10 Replies Latest reply: Dec 30, 2012 3:32 PM by Stuart Hobbs
hhensl2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

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
  • 1. Re: Can you turn off phone calls and texts??
    Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,850 points)

    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.

  • 2. Re: Can you turn off phone calls and texts??
    sberman Level 7 Level 7 (24,500 points)

    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!

  • 3. Re: Can you turn off phone calls and texts??
    sberman Level 7 Level 7 (24,500 points)

    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.

  • 4. Re: Can you turn off phone calls and texts??
    hhensl2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So the plan I set up was 100 megabites for 25 $ but if I go over it will continue with the plan and charge me another 25$ for another 100 megabites. I just tried the airplane mode with my roommate and turned the wifi on, however her text still came through, so I take it it didn't work? I'm really sorry I'm not that tech savvy.

  • 5. Re: Can you turn off phone calls and texts??
    Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,850 points)

    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.

  • 6. Re: Can you turn off phone calls and texts??
    sberman Level 7 Level 7 (24,500 points)

    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.

  • 7. Re: Can you turn off phone calls and texts??
    hhensl2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    yes it was another iPhone so that involve the data package and I will have no problem texting those with an iPhone while I'm there? I can have another friend message me while I turn it on. I really appreciate all the help.

  • 8. Re: Can you turn off phone calls and texts??
    sberman Level 7 Level 7 (24,500 points)

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

  • 9. Re: Can you turn off phone calls and texts??
    Stuart Hobbs Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    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

  • 10. Re: Can you turn off phone calls and texts??
    Stuart Hobbs Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    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