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Top 5 Tips for Traveling with an iPhone

If you’re going to be traveling overseas or to the USA, your best bet is to have an unlocked GSM phone with you to avoid excessive roaming charges from Rogers/Fido. As I am currently in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on a short hiatus, I’ve been traveling with my unlocked iPhone 2G. Here are some tips you might want to think about the next time you’re ready to embark on a journey with your iPhone.

The Top 5 Tips for Traveling with an iPhone

1. Set a passcode on your iPhone: I know it’s an extra step to get to your homescreen, but if you set a passcode and turn ON the option for your iPhone to erase itself after 10 failed passcode attempts (a simple restore from backup will bring it all back), it will add some extra security. The last thing you want is having some stranger read through your emails, bookmarks, contact lists, and dialing up long distance charges on your iPhone.

2. Bring a paperclip and small zip lock bag: For what you ask? To pop out the SIM tray of course! The iPhone’s unique SIM tray can only be opened if you have a paperclip or a similar, thin, pointy tool. I brought along the included SIM card removal tool included with my iPhone 3G. The small sandwich zip lock bag is a very handy place to store your paperclip and Rogers/Fido SIM card.

3. iPhone USB cable and charger (and dock): Coupled with a plug converter, the iPhone’s USB cable, charger, and dock will make a handy bedside alarm. A voltage converter won’t be necessary because both the 2G and 3G chargers are 110-240v compatible.

4. A backup iPhone battery solution: Our journey to Dubai from Vancouver resulted in my iPhone being on standby for over 27 hours. With phone and data usage prior to our departure, mixed in with hours of iPod usage my battery was put to the test. Luckily, I had my Richard Solo 1800 (part of our Top iPhone 3G Accessories Xmas Wishlist) with me to give me some much needed juice near our final destination.

5. Sync your iPhone prior to leaving: The day you leave on your trip, sync your iPhone to your computer one last time. If you run into any problems along your trip and your iPhone has to be restored upon your arrival back home, you can rest assured that you will have a very recent backup. It never hurts to be extra prepared.

Bonus Tip: If you’re not planning on using your iPhone’s phone feature at all (because your iPhone 3G is still locked at the moment–wait until New Year’s Eve for freedom), turn on Airplane mode during standby to save even more battery life. If you need WiFi just turn off Airplane mode and you’ll be good to go.

Hopefully these travel tips have come in handy. They have worked wonders for me so far with my iPhone 2G. Can’t wait till New Year’s Eve comes along as the Dev Team will be releasing their iPhone 3G unlock. Once that happens, I won’t have to travel with two iPhones anymore!

Do you have any iPhone travel tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!

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  • teddyx

    just a tip.. you can actually turn on wifi in airplane mode it just turns it off when you turn on airplane mode check and youll see!

  • teddyx

    just a tip.. you can actually turn on wifi in airplane mode it just turns it off when you turn on airplane mode check and youll see!

  • ewwww

    Question: What does an unlocked iPhone do over a locked iPhone when travelling? Are you able to make calls anywhere in you have network, without incurring huge roaming fees?

    And yes, teddyx is right, you are able to turn Wifi on with Airplane mode on as well. I did this when in the US, to prevent any possible roaming charges (talk or data), and still could check my email and surf over the hotel’s Wifi.

  • ewwww

    Question: What does an unlocked iPhone do over a locked iPhone when travelling? Are you able to make calls anywhere in you have network, without incurring huge roaming fees?

    And yes, teddyx is right, you are able to turn Wifi on with Airplane mode on as well. I did this when in the US, to prevent any possible roaming charges (talk or data), and still could check my email and surf over the hotel’s Wifi.

  • bc

    here’s my travel tip:

    bring along an AirPort Express or other pocket-size WiFi router for use with your iPhone. I always do.

    that way you can access the internet in the comfort of your room if you have high-speed ethernet but no free hotel Wi-Fi. (this has my common observation in frequent travels overseas – i.e. more hotels seem to have ethernet rather than wifi in the rooms). This is of course assuming you’ve turned off data roaming and are trying to avoid cellular data usage while traveling.

    Bonus: the AirPort Express has a USB socket which can be used to charge your iPhone – that’s one less AC plug to occupy with your gear in your hotel room. AC plugs in hotel rooms always seem scarce.

    Bonus+: if more than 1 of you in the room, or even a friend next door or down the hall, then it’s easy to share your single ethernet connection. plus you’re not tied to the desk, whether laptop or iPhone (or both)

    p.s. teddyx’s tip above is correct. after turning on airplane mode you can then separately turn WiFi back on.

  • bc

    here’s my travel tip:

    bring along an AirPort Express or other pocket-size WiFi router for use with your iPhone. I always do.

    that way you can access the internet in the comfort of your room if you have high-speed ethernet but no free hotel Wi-Fi. (this has my common observation in frequent travels overseas – i.e. more hotels seem to have ethernet rather than wifi in the rooms). This is of course assuming you’ve turned off data roaming and are trying to avoid cellular data usage while traveling.

    Bonus: the AirPort Express has a USB socket which can be used to charge your iPhone – that’s one less AC plug to occupy with your gear in your hotel room. AC plugs in hotel rooms always seem scarce.

    Bonus+: if more than 1 of you in the room, or even a friend next door or down the hall, then it’s easy to share your single ethernet connection. plus you’re not tied to the desk, whether laptop or iPhone (or both)

    p.s. teddyx’s tip above is correct. after turning on airplane mode you can then separately turn WiFi back on.

  • Justin

    here’s another tip…if your phone is unlocked..its good to buy a prepaid sim at rogers/fido..or pre-paid sim at the destination of your country..say like if you travel in the USA..you can buy a prepaid AT&T/ T-mobile! works great :D

  • Justin

    here’s another tip…if your phone is unlocked..its good to buy a prepaid sim at rogers/fido..or pre-paid sim at the destination of your country..say like if you travel in the USA..you can buy a prepaid AT&T/ T-mobile! works great :D

  • Peacock

    Great tips iphonefan! I also have a useful tip for everyone:
    Download “If found, please…” from the app store (it’s free). It allows you to put a banner on your wallpaper that says “If found please call: . You can also add a short message like “or email me at sample@mail.com
    This is very useful especially if a good samaritan finds your iPhone (with a locked password of course) and decides to return your iPhone.

  • Peacock

    Great tips iphonefan! I also have a useful tip for everyone:
    Download “If found, please…” from the app store (it’s free). It allows you to put a banner on your wallpaper that says “If found please call: . You can also add a short message like “or email me at sample@mail.com
    This is very useful especially if a good samaritan finds your iPhone (with a locked password of course) and decides to return your iPhone.

  • http://blog.power-maxx.com/ Taris Janitens

    I’ve got a GREAT travel tip – DON’T DROP THE PHONE lol!!! I’ve heard that they are not the most durable phones, and I would rather not find out

  • http://blog.power-maxx.com Taris Janitens

    I’ve got a GREAT travel tip – DON’T DROP THE PHONE lol!!! I’ve heard that they are not the most durable phones, and I would rather not find out

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  • Ken

    1) have your iPhone unlocked before you go.
    2) purchase a Magic Jack from your local electronic store and set it up with a local (Canadian or US phone number) it is roughly $70.00 for a 1 year service including the device.
    3) Forward your calls to your new number.
    4) download the app for your iPhone doing this will enable you to receive and send any call to Canada or us while you are away on your iPhone as long as you have WiFi or data so you will not miss any calls. Also your voice mail’s will also go to your email account.
    5) When you get to your destination go to your local cell phone store and purchase a new Sim card and add pre-paid data plan for your duration of your stay.
    6) you are now able to keep all of your regular phone calls while on vacation as well as make local phone calls and use internet too, for a very low cost. This is much better than returning back from vacation and finding a bill for thousands of dollars for the same services.

  • Ken

    FREE CALLS WHEN TRAVELING ABROAD
    Correction for list below:

    4) Download Magic Jack app for your iPhone