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    Default Travelling overseas with my iPhone

    Hi all

    I'll soon be travelling to Thailand for a holiday and I'm considering taking my iPhone with me. I have a couple of questions:

    Firstly, is this a good idea, or should I take my old Nokia with me instead?
    Secondly, I'm thinking of purchasing a new SIM card when I get to Thailand so I don't have to pay huge phone call costs on my Telstra bill. Does anyone know if Thai SIM cards are compatable with the iPhone?
    Third, I presume I'll need an internet browsing pack. Does anyone know if these are available and affordable in Thailand?

    Apologies if a similar request has been posted elsewhere - I couldn't immediately find a similar thread

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    Internet browsing in Thailand, hahaha.

    Just take the Nokia. I've been to Thailand 4 times now, and never needed to make a telephone call. If I need to call home, I usually don't and email instead, but its relatively cheap to do so in the hotel.

    3G is relatively scarce, depending where you are. Bangkok is fine, but elsewhere you will only get it in certain areas of the city, such as Phuket. It is pretty poor quality anyway. If you're truly on a holiday, you wont need it anyway.

    AFAIK, DTAC dont do 3G, not too sure about AIS.
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    Buy a SIM card over there to make calls and log into your Telstra voicemail.
    Otherwise telstra will scarew you with a juicy bill when you get home.

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    Good advice. The reason I wanted to take my iPhone is so I can use the iPod facility and contacts for sending emails etc. But I take your point - time to dust off my old iPod nano (first generation 2GB - will have to be selective with my song choice!)

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    i brought my iPhone and Razr overseas. iPhone - internet, mail, IM. The Razr is a backup. I only use public internet cafes if i have no option, otherwise i dont like using their keyboards & mouse. I also use the local SIM of the country i go to. My last trip was not being aware that I have to edit APN settings to access the net so I missed out that feature a whole lot.

    If I can get tethering (& 3G) to work overseas next time, then all i really need is a 3G signal and use my laptop in the comforts of my hotel room.

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    Default travelling with iphone

    I took my iphone to China with me a few months ago and it was the best decision I made. Disable 3G through your settings to avoid accidently using it and getting huge bills. You can still use your wireless internet in cafes / hotels / airports for free internet while you're travelling. It's amazing how many places you can pick up wireless. I used my ipod app constantly and my library plus games when I was bored on planes and trains. I'd definately recommend that you take it. As for phone calls, it depends how long you're going for but you probably won't need to make a call. Use a public phone and prepaid card to keep costs low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magical View Post
    I took my iphone to China with me a few months ago and it was the best decision I made. Disable 3G through your settings to avoid accidently using it and getting huge bills.
    I'm about to head to China in a few weeks and just wanted to confirm- when you mean disable 3G do you mean turn off data roaming? I thought turning off 3G just meant slower internet speeds but still data capable.

    Thanks in advance
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