iphone and UK number in the US without paying ridiculous roaming and data charges? I'm much more of a text/data person than voice.
I'm open to Google Voice hacks, pay-as-you SIMs, etc. Anything really to ensure I don't get a monster phone bill when I get back.
posted by cubedweller
on Jan 5, 2010 -
I am going on a trip to Vietnam for three weeks this month and am wondering: what my best bet is in terms of carrier and coverage for a prepaid SIM for my unlocked iPhone 3G? [more inside]
posted by jesseendahl
on Jan 1, 2010 -
iPhone...first generation used or 3G new, or wait for a while?
A friend might sell me an iPhone 1G for $50. Should I buy that or upgrade? I am eligible to renew my AT&T contract. It doesn't give me the iPhone option, so I would have to go to a store, but that is not an issue here. As I understand, the 1G iPhone's data plan is ten dollars cheaper than the 3G data plan. Over a year that would be $120 in savings, plus the phone being $50 cheaper than the cheapest 3G, adds up to $170 savings over a year. I am a bit cash strapped, but is it worth buying an older used phone for saving that much?
posted by spacefire
on Dec 6, 2009 -
I will be living in Mumbai for 11 weeks next summer. I have an unlocked iPhone 3G. What is my best bet in terms of carrier and plan for the cheapest and most reliable data access? I plan to do local calls over the cell phone voice network and international calls via Skype on the iPhone.
Thanks in advance!
posted by jesseendahl
on Nov 17, 2009 -
Why is my iPhone is transmitting data OUT on a daily basis without my knowledge? [more inside]
posted by nineRED
on Sep 25, 2009 -
A desktop, a laptop, an external hard drive, an iPhone, and me. How should I sync my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by doift
on Jun 29, 2009 -
Can you save data from an iPhone, in any manner, once it has entered "recovery" mode and iTunes informs you that you need to restore the phone? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena
on May 11, 2008 -