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writerriann
02-15-2012, 04:03 PM
This makes me feel completely technologically illiterate. :lmao:

I have never been on a cruise and we are scheduled to go on the Dream for 5n in May. What do you do with your techie stuff? :confused:

1) DH and I both have smartphones. We have no plans to make phone calls. Is the best option for us to simply turn them off? Turn them on airplane mode? We have no international plan (or any plans to get one). I don't want to incur any charges on our phones.

2) DH is planning on bringing his 3G iPad 2. We would like to check work emails on board and communicate back home. I'm talking about just quick checks/email - just keeping up with the goings on. Am I correct in thinking that we need to purchase wireless minutes from DCL when we go onboard? Can we use it in our staterooms? Anything I need to watch out for regarding service?

Thank you! I swear I'm not a techno-dummy. I just have no idea how things work on the high seas and we're only planning to disembark at CC.

Momma2Jax
02-15-2012, 04:27 PM
I have not cruised yet, but in my research, talking with friends, etc... this is what I believe:

1) yes, you can take your smart phones, but I personally would put it in airplane mode, just in case. A friend of mine took his to Alaska last year, and said it barely worked anyway, and several times said "roaming" which means he would incur charges if he used it. DH and I will probably bring our iPhones, but only use them in airplane mode, if at all. I am of the "We are on vacation, who needs the phone??" camp...but I know we may need it for emergencies, and before/after we get on/off the ship

2) Since the iPad uses wireless to connect to email, yes, you would need to pay for the use of wireless internet on DCL. It looks like it's kindof ridiculously expensive. If it were me, I would either not check my email for a few days, or, if I needed to, keep the iPad in airplane mode (or turn wireless off) while you compose your emails, etc... then turn on the wireless for just enough times to send/recieve.

Hope that helped! Again, I am also a newbie, so if I am incorrect, I'm sorry!

betsy918
02-15-2012, 04:27 PM
Well, I must be a techo-dummy, because I incurred $11.50 in roaming charges on my recent cruise just because I turned my phone on one day (I wanted to take a picture to post later when I got back. I did not attempt to post the picture, I just took the picture.) I made no calls and did not attempt to access the internet, but I was not aware that my smart phone would start looking for data just because it was turned on. When I called Verizon to find out what the charges were about as I had not used the phone, they explained that I was charged roaming just for the phone doing what it does naturally when it is turned on. Who knew??? (Clearly not this techno dummy.) As I am leaving for another cruise in 4 days, I asked how to avoid this, and she told me that I should go into settings, and turn off the data setting. Then I can turn it on to use the camera without incurring roaming charges. She said this was better than putting it in airplane mode.

Foz
02-15-2012, 04:30 PM
Concur with Momma2Jax ... turn off your smartphone and use the WiFi on your iPad if you need to. Just be careful to sign off on the WiFi on your iPad when you're finished using whatever you need to use the WiFi on (best to switch to airplane mode) ...

Momma2Jax
02-15-2012, 04:38 PM
Well, I must be a techo-dummy, because I incurred $11.50 in roaming charges on my recent cruise just because I turned my phone on one day (I wanted to take a picture to post later when I got back. I did not attempt to post the picture, I just took the picture.) I made no calls and did not attempt to access the internet, but I was not aware that my smart phone would start looking for data just because it was turned on. When I called Verizon to find out what the charges were about as I had not used the phone, they explained that I was charged roaming just for the phone doing what it does naturally when it is turned on. Who knew??? (Clearly not this techno dummy.) As I am leaving for another cruise in 4 days, I asked how to avoid this, and she told me that I should go into settings, and turn off the data setting. Then I can turn it on to use the camera without incurring roaming charges. She said this was better than putting it in airplane mode.

Not a dummy! I wouldn't think it would incur charges without using it, either! I guess it would be best to turn it to airplane mode before departing at all, just in case!

kcashner
02-15-2012, 04:42 PM
Wifi on the ship is 75 cents per minute and the service is S......L...O....W! We have located internet cafes in most ports that have either free or cheap internet and use those for the "check your e-mail" occasions. If you must use it on the ship, get on, download, and get off. Compose your replies, then log on and hit "send." There is no need to pay for time while writing!

kimmypie1
02-15-2012, 04:50 PM
I am not even sure airplane mode would do the trick either. I called Verizon to ask what DH and I should do with our iPhones while on the Mexican Riviera cruise and was told that you have to disable data roaming, voice roaming and cellular data. If not she said that your phone will incur roaming charges even if turned off. I have read horror stories of massive cell bills while travelling.

Again, I am not sure if putting it in airplane mode would do the same thing, but if it did I would think she would have just instructed me to do that.

sas_mk
02-15-2012, 04:54 PM
On our recent cruise, it took my Mom 27 minutes to download one small email. She was charged an arm and a leg for that one email. When she asked Guest Services about the SLOW internet they told her that it was very normal for the internet to be that slow.

I would wait and find free wi-fi onshore if you must check in while on vacation.

Disney Dreams
02-15-2012, 04:56 PM
If you have a smartphone and are onboard the ship, it will roam periodically for updates. This will cost you - and you are doing nothing. Either turn it off or put it on airplane mode. We shut ours off and locked it in the stateroom safe for the week.

If you use it on the ship, you are not using your service, you are using the wireless service of the ship, which is very expensive and, as stated above, slow. The same is true with ipads.

DH HAD to have internet access 2x during our MR cruise. We did not want to spend time searching for and sitting in an internet cafe, although many use that option. He bought a small internet plan for the computers onboard the ship. We learned very quickly to pre-type as kashner mentioned above. Even doing that - the time went VERY quickly. It is really S-L-O-W. But if you must, it's there. If you want to spend some of your vacation in a cafe/coffee shop with internet access, just ask a few members of the cruise staff. They know where the places are in town -- many of them use them weekly. :goodvibes

- Dreams

DLW8
02-15-2012, 05:20 PM
If you aren't planning on using your smart phone at all, just turn it off and put it in the safe.

That is where we put our phones when we cruise....while I do love being able to check my emails, I feel no need to be connected while cruising the high seas!

Enjoy!

Ikaikalani
02-15-2012, 05:22 PM
I can tell you absolutely that you need to turn your phone completely off. Airplane mode is not 'turned off' and you MAY still incur roaming charges. When your phone is powered on, it is always doing things...i.e. updating, traking your position (in order for you to get calls, etc.). Also, you know when you download an app and you (well, maybe not you personally since I don't know you, but most people anyway) just click 'accept' w/o reading the terms/conditions? Well, the terms usually include a bit about auto updating, etc. and that you'll be responsible for any charges. When out of the country, if you're not on the correct international plan, you'll be charged roaming fees whenever your phone does this....like the previous poster noted. So, best bet is to simply turn it off completley and leave it be!:)

ksloane
02-15-2012, 05:35 PM
To avoid any accidental charges on our cruise, we took the batteries out of our smart phones. I didn't want to take a chance of them getting bumped as we took other things in and out of the safe and coming back on and doing any kind of connecting. Plan to do the same thing in June.

miztressuz
02-15-2012, 05:35 PM
I am not even sure airplane mode would do the trick either. I called Verizon to ask what DH and I should do with our iPhones while on the Mexican Riviera cruise and was told that you have to disable data roaming, voice roaming and cellular data. If not she said that your phone will incur roaming charges even if turned off. I have read horror stories of massive cell bills while travelling.

Again, I am not sure if putting it in airplane mode would do the same thing, but if it did I would think she would have just instructed me to do that.

not always the people on the phones are the most technologically savvy either. they have a script. and they don't always understand what's in their script.

airplane mode was created to cut off all radio traffic to the phone while on an airplane, since FAA requires this, but it allows you to access the device still. so i can not think of a reason why airplane mode would not be sufficient. on smartphones while in airplane mode you can do everything on the phone that does not require a network connection so you can still use it for a camera, etc (and we did while on the ship without getting any charges)

I think perhaps what the phone rep was trying to say is to avoid any slip ups (accidentally turning airplane mode off) to be safe you should disable all the data, roaming, etc. That way if you accidentally turn airplane mode off, the phone won't immediately start trying to sync and thus incur charges. I would think of that as a safety net (turn off all the network access and turn airplane mode on). Also, just make sure to do all this before you set sail so there is no chance for your device to roam onto a new network and get registered there. We turn it to airplane mode before we leave the dock and haven't had an issue.

IrenicMom
02-15-2012, 05:49 PM
Airplane mode disables the internal components' abilities to access/search/utilize any type of "communication" device. It's no different than turning on your computer, but not accessing WiFi, or playing a handheld video game system but not linking up.

The instant you turn airplane mode off, though, it automatically begins searching for a signal. This is where unintentional charges start piling up.

As a backup, in an iPhone, you can:
turn off location services
under location services, in system services turn off all
- Cell network search
- compass calibration
- diagnostics and usage
- location based iAds
- setting time zone
- traffic
disable push notifications
set fetch data to "manually"
turn off iMessage, MMS Messaging and Group Messaging

And lastly - under settings/general/network, turn off both cellular data AND data roaming. With those last two? It's pretty much impossible to accidentally activate the cellular network, and thus, incur fees.

Good luck and happy sailing!!

(And I keep my iPhone with me, in Airplane Mode, for those quick photo ops :thumbsup2)

BeeTeacher
02-15-2012, 06:09 PM
I am not sure how all smart phones work but this is how it works with the Iphone 4. VERIZON is my Cell carrier...

The Iphone is never really, ever, totally "off". Even if you turn it "off" it is still communicating with GPS satellites and cell towers, etc. This is why you can do things like "MAP MY RUN"--you start the run timer, then turn the iphone off, then turn it back on to end the route and check your time, etc.

SO, turning off the IPhone won't prevent the phone from communicating. While you are out at sea this may not be a problem--if there is no signal there's no signal. But when you get into a port or close enough to land for a signal to reach your phone, it will incur a roaming charge.

To avoid any ROAMING charges on the Iphone 4, put the phone on AIRPLANE MODE. The phone can then be used for camera, taking notes, entering food into your diet app, whatever. My diet app didn't work because the food catalog is online, nor did the networking feature (MY FITNESS PAL).

To be extra safe, we went to Settings--General--Network and turned "cellular data" OFF. Didn't want to take any chances!

When we got into Nassau I dropped into the Starbucks to send an email to my kids ($3/hr but the connection was fast), I turned the CELLULAR DATA back on, and left the phone in WI FI mode.

I just looked at my Verizon bill detail online, and I have NO activity from 5:15 on embarkation day to 8:30 AM on Debarkation day. So I guess it all worked.

AmandaRG
02-15-2012, 06:14 PM
I have Shipmate on my Android, and loved using it onboard the Dream! It helped me when we got turned around and when we were going from one place to another. Having my phone on airplane did not result in additional charges, and it was nice to have my camera when DH's didn't work!

LdyMags
02-15-2012, 06:39 PM
I took my Iphone on the Mexican Riviera trip last March, turned it on airplane mode, used it to take pictures all through out the trip. Had NO extra charges at all. I never turned my phone off, just left it in airplane mode.

miztressuz
02-15-2012, 06:40 PM
I am not sure how all smart phones work but this is how it works with the Iphone 4. VERIZON is my Cell carrier...

The Iphone is never really, ever, totally "off". Even if you turn it "off" it is still communicating with GPS satellites and cell towers, etc. This is why you can do things like "MAP MY RUN"--you start the run timer, then turn the iphone off, then turn it back on to end the route and check your time, etc.



that's interesting, i had not heard that before. do you have a link to an article or paper or something that states this? or was this just from experience? it would be interesting information for me to have for work.

BeeTeacher
02-15-2012, 06:55 PM
I don't have an article but I have a Geek DH...

With an old style phone if you turn it off, its off. You can't receive a text, call, etc. When you turn it on, it says "missed call".

With the Iphone, it communicates with the "mother ship" even when it is off. This is why it turns itself on to tell you "Incoming call" or "Text", "reminders", etc. I use the Map My Run often, but I turn the phone off. I also use the timer often but starting it, then turning off the phone and then back on when I want to see how much time has passed (use this for homework reading).

On the ship I used the phone for camera, alarm clock, map my run (on the bikes) and the SHIP MATE maps. There are NO charges or activity from Feb 2-Feb 5, and I did use the phone for WiFi email and facebook at the Nassau Starbucks.

You can google it--there are many sites that discuss this. We were concerned the WIFi would mess us up, so I actually brought my old Ipod Touch just in case. A little research in the car on the way down made me realize we didn't need to bother with that.

As far as we can tell, the only way to really have an Iphone 100% Off, is to remove the battery!

Now I don't know how the droids and other smart phones work...

I will say--it was so nice that no one could call. Or text. Or email. Lol!

crzy4dals
02-15-2012, 07:02 PM
I don't have an article but I have a Geek DH...

With an old style phone if you turn it off, its off. You can't receive a text, call, etc. When you turn it on, it says "missed call".

With the Iphone, it communicates with the "mother ship" even when it is off. This is why it turns itself on to tell you "Incoming call" or "Text", "reminders", etc. .......
If you actually turn it off you will not get any notifications until you turn it back on. Turning off the iphone is done by pressing the home button and the top button until you get a screen that says slide to power off. By pressing only the top button is like putting the phone in sleep mode and it still communicates with your cell provider.

As far as we can tell, the only way to really have an Iphone 100% Off, is to remove the battery!


I have been on a couple cruises with my Iphone and always just put it in airplane mode - cuts off the cellular network. And I use the phone for any games, music, books, apps. I have done this in the Med, Mexican Riv, Panama Canal repo and Bahamas. NO fees....

All of my comments are in red.

miztressuz
02-15-2012, 07:02 PM
hm, I did Google but couldn't find anything. i guess i'm not using the right terms. i was looking for 'verizon iphone uses data while powered off' and the like. i had just not heard of the iphone using data/transmitting after you have selected the 'power off' option. so i was hoping you knew a place i could reference. i work with smartphones for my job but haven't worked on an iPhone project in a while so if i was missing new info i'd like to catch up.

i'll keep an eye/ear out now.

ETA: Ah I skimmed the reply the first time, but rereading- by the behavior mentioned "I also use the timer often but starting it, then turning off the phone and then back on when I want to see how much time has passed (use this for homework reading)." this seems more like the 'sleep mode'? Where you just press the power button and the screen goes dark? or are you pressing and holding the power button and selecting the 'power off' option (or sliding or whatever they're doing now)

BeeTeacher
02-15-2012, 07:03 PM
So I googled it, cuz I was curious--

YES, you can turn off an Iphone! WHo knew! WHat I call "off" is really "sleep".

http://ipod.about.com/od/iphonehowtos/qt/turn_off_iphone.htm

But still--Airplane mode will work and prevent you from getting charges. If you don't have it in airplane, it will try to find signal and update your locations and clock, texts, etc.

ALSBC91
02-15-2012, 07:17 PM
I put my phone in airplane mode and had no charges...

Funny story....I had turned my phone on in Key West so that I could post pictures of DH and I at the Southernmost point buoy to my FB page. I also had to check email one last time before turning the phone off for the rest of our trip. Well, seems I forgot to turn the phone off when we went to bed. At 2am, my wake up alarm, a rooster crowing, (which was set for 7am) went off. We were in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, and my phone thought it was 7am somewhere! Having heard roosters crowing all day at Key West, at first we couldn't figure out where the rooster in the cabin was.

miztressuz
02-15-2012, 07:23 PM
So I googled it, cuz I was curious--

YES, you can turn off an Iphone! WHo knew! WHat I call "off" is really "sleep".

http://ipod.about.com/od/iphonehowtos/qt/turn_off_iphone.htm

But still--Airplane mode will work and prevent you from getting charges. If you don't have it in airplane, it will try to find signal and update your locations and clock, texts, etc.

oh cool, thanks for the update. like i said i haven't worked with the verizon iphones and wanted to be more informed in case that was a Verizon quirk.

old blackberry's had a similar quirk - I don't believe they actually transmitted data, but it would say 'powered off' but it wasn't fully off and would drain your battery. there was no way around it, blackberry's at the time were expected to be on all the time and so to keep a fast boot up time, they didn't fully close everything off. you knew the difference if you pulled the battery - takes 2-3 minutes to boot up a blackberry when it was REALLY off versus the 20-30 seconds after it was just turned off :)

Billinaz
02-15-2012, 07:34 PM
I can tell you absolutely that you need to turn your phone completely off. Airplane mode is not 'turned off' and you MAY still incur roaming charges. When your phone is powered on, it is always doing things...i.e. updating, traking your position (in order for you to get calls, etc.). Also, you know when you download an app and you (well, maybe not you personally since I don't know you, but most people anyway) just click 'accept' w/o reading the terms/conditions? Well, the terms usually include a bit about auto updating, etc. and that you'll be responsible for any charges. When out of the country, if you're not on the correct international plan, you'll be charged roaming fees whenever your phone does this....like the previous poster noted. So, best bet is to simply turn it off completley and leave it be!:)

Must not be talking about an apple product?

When you enable airplane mode from the Settings screen, an airplane icon (http://km.support.apple.com/library/APPLE/APPLECARE_ALLGEOS/HT1355/305975_2.png) appears in the status bar at the top of the screen and the following wireless connections and services are turned off:

Cellular (voice and data)
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
GPS
Location services

ilovetexas
02-15-2012, 07:49 PM
This is funny. Our life has been made so much "easier" by these gadgets and now we get to spend time worrying about how to make sure they don't torture us while on vacation.

Maybe I'll just toss my iPhone into the Caribbean and see how well it transmits from down there!

Namsupak
02-15-2012, 07:57 PM
I just wanted to point out a few things about the iphone as this is the phone we are familiar with. We also use AT&T.

...I can tell you absolutely that you need to turn your phone completely off. Airplane mode is not 'turned off' and you MAY still incur roaming charges. ... So, best bet is to simply turn it off completely and leave it be!:)

Airplane mode will prevent the phone from sending or receiving calls and data. The problem as another poster pointed out is that the phone can accidentally be put back into regular mode. It is when this happens that charges may occur as the phone is searching for a network. Being a smartphone it uses a good amount of data doing this.

...

The Iphone is never really, ever, totally "off". Even if you turn it "off" it is still communicating with GPS satellites and cell towers, etc. This is why you can do things like "MAP MY RUN"--you start the run timer, then turn the iphone off, then turn it back on to end the route and check your time, etc.
...

To avoid any ROAMING charges on the Iphone 4, put the phone on AIRPLANE MODE.

To be extra safe, we went to Settings--General--Network and turned "cellular data" OFF. Didn't want to take any chances!

...

The iphone actually can be turned off, if you power it off, you hold the power button down until the slider comes up which says "slide to power off". When it is powered off and not just in standby there are no signals that you are charged for coming to or from the phone. I agree about the airplane mode as noted above.

I also agree about the turning cellular data off, if you are going to use airplane mode and are worried that you may accidentally turn airplane mode off, then yes this is an excellent idea. Turn off the location services and turn off cellular data. If you have a previous version of iphone os you can also turn off 3g separately.

To avoid any accidental charges on our cruise, we took the batteries out of our smart phones. I didn't want to take a chance of them getting bumped as we took other things in and out of the safe and coming back on and doing any kind of connecting. Plan to do the same thing in June.

Certainly taking the batteries out is the similar to turning the phone off. However you may be able to do this on most smartphones but the iphone is sealed.

We have been on several disney cruises where we kept our phones on and also we spent a few days at DLP. So I just wanted to point out a couple of things that we did.

We usually use our phones for music and videos so we use airplane mode for any phones that we are not planning to make phone calls with. As a precaution we turn off location services and cellular data before enabling airplane mode. We have never been charged for this in the past 4 cruises.

If we use DH's phone for calls we do the same, turn off location services and cellular data. The phone can still get a signal for calls and regular texts but the multimedia texting is off (can't text photos or videos), we don't' check email or use the internet (obviously as we turned data off). We simply use the phone to send and receive phone calls and texts. How much does this cost? Well it depends on where you use the phone. But say for example you are just using it on the cruise ship you will be using the Cellular at Sea Service unless you are near a port. The cost is $2.49 for calls received and placed (missed calls don't normally count, but remember no visual voicemail if you turn data off), Text Messages are sent at $0.50, received texts are billed based upon the plan you have at home. So the cost is not that bad. You actually don't even need the international cellular plan or the international text plan since cellular at sea is excluded from these programs.

If your scenarios changes then you have to base your pricing for data and voice on the country you are in, here is the att site to give you an idea of those costs HERE (http://www.wireless.att.com/learn/international/roaming/international-roaming.jsp).

I think that there are just a lot of accidents and misconceptions about actually using an iphone or similar smartphone.


Turning the phone off - this means actually powering it off or taking the battery out.
Standby - people off think this is off because the screen is off, but the phone is on just waiting for you.
Airplane mode - this mode disables the voice and data signal as well as wifi - no charges for this mode, and interesting you still have to turn it off even though this is an airplane mode.


Like I said before we have done this on several cruises and on our trip to Paris and Barcelona. We usually count on a few phone calls during the trip, the most we have spent is about $50 above our regular phone bill. If calls are not your concern then airplane mode with caution or powering your phone off will save you the trouble.

extechie rbd/wdt
02-15-2012, 08:55 PM
All of the advice about turning airplane mode on, Cellular data off, Data Roaming off, and how to actually turn the iPhone off is all good advice.

But be aware, even in Airplane mode (which turn's off BlueTooth and WiFi automatically) it is possible to go to: Settings > Wi-Fi, then turn Wi-Fi on and choose a Wi-Fi network and if you have already connected to the ship's WiFi network, it will automatically re-connect.

Those with toddlers and young kid's will know how apt they are with iPhones/Smart Phones and I am still stunned at how they can easily operate them, and in most cases better that the parent owner! :rotfl:

If you allow your child to use an iPhone or iPod Touch etc for games and the like on the cruise, remember to delete the WiFi connection afterwards on a iPhone: Wi-Fi settings, tap the blue ">" icon and choose to Forget this network.

You will have to re-enter the password next time YOU want to connect and use the WiFi connection, but Angry Bird's won't be able to use up your already paid for, or paying for WiFi time!

Ex Techie :)

BeeTeacher
02-15-2012, 09:05 PM
Yes--what many of us call "off" is sleep.

But if you DONT set the phone to airplane mode and ONLY Power it off, it will incur roaming charges if you turn the phone on to check time, use the Disney Ship Mate app for maps, listen to music, alarms, etc.

Airplane mode is safe, and its not that easy to accidentally take it out of airplane mode.

I used my phone alot on our recent cruise--camera, ship mate, the notepad for taking notes for my trip report...

I will add here that the ipod docs on the dream did not hold the iphone, but it did charge my original ipod (the white one) that I brought with us. Maybe the Fantasy will have the correct dock size?

Namsupak
02-15-2012, 09:11 PM
Good advice Ex Techie

extechie rbd/wdt
02-15-2012, 09:27 PM
It's like the consensus group said make a iPhone/iPod/iPad useable by a 3 yr old!!!! :rotfl::rotfl2::rotfl:

Someone said to me KISS once. Keep It Simple Stupid and I think that must have been the success to OSX! :lmao:

Even my Mom can use my iPhone! :rotfl2::thumbsup2
And friend's with 2 yr old's have app's on their iPhones for the kid's to use and they are more dexterous, and more capable than I! :scared1:

Ex Techie :)

Momma2Jax
02-16-2012, 12:00 AM
It's like the consensus group said make a iPhone/iPod/iPad useable by a 3 yr old!!!! :rotfl::rotfl2::rotfl:

Someone said to me KISS once. Keep It Simple Stupid and I think that must have been the success to OSX! :lmao:

Even my Mom can use my iPhone! :rotfl2::thumbsup2
And friend's with 2 yr old's have app's on their iPhones for the kid's to use and they are more dexterous, and more capable than I! :scared1:

Ex Techie :)

It's true! My 3 year old has done some things on my iPhone that I didn't know existed! :scared1: We also gave him our old iPod touch for toddler games, etc... and were very careful to turn off all data, keep it in airplane mode, turn off in-app purchases, disconnect our iTunes email from it, and make it so he can't open Safari, iTunes, or the App store...and he still scares me! :laughing:

DisneyMouseHouse
02-16-2012, 06:46 PM
We've been on two separate cruises, one to Eastern Caribbean, one to Med. Since we own our own business, we HAVE to keep "reachable" even when gone. Use T-Mobile and at the time a "Crackberry". They had a data plan for the cruise lines ($20/month and could be pro-rated for a partial month, even the week).

Service during the Caribbean cruise was actually decent, and we were able to send/receive e-mails without a problem (Disney Magic).

However, when we went on the Med, service was almost non-existent and we had to wait until we got close enough to a port for the ship to get any signal at all.............

We now have Android phones, we plan on taking them and getting the roaming data plan for them. It cost us only about $7 each as we paid for one day before and one day after just to make sure we were covered.

Note that this does NOT cover phone calls, but there is rarely something that comes up at work that can't be handled over e-mail or texting (which is what the data plan covered, no surfing, etc, etc)

Hope this helps or gives you some more info!

Donald_Quackers
02-16-2012, 07:04 PM
I have been on a couple cruises with my Iphone and always just put it in airplane mode - cuts off the cellular network. And I use the phone for any games, music, books, apps. I have done this in the Med, Mexican Riv, Panama Canal repo and Bahamas. NO fees....

All of my comments are in red.


Actually, holding the lock button and the home button will force a restart of the phone. The other poster was correct, just hold the lock button until you see "slide to power off".

extechie rbd/wdt
02-16-2012, 07:16 PM
Actually, holding the lock button and the home button will force a restart of the phone. The other poster was correct, just hold the lock button until you see "slide to power off".

On My iPhone 4, holding the lock button and home button down, forces the phone to shut down, not restart. A bit like holding the power button down on a PC/Laptop.
I have to press the lock button again afterwards to get mine to re-boot?

Ex Techie :)

Billinaz
02-16-2012, 10:26 PM
Holding the power button and home button is the way you hard reboot an iphone. Sometimes, it does not come all the way back appears to be off.

I go thru this many time when jailbreaking my idevices.

Using SBsettings is a great way to have all the data, wifi, 3g, airplane mode, etc controls just a finger swipe away.

extechie rbd/wdt
02-16-2012, 10:37 PM
Holding the power button and home button is the way you hard reboot an iphone. Sometimes, it does not come all the way back appears to be off.

I go thru this many time when jailbreaking my idevices.

Using SBsettings is a great way to have all the data, wifi, 3g, airplane mode, etc controls just a finger swipe away.

Just tried that several time's on my iPhone 4 and pressing and holding the Lock button and Home until the screen turn's off/goes black, seem's to turn it off.

Pressing and holding the Lock button and Home until the screen turn's off/goes black and a few second's more seem's to make it re-boot!

(probably not the best thing to do! lol!)

Never knew that Billinaz! Thanks for the info as I always waited after it crashed then pressed the Lock button again to turn it back on :thumbsup2

Ex Techie :)

Momma2Jax
02-17-2012, 12:56 AM
Just tried that several time's on my iPhone 4 and pressing and holding the Lock button and Home until the screen turn's off/goes black, seem's to turn it off.

Pressing and holding the Lock button and Home until the screen turn's off/goes black and a few second's more seem's to make it re-boot!

(probably not the best thing to do! lol!)

Never knew that Billinaz! Thanks for the info as I always waited after it crashed then pressed the Lock button again to turn it back on :thumbsup2

Ex Techie :)

::yes:: I have had to do this a few times to reset it after it has frozen (before trading for a new one, my first one had issues) The tech support guy told me to hold it for several seconds after it turns off, like you said. It works wonders for when it freezes or is acting crazy! :thumbsup2

extechie rbd/wdt
02-17-2012, 01:06 AM
::yes:: I have had to do this a few times to reset it after it has frozen (before trading for a new one, my first one had issues) The tech support guy told me to hold it for several seconds after it turns off, like you said. It works wonders for when it freezes or is acting crazy! :thumbsup2

Fortunately I only have to re-boot it once every couple of months! (3-4 on average)

Amazing really when you think it is a small computer and cell phone with the computing power of massive computer's less than 10 year's ago!

Steve Jobs and Apple :woohoo::love:

Ex Techie :)

UK-Simon
02-17-2012, 02:15 AM
This entire thread seems to remind me of my wife; if she's not in "sleep mode", she's costing me money!!
:rotfl::goodvibes

mks001
02-17-2012, 09:58 AM
This is all making my head spin.

My vote for the phone/pad - Get on the ship turn off, get off the ship turn on.

Billinaz
02-17-2012, 01:56 PM
This entire thread seems to remind me of my wife; if she's not in "sleep mode", she's costing me money!!
:rotfl::goodvibes


And good luck with the mute button !

wmharley
02-17-2012, 02:26 PM
We will be going in Nassau in a few months and I've got a Droid Incredible2.

I will call to activate the global features (in case), but keep my phone on airplane mode, plus deactivate the data network, wifi, GPS, and turn off the autosync feature for my emails. Then unless i need it, it will be off.

We have a much better camera to worry about using the phone.

Will be nice to get away for a week.

CCGMatt
02-17-2012, 03:37 PM
In Nassau, Cruiseradio.net lists a few places for free WiFi:

Regarding Festival Place, I was there recently on a Carnival cruise, which stays overnight in Nassau. As I was walking to Senor Frog's at 10PM, there were about 40 people sitting outside the entrance to the building, all lit by the glows from their iPads and laptops. It was really creepy, actually.

"1. Festival Place: Right when you get off the cruise ship, go to the center of the shopping plaza (you have to walk through it to leave) and you can grab some free WiFi. This is one of the most popular spots so dont expect top speed.

2. Dunkin Donuts: Located right off of Bay Street, a lot of crew members go here to Skype and call home because of the strong bandwidth.

3. Conch Fritters: You cant go to Nassau without getting seafood or conch fritters, right? You can expect to pay about $10 a plate for some local seafood and you can jump on the free WiFi, too. Located off Blue Hill Road in Nassau. All the locals can direct you to this popular venue.

4. McDonalds: Located on West Bay Street, just a short walking distance from the cruise pier. This is pretty much standard at all McDonalds.

5. Cable Beach Casino: If you want to spend the day at Cable Beach and soak up the sun, you can grab some free wireless in the lobby of Cable Beach Casino."