9 Replies Latest reply: Oct 12, 2007 4:01 PM by Allan Sampson
ewoo Level 1 (5 points)
Hi, I'm curious if there's a way to turn-off the carrier and just enable Wifi on my iPhone so that I can use it while overseas without incurring charges from AT&T (ie. make it into an iPod Touch). I'm planning to use it mainly as an ipod and occasionally browse the internet when there are free wifi networks available.

Is there settings somewhere that will enable me to do this?

iPhone 8GB, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Abra Dabra Level 1 (25 points)
    There's no setting to do this as yet, but removing the SIM card does exactly what you want. Here's how:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=305746

    If you want to make/receive calls without also incurring data/EDGE charges, put your iphone SIM in an unlocked basic/cheap handset and use that for calls.
  • thisguy Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same (similar) question.

    I'll be traveling next month to central america. While I understand that I'll be charged for the minutes if a voicemail message is left, I want to know if I can use free WIFI to check email/web surf if it is available and NOT be charged for the data since its not using EDGE?

    Any suggestions/tips/advice?

    I heard that I could potentially rack up large fees from AT&T checking email, etc. because they "cannot tell the data difference" between EDGE and WIFI.

    Should I just turn WIFI off altogher and use the phone for entertainment and the emergency phone call?
  • Rhyd Level 3 (795 points)
    This one was solved by the 1.1.1 update. You have the option to turn off data in international roaming. When you do the update, the default becomes phone data off ... leaving you wifi data access.

    Check out the update and install it before you go.

    You are not charged for data on wifi access, you just have to find a wifi source.

    Message was edited by: Rhyd
  • thisguy Level 1 (0 points)
    I'll give the update a try as we speak. Thanks!
  • dmiannay Level 3 (850 points)
    I did what Rhyd suggests above and it works just fine. For added protection I actually just removed the Sim card and stored it in my briefcase. This way I can't inadvertently change the roaming setting and start incurring unexpected charges.

    Also, Apple used some peculiar wording next to the "Data Roaming" setting. Note that it says "When abroad, turning off Data Roaming MAY avoid roaming charges when using email, web browsing and other data services". Apparently the setting is not a slam dunk disabler of roaming capability.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 (123,405 points)
    Also, Apple used some peculiar wording next to the "Data Roaming" setting. Note that it says "When abroad, turning off Data Roaming MAY avoid roaming charges when using email, web browsing and other data services". Apparently the setting is not a slam dunk disabler of roaming capability.


    Wording to protect themselves in case something goes wrong with this setting for whatever reason - which isn't likely but such wording is required for the "I take no responsibility whatsoever for ANY of my actions and expect others to do this for me".
  • thisguy Level 1 (0 points)
    Yep, that is some pretty cryptic language from Apple!
  • mindyh Level 1 (0 points)
    AT&T is trying to tell me the international roaming charges for data will be the same for wifi -- .0195/kb Can this be right?
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 (123,405 points)
    Wrong - not possible for AT&T to track data access over a WiFi network.

    If you have installed the 1.1.1 update, international roaming for data is turned off by default. This must be turned on in order to access the EDGE network when roaming internationally.