Originally Posted by foodguy
anyone have any non-jailbreak advice for using an ATT iphone in europe? anyone used the temporary international plan?
I've used this when I've gone to Germany and England, and it's really one of the great features of AT&T. Get the myAT&T app or login in online to your wireless account to set it up. For my trips, which were only a week long, I've activated the following features:
- Standard International Roaming (free, and slightly lower costs, but I have a calling card so this doesn't matter to me)
- Global Messaging 50 ($10, 50 text messages/month)
- 125 MB Global Data Add-On ($50)
This is all a la carte per month, so like blairh mentions, you can cancel when you get home, and some of the options are pro-rated, too. I usually wait a few days to a week after getting back to cancel in case the foreign carrier is late forwarding phone usage to AT&T.
Figure out how much data you use a month to see how much data you'll need. I typically use 250ish MB/month, but I used almost all of my global data in a week because I was uploading pictures and other vacation stuff.
Reset your counters in Settings->General->Usage->Cellular Usage as soon as you land so you can keep track of your data usage. You will need to add your received and sent data numbers since they both count towards your limit.
Try to use Wi-Fi as much as possible (if you trust public WiFi). If your hotel room has wired Ethernet, you can carry a little wireless router with you to set up a secure WiFi network. I use an old Airport Express for this.
Disable push email so you don't eat up all your bandwidth accidentally.
You can also disable international roaming if you don't want to be called while there. Messaging covers texts from any number, US or otherwise, and data is data.
AT&T actually has a decent page on this (and most of this stuff is mentioned there): http://www.wireless.att.com/learn/international/roaming/faq.jsp?wtSlotClick=1-0044ID-0-2&WT.svl=calltoaction
Also, as blairh mentions, the best thing is to get a local sim card, but if you're still on contract with AT&T, they won't unlock your phone so you cannot use a non-AT&T sim card. Don't forget to bring your sim tool if you do this, and these are easy to get in any cell shop or the airport. Heathrow had vending machines for these things even before you reach immigration!