how do I avoid getting 'Rogered' with Roaming fees while traveling?
I'm off to Europe on some business for the next two weeks, and, of course I'll be taking my iPhone. However, I don't want to come home to an outrageous bill, so my plan is to put my phone in 'airplane' mode, and only take it out of that mode when I'm somewhere with free WiFi that I can access.
Is this a safe plan, or can I still accidentally use a significant amount of data over the cellular network?
As long as you have Data Roaming set to off there won't be any problems. No need to leave it in airplane mode. I've done it several times and never had any issues. I do reset the usage stats on the plane and check occasionally to make sure nothing is happening but that's just some mild paranoia on my part.
My suggestion would be to unlock the iPhone, and pick up a PAYGO type sim while in Europe. Unlocking doesn't affect your iPhone's performance under Rogers, it just gives you the option to use someone else's SIM.
Be mindful though that you may get unwanted text messages whenever you "roam" between carriers. As you enter an area, some carriers are kind enough to send you a text and let you know you are now on their billing system and how to contact them should you need. You may or may not be charged for these introduction texts by the carrier or Rogers or both.
If you can get your phone unlocked a pay as you go sim is the safest route and gives you the piece of mind of having a phone on hand that won't break the bank.
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