Are you taking your iphone in you next trip to Spain? Be careful to avoid big data roaming bills

26 Apr


You may have read about the stories of massive mobile data roaming charges – where iPhone users have accrued thousands of dollars on their mobile bills just by browsing the internet or downloading a few files or email attachments.

Data Roaming describes the use of your mobile phone on another network abroad for a short period, while still being billed by your existing provider.

What uses data on my iPhone?

Any apps that use the Internet connection use roaming data e.g.

  • Safari
  • YouTube
  • Maps
  • Email
  • iTunes
  • Social Networking Apps e.g. Facebook/Twitter

Just to be clear the following actions do not use roaming data:

  • Filming a video
  • Taking a Photo
  • Listening to the iPod
  • Playing stand alone games (Soduku, Labyrinth)

Here are some tips on how to avoid big charges.

Tip 1: Turn Off Data Roaming

  • Go to Settings Settings then select General / Network
  • Turn Data Roaming Off (should look like this):

Turn Roaming Data Off

What this does is to prompt you to conciously switch ON Data Roaming when you use an application that needs data (with a warning that this will cost)

Tip 2: Use Wi-Fi

You can connect your iPhone using a Wi-Fi connection. Many Hotels and Cafes offer Wi-Fi for a fixed price for laptop users. You can use this same connection for your iPhone. Doing this means you are not billed for roaming data. The only charge might be the non mobile Wi-Fi hotspot charges for the internet access.

  • Go to Settings settings then select Wi-Fi
  • Make sure Wi-Fi is switched ON
  • Scan for the Network (you may need to ask the premises for the Wi-Fi name and the password)

Tip 3: Rent a portable WiFi router

You may be able to rent a portable WIFI router at and connect not only your iphone but you ipad, tablet or laptop at the same time and all over Spain for a lowcost price, find out what tripNETer can offer in your next trip to Spain.

Thanks to easykey


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