Don't get me wrong. I still love my iPhone. But before going on our honeymoon to Costa Rica, we decided to really make sure we knew what we were doing. We've heard the horror stories of the huge AT&T cell phone bills. One guy went to Europe and got a $4000 phone bill afterwards because he was charged for every single kilobyte of data his phone downloaded. Another family of three went on a cruise, had their cell phones turned off, and came home to a $3000 phone bill because apparently even while the phones were off, they were collecting information.
I know that in the iPhone's last update, a feature was added so that we can turn off this data roaming; our cell phones won't download stuff while we're abroad. But, because I am smart, I decided to call AT&T before we left anyway to ask what we can do to avoid any unexpected charges. We wanted to at least have our iPhones to watch movies on the airplane.
I explained that we were going to Costa Rica and wanted to have our iPhones in case of emergency. What could we do to avoid charges?
The answer is to not turn them on at all any time we are in Costa Rica. Because if we turn them on and our phones receive voice messages, we'll be charged $3 a minute for that usage. Yikes! Then I asked a lot of other questions, but she couldn't really answer them because she's unfamiliar with the iPhone, and suggested I call Apple. Of course, I could call Apple, but ultimately, they won't know the answers to any of my questions because AT&T are the ones who bill me, so all billing questions should be referred to them.
What this means is that Murray and I will bring one phone with us. We will not use it to watch any videos because as soon as we cross any boarders (even on the plane with the phone in airplane mode, the AT&T rep seemed to indicate, which doesn't make sense to me because in airplane mode the phone shouldn't be transmitting any information, but then she confessed that she doesn't actually know what "airplane mode" means) we'll start getting charged for random, unexpected things. It will simply be in the off position the entire time, unless we have our own emergency and want to make a $1000 call for help.
This means that if someone back home dies in a tragic car wreck, wild fire, bull fight, or volcano while we're on our honeymoon, we just won't hear about it until we get back, okay? And that is our right as honeymooners and iPhone owners.