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Old 09-02-2012, 06:44 AM   #1
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Free Wi-Fi on UK phones

We've seen that there is now free wi-fi in resorts and in Magic Kingdom and Epcot. When reading the info on the park wi-fi it always seems to say it supports specific service providers (t-mobile, verizon, etc). Does anyone know if UK phones work on the free resort and/or park wi-fi? I've got an HTC Desire on Virgin network and wasn't going to take it as I doubt I would use it much and don't want to risk losing it but if there is free wi-fi available that will work on my phone then I would use it for the Disney apps that I have, obviously turning off all roaming so I don't get any charges. Has anyone used a UK phone with the free wi-fi?
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:49 AM   #2
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It does.

Some of our DISers are out there at the moment and have been using the wifi.

Wifi doesn't work through a network so as long as your phone is wifi capbable, you will be able to connect and use it
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:53 AM   #3
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Thankyou, that's what I thought but it confused me when it started saying it supported specific networks, wondered if they were doing like the openzone where you have to be on a specific network to connect to it. That's great news then, I will take my phone and turn off everything that could possibly cost me money and just use it for wi-fi! So much for promising the kids I wouldn't use computers or phones this holiday!!!
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:59 AM   #4
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Thankyou, that's what I thought but it confused me when it started saying it supported specific networks, wondered if they were doing like the openzone where you have to be on a specific network to connect to it. That's great news then, I will take my phone and turn off everything that could possibly cost me money and just use it for wi-fi! So much for promising the kids I wouldn't use computers or phones this holiday!!!
I'm not planning to use mine a lot, but it will be nice to keep in touch with friends and family without adding money to my account to send texts. I will just turn off the network and roaming data so the handset works only through wifi. There is nothing that can't wait for a place to connect. We've done enough trips without it not to let it be an issue, but it is a nice extra to have for those times you want to check something. First time I really felt hard done by as an international guest was at a MNSSHP last year when I was trying to remember where to find specific characters from a thread that was running on the DIS. A guest behind me spotted my DIS tag on my bag and we started chatting and she just looked it up for me. I thought it rude that they got to check stuff like that and we needed to remortgage a property to pay for it
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:34 AM   #5
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My understanding is that you turn off the 3g and data roaming (for an iphone) before you board the plane and keep that off until you land and just keep wifi on, hope i am right.
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:53 AM   #6
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My understanding is that you turn off the 3g and data roaming (for an iphone) before you board the plane and keep that off until you land and just keep wifi on, hope i am right.
That's what I was thinking too.
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:37 PM   #7
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Turn data roaming off as you can incur data charges when you don't realise especially with smart phones.
Turn on WiFi where WiFi is available and it should give you various connections for you to connect too.Im not 100% but in Disney I don't think there's a password but hopefully someone who's used it could clarify this.
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Turn data roaming off as you can incur data charges when you don't realise especially with smart phones.
Turn on WiFi where WiFi is available and it should give you various connections for you to connect too.Im not 100% but in Disney I don't think there's a password but hopefully someone who's used it could clarify this.
Yep, turn off data roaming and you're good to go - you'll still get the normal mobile network for calls and texts (but not picture messages as these use the data network), and on goes the wifi.

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Old 09-09-2012, 03:37 AM   #9
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We had 2 iphone4 with us in August. Mine is set up not to work abroad (so I have no worries). However DDs new iphone4 was fully set up to work & call (the way she texts I started to panic! I turned off 3G , data roaming and cellular - we sent a few texts costing a total of £3 but saw no other charges on our bill so it worked fine.

We did find the WiFi in Magic Kingdom & Epcot to actually be better than the resort! (CBR)
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Yep, turn off data roaming and you're good to go - you'll still get the normal mobile network for calls and texts (but not picture messages as these use the data network), and on goes the wifi.

The problem is I will probably be too scared to even try and connect to wifi using my iPhone. I really want to try it but I've heard so many stories of phone bills costing people £1000 and more I think I will be too worried to take the chance!
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A lot to take in on this thread to someone who is ok with technology but still unsure if what he is going to do is will be fine for his iphone4, so i understand those with extra worries.

To confirm my set up, IF i go into Settings > General > Network

My existing settings read

Enable 3G On
Cellular Data On
Data Roaming Off
Personal Hotspot Off
VPN Not Connected
Wi-Fi On obviiusly

Would i be correct in saying all i need to do when travelling and avoid the huge bills is to only turn Cellular Data Off, or is there something else i should be doing?

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When I took my iPhone to the US last year, I was terrified of running up huge data roaming charges, so I spent quite a bit of time researching the steps I needed to take. In the end, it was pretty straight-forward. All that's needed is to switch off data roaming before boarding the aircraft. Being overly cautious I did check the settings several times during the trip.

From 1st July this year, operators are obliged to send a warning when you're nearing €50 of data downloads (or your pre-agreed level). You will then have to confirm you are happy to go over this level. Travelling within the EU provides even more stringent safeguards by imposing caps for data charges.
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This might seem a silly question, (I'm rubbish with technology!) but on my iPhone 4 if I turn it onto aeroplane mode will that turn everything off? I've tested to see if I can get wifi on aeroplane mode and i can. But just wondering if it will turn everything else off? Or should I just manually go through and turn everything but wifi off? Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:26 AM   #14
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Putting it onto airplane mode then just putting the wifi back on is fine.
Don't forget you won't receive any calls/texts though

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Right! I have Settings > General > Network

Then my IPhone 4 has Enable 3G, Mobile Data, Mobile Data Network (Which has further options if I click on it), Data Roaming, Personal Hotspot, VPN and Wifi (which is connected to my own home wifi).

Apart from Mobile Data Network and Wifi the other options only have the choice of on or off!

Thank you for your help!
Yep, so turn off Enable 3G, which would probably disable the rest of the options, but if it doesn't, turn everything else off apart from Wifi.

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Putting it onto airplane mode then just putting the wifi back on is fine.
Don't forget you won't receive any calls/texts though


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