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Old 09-02-2012, 03:06 PM   #16
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:05 AM   #17
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We returned yesterday and DH and myself used the wifi in the parks and at OKW successfully. We do not have data roaming so were sure we could only download on wifi. DH has an andriod and I have a Blackberry and we had no issues with either it was very useful to have. Hope this helps. Oh and it is very slow at times.
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:15 AM   #18
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get skype or magic jack for your phone and you can make and receive calls on your phone connected to wifi
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:21 PM   #19
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Read this thread last night and tried the removing SIM trick (Sony Neo). Worked a treat.

Picked up one of those Playbook things on offer in Currys this morning. That will do the job for surfing in room, then use the phone for TP's Lines and whatever else I choose while in the parks. With MK and Epcot having the wifi, the other two should be done by January for my trip.

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Old 09-08-2012, 06:01 PM   #20
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Hello, can anyone offer me some advic please? I have an iPhone 4 and I'm absolutely rubbish with technology.

I want to use my phone to text in Florida (I know they will cost me close to 40 pence per text)

I would live to be able to connect to the internet in the parks and OKW for free, if I turn off data roaming is this all I need to do to view the Internet for free? Can I use my apps like Facebook too?

How do I connect, is a password needed?

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Old 09-08-2012, 06:37 PM   #21
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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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Old 09-09-2012, 01:32 AM   #22
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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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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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i have a special SIM to use in the US.

to use the US SIM i have to have data roaming on, but it doesn't matter as i don't have a data package on that SIM.
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what an amazing thread, I've got a samsung and would love to use it for data roaming/google mail but am scared of the huge charges. Now I know that i can just take my sim out and be guaranteed safe - yippee : thank you.
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what an amazing thread, I've got a samsung and would love to use it for data roaming/google mail but am scared of the huge charges. Now I know that i can just take my sim out and be guaranteed safe - yippee : thank you.
I take it your Samsung is Android-based? This trick will work with all Android phones regardless of manufacturer. Alternatively, the other way if you're worried about losing the SIM is to activate Flight Mode and turn on the Wifi.

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yes it is android - can't believe I didn't use it last year out of fear
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Next time you'll be fine!

I can't stress this enough to anyone that is reading this thread.... if you have ANY internet-connected smartphone running on BB (BlackBerry), iOS (iPhone), Android or Windows:

If you do not have data turned off (or disabled on your tariff), the phone will talk to the internet several times a day. Could be for anything from syncing email to checking for updates. If this happens (and it will) when in the US, you'll get massive data roaming charges. Make sure you turn off packet data / internet access / 3G / HDSPA!!!!

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Next time you'll be fine!

I can't stress this enough to anyone that is reading this thread.... if you have ANY internet-connected smartphone running on BB (BlackBerry), iOS (iPhone), Android or Windows:

If you do not have data turned off (or disabled on your tariff), the phone will talk to the internet several times a day. Could be for anything from syncing email to checking for updates. If this happens (and it will) when in the US, you'll get massive data roaming charges. Make sure you turn off packet data / internet access / 3G / HDSPA!!!!

Fab. I haven't ever taken my smartphone out of fear of the charges, but I never thought of removing the sim and just using wifi...duh. I've recently upgraded to a Galaxy S2 (from a BB) and I was hoping to be able to use the wifi in the parks and also have it as an extra camera. Of course, it now means taking yet another charger
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I can't help wondering, having seen the same questions re wi-fi come up again and again, if this is worth an FAQ - WiFi & phones when abroad sticky?

In the advent of technology and the ability to 'I-message', Skype & Facebook message etc back home (or whilst with others in your party in FL) and avoid expensive costs that a little guide to help would not go a miss.

Perhaps some tips on good apps etc... I would be happy to help with iPhone etc.. If some others can assist with android on HTC/Samsung - and some general feedback on useful apps.

After all, we are a technology based community - so helping our fellow dissers in this area only seems appropriate!
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