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Using AT@T locked iPhone in Japan

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iinami Level 4 Level 4 (1,400 points)
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Jun 3, 2013 6:52 PM

Greetings. I'm a little confused about the roaming plans on AT@T and I'd trust advice here over asking AT@T.


So my daughter will be in japan for almost a month and I was going to get her the $60/600 messaging plan and the $60/300mb data plan. Her and her friends here always use snapchat and kik messenger, so if she continues to use those two things while in japan will those count against the texting or data plan? She uses those a ton, so maybe it will put her over no matter what part of the plan they use?


How can she use the text and data roaming plans without using snapchat and kik messenger? Would she have to delete those from her phone while there?


Will she be able to make local calls in japan like to her cousins AND call me to say hello once a while?


If she imessages me here in the states how is that charged? i know there is no charge between people in the states but what about in this situation?


There is practically no wifi in japan, so i want to get this right, thanks for any help?

Mac OS X (10.6.8), iPhone 5 iOS 6.1.3
  • Ocean20 Level 6 Level 6 (12,220 points)
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    Jun 3, 2013 6:54 PM (in response to iinami)

    I cant answer the specifics of your question but you might find this article in the New York Times of interest to you -travel-with-a-cellphone.html?ref=technology&_r=1&

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,450 points)
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    Jun 4, 2013 5:15 AM (in response to iinami)

    Kik, Snapchat and iMessage will all use her data allowance. iMessage won't use it as quickly as a photo sending app like Snapchat. From the sound of it, your daughter is a teenager. Unless you set some ground rules, she's going to blow through that data in no time at all.


    Calls will be expensive.


    You are correct that there is very little free WiFi in Japan (though it had gotten a bit better the last time I was there). I take an Airport Express router with me to use in hotels. That way, I can use the wired internet connection in the room for my iPhone and iPad.


    I also came across this recently:



    I believe the WiFi is only available in Tokyo. You must arrange for it at the airport.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,450 points)
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    Jun 4, 2013 1:35 PM (in response to iinami)

    I'm sorry but I have no answer on how to prevent teenagers from texting. I decided to take on something easier, curing cancer.


    I was careful while I was there. Verizon's plan is $25/100 mg and no texting plan. I had no problem keeping under the data limit and I did upload some photos to Instagram, check in on FourSquare. I limited my texting, though.


    Best of luck.

  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,815 points)
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    Jun 4, 2013 3:43 PM (in response to iinami)

    Yes, you can ask AT&T to disable texting on her phone. Wear hearing protection when she finds out.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,450 points)
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    Jun 4, 2013 3:53 PM (in response to iinami)

    Sounds about right. To avoid the need for ear protection, if you can trust her, leave kik on the phone but tell her she's only allowed to use it over WiFi.


    When I go to Japan, I take an Airport Express that I can hook up to the wired internet in hotels so that I can use my iPad and iPhone. That may not be an option when staying with relatives but, it's worth considering.


    Best of luck.


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