Tom Meyers on Eurocheapo.com shared some words of wisdom when it comes to using iPhones in Europe. Travelers must be wary because you don’t want to end up with a huge $400 phone bill for using it over seas, so keep these in mind:
1. Turn off data roaming
2. Turn off data fetch
3. Consider purchasing an international data package – contact your service provider beforehand to find out how much. (Rich and I went to our cellphone provider, T-Mobile, and switched to the Simple Choice International plan for free where you get unlimited text messages, data [2G], and phone calls are $0.20/minute)
4. Reset the usage tracker to zero
5. Switch to wi-fi instead of data networks by placing on Airplane Mode
6. Purchase a European sim card and swap into an unlocked phone (according to Rick Steve)
Tom Meyers also shares how to keep your iPhone safe and what to do if it is stolen here.
You all should have received an email from me recently detailing the apps we will be using to contact one another in France. WhatsApp for text messaging/group chats and Viber for phone calls (it’s free to other users but you can purchase minutes to dial landlines and mobiles). Also, if you have an iPhone 5s, 5c, 6, or 6Plus you also can turn on Wi-Fi calling in your settings which allow you to call the U.S. for free.
Let me know if any of you have questions!