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Can you turn off phone calls and texts??

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hhensl2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 30, 2012 2:54 PM

I am traveling to Buenos Aires from the United States for a minimester.. I called my cellular carrier and they do not have a plan to save me money in regards to phone calls and texts. I have the app What'sApp so I can use a data plan they offered me to keep in contact while I am way, however I am still afraid of racking up charges in texts and phone calls. Is there any possible way to turn off phone calls and text and strictly use the data plan they have given me?

 

I have the iPhone 5. Thank you.

iPhone 5, iOS 6.0.2
  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,835 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 2:58 PM (in response to hhensl2)

    Put the phone into Airplane mode then turn WiFi back on, assuming its WiFi data you want to use. Using wireless data over the mobile network while roaming is likely to be even more expensive than calls and texts.

  • sberman Level 7 Level 7 (23,650 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 2:58 PM (in response to hhensl2)

    You can turn off texts by Settings > Messages > Send as SMS "Off".

     

    You cannot turn off your phone (short of Airplane Mode, which would also turn off WnatsApp), but you can set "Do Not Disturb".

     

    Have a good trip!

  • sberman Level 7 Level 7 (23,650 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 3:00 PM (in response to hhensl2)

    Correction - Julian is quite right about using WiFi.  That contradicts a bit of what I incorrectly said - Airplane Mode does not necessarily turn off WhatsApp.

  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,835 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 3:09 PM (in response to hhensl2)

    Did your roommate text you from another iPhone? If so, it was most likely an iMessage, which uses WiFi not the phone network, so would still work in Airplane Mode with Wifi turned ask on.

  • sberman Level 7 Level 7 (23,650 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 3:10 PM (in response to hhensl2)

    If your roommate has an Apple device and you have iMessage turned on, you might have received a (free) iMessage over WiFi, and not a text.  Is the message blue?  If so, it was an iMessage.

  • sberman Level 7 Level 7 (23,650 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 3:14 PM (in response to hhensl2)

    If you're both in a WiFi zone, or your friend is in a cellular zone with a carrier that supports iMessage.

  • Stuart Hobbs Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 3:32 PM (in response to Julian Wright)

    FYI, that won't work. AirPlane disables all radio communications.

     

    The best way to do this is to divert all calls.

     

    Go to Settings

     

    Phone

     

    call forwarding and switch to O

    Type in your carriers default voicemail number. Because it is the default number for voicemail is an exception in their list you won't be charged for the diversion.

     

    remember to switch this off when you get back.

     

    Then go to messages turn off send as SMS and MMS.


    That should avoid most of the charges. Its inevitable that you'll get some but hopefully if you're careful it will be minimal.

     

    Have you thought of using a local sim while you're there, you're iMessage will still work and your home SIM and account will be inactive so you won't get any unforseen chardges?

     

    Good luck

  • Stuart Hobbs Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 3:32 PM (in response to hhensl2)

    FYI, that won't work. AirPlane disables all radio communications.

     

    The best way to do this is to divert all calls.

     

    Go to Settings

     

    Phone

     

    call forwarding and switch to O

    Type in your carriers default voicemail number. Because it is the default number for voicemail is an exception in their list you won't be charged for the diversion.

     

    remember to switch this off when you get back.

     

    Then go to messages turn off send as SMS and MMS.


    That should avoid most of the charges. Its inevitable that you'll get some but hopefully if you're careful it will be minimal.

     

    Have you thought of using a local sim while you're there, you're iMessage will still work and your home SIM and account will be inactive so you won't get any unforseen chardges?

     

    Good luck

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