iphone in spain
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 21, 2013 4:26 AM Last Post By: ear
Feb 17, 2013 9:21 AM
iphone in spainthis is probably a stupid question to those much younger than me , but...........
will my iphone 4s work in spain. i'm not so much interested in being able to make calls on , as I am wanting to be able to take pictures and have internet access.
what will I need to do to be able to use it in spain and Morocco?
Feb 17, 2013 9:31 AM
1It will work if it is 'unlocked' but you need to consider more than will it work. More importantly, is what will it cost if you use it to access the internet.
For example, if you have any apps that automatically update from the internet (say a local weather update you use at home) it will continue to do so at GREAT cost if you do not turn off auto update of apps.
If someone who doesn't know you are away calls you (say one of those annoying telephone sales people), it will ring and if you answer the call it will be at GREAT cost to you. So you must have it turned off when not in use for internet access.
There is more to it than just 'will it work'.
Feb 17, 2013 9:40 AM
This site applies to UK users but the same basic things apply wherever your home country is. Doing a Google search may find you one specifically appplicable to your home country.
Feb 17, 2013 9:47 AM
Feb 17, 2013 12:31 PM
4I had the same 'stupid' question last year...I have an Android. but they are all just mini computers with phones right? I called my provider to ask how I would be able to use it over in Europe. They asked me where I was going...I said Spain..they said...Spain has the same bla bla bla as us here in USA so for $10 a month you can use the cellphone in Spain ..other charges would be 79c/min for calls and 50 each for texts. They also said make sure you disable your data roaming for the entire trip. You can then hook up to wifi connections in Spain to check emails and use internet i.e. McD's etc...(I also found that all my lodging locations had wifi)...after I got back I cancelled the $10 month..it was extremely userfriendly and easy and it cost me very little for the convenience of having a phone/calculater/memopad/alarm/calendar/forex coverter etc..in one little unit.
Feb 17, 2013 12:34 PM
Feb 17, 2013 6:33 PM
6Make sure you arrange to have any data roaming shut off with your service provider (and confirm by e-mail).
It's not enough that you turn off certain apps on your phone, the iPhone checks the cellular network on a constant cycle to see if any data-related service has information. That includes services like e-mail, cloud data, scheduler, general system resources. Shutting off apps will reduce the amount of information pulled down, but when your phone is logging into the data network every 30 seconds that's going to add up very fast.
The alternative, and what I do when I travel with my iPhone, is to just leave the device on airplane mode for your entire trip. That will let you use the internet anywhere you have wifi (which is pretty common) as well as any on-board services like the camera or apps. If you don't need to use it as a phone, that would do what you want.
Feb 21, 2013 4:26 AM
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