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Old 03-03-2012, 09:48 PM   #1
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Leaving on vacation, use of cell phone...

Hi guys, I am leaving on vacation for 1 month to Hong Kong, ive never really left the country with a phone before so I am not sure what I should do....If I take my phone with me, can I still keep it on over there without getting any long distance roaming charges if i dont pick up/or make any calls?...for example i leave it on and someone from canada calls me, i can see whos calling but if i dont pick up i dont get charged right?...also regarding data, should i turn it off or leave it on as long as i dont use it i wont be charged for it?....because i know imessage and whatsapp is done through data/wifi so i dont know how much a txt msg would cost through those, i honestly dont mind paying some money for being able to txt people through one of those avenues for the month I am there...anyone have any advice? thanks! I have a iphone 4 if that matters
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Go to any convenience store and get a prepaid sim card as soon as you get there. Do NOT use your roaming data plan, it will be expensive. Three has the cheapest prepaid data plans with a daily cap, last I checked.
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:19 PM   #3
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awesome thanks for the tip....but will i be able to txt my friends with it? cause dont i need to have my sim in for their txts to get to me?
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You can send LD SMS or a better idea would be to use Whatsapp which most people with smartphones should have
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ya i have whatsapp...so whats apps are sent through data or wifi, i most likely wont have access to wifi so ill need data...so ure saying to buy a prepaid data sim card and with that I can use my whatsapp? so i dont need my main sim to have my contacts on whats app?
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thanks!!....should i buy the prepaid sim here or over there? or no diffrence haha...haha sorry im not really good with tech stuff and never really been overseas before
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Turn off data roaming but keep the phone on, then connect to WiFi and use iMessage. Don't use roaming data because it's very expensive.
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Make sure your phone is unlocked so you can put in a 3 card from HK.
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:18 PM   #10
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whats a 3 card?...dont think its unlocked because i got it from rogers?
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what phone is it? Iphone 4s?
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When you arrive in hk, go to the airport 7-11 and buy a prepaid data sim. IIRC its across from McDonalds.
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your phone is locked, buy a shitty phone in hk while youre at it and get the prepaid simcard there as well unless you have a buddy with a shitty unlocked phone to lend you
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boo...so it my only reason is to use the phone to communicate with people here in canada (just through imessage or whats app)...and my phone is locked...no point in buying a cheap phone and sim card right?
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boo...so it my only reason is to use the phone to communicate with people here in canada (just through imessage or whats app)...and my phone is locked...no point in buying a cheap phone and sim card right?
nope. don't get a sim card then. mcd has free wifi.
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boo...so it my only reason is to use the phone to communicate with people here in canada (just through imessage or whats app)...and my phone is locked...no point in buying a cheap phone and sim card right?
If your phone is locked, then you will not be able to get a pp sim for voice or data. You will be usingyour iphone like an itouch - wifi. You can also buy pccw wifi. They have hotspots almost everywhere. (just a thought - never tried that)
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