10 Replies Latest reply: Jun 7, 2013 7:52 PM by iinami
iinami Level 4 Level 4 (1,400 points)

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
  • 1. Re: Using AT@T locked iPhone in Japan
    Ocean20 Level 6 Level 6 (13,170 points)

    I cant answer the specifics of your question but you might find this article in the New York Times of interest to you

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/30/technology/personaltech/packages-lower-cost-of -travel-with-a-cellphone.html?ref=technology&_r=1&

  • 2. Re: Using AT@T locked iPhone in Japan
    Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (38,380 points)

    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:

     

    http://flets.com/freewifi/spot.html

     

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

  • 3. Re: Using AT@T locked iPhone in Japan
    iinami Level 4 Level 4 (1,400 points)

    Meg St._Clair wrote:

     

    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:

     

    http://flets.com/freewifi/spot.html

     

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

    thanks, she is a teenager and will be with her mother/my wife and will mostly be staying with relatives. i guess i will tell her to take snapchat, kik, and instagram off her phone while there, but even then i still worry about a ton of regular texts. we trust her not to text like crazy and like i said she'll be with my wife, but how can we control all her friends here in the states sending her texts? we want her to be able to use data on her phone once in a while if she gets bored or something so that's why we are getting the plans. hmmm, this is tough to figure out.

  • 4. Re: Using AT@T locked iPhone in Japan
    Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (38,380 points)

    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.

  • 5. Re: Using AT@T locked iPhone in Japan
    iinami Level 4 Level 4 (1,400 points)

    Thanks for your help. Is there a way to shut off texting and just have a data plan for going on the internet if she wants? So i would tell her to remove kik, snapchat, instagram, and shut off texting if possible, only use data and use that sparingly?

  • 6. Re: Using AT@T locked iPhone in Japan
    deggie Level 8 Level 8 (46,495 points)

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

  • 7. Re: Using AT@T locked iPhone in Japan
    Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (38,380 points)

    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.

  • 8. Re: Using AT@T locked iPhone in Japan
    iinami Level 4 Level 4 (1,400 points)

    Thanks everyone. Luckily she's a good kid and when i told her she may not be able to text or whatever she understood. She's knows we'll do what we can for her to be able to use her phone some. I mostly worry about all her friends bombarding her while she's there.

  • 9. Re: Using AT@T locked iPhone in Japan
    iinami Level 4 Level 4 (1,400 points)

    Okay...does this sound right: i just got off the phone with the ATT international calling plan rep and she told me that if my daughter's friends text her from here it will not count against her international messaging plan while she's in Japan, only my daughter texting them will count. She said them texting her will count toward our regular domestic texting. If that is true I think I can just get her the 600 message and 800 mb international plans and be fine.

  • 10. Re: Using AT@T locked iPhone in Japan
    iinami Level 4 Level 4 (1,400 points)

    iinami wrote:

     

    Okay...does this sound right: i just got off the phone with the ATT international calling plan rep and she told me that if my daughter's friends text her from here it will not count against her international messaging plan while she's in Japan, only my daughter texting them will count. She said them texting her will count toward our regular domestic texting.

    Does anyone have any experience if the above advice from att is really true?