Use Airplane Mode to prevent extra data cell charges
By Robert. Zucker, Entertainment Magazine
There are times that you do not want to have a cellular connection but still want to use your device. The Airplane Mode on your iPhone is used to disconnect your phone from a cellular connection.
If you are on an airplane, or in an area with roaming charges, you can turn off your cell connection and avoid any data charges to your cellular account.
Once your iPhone's Airplane Mode is disabled, you can use your iPhone/iPod to listen to music, watch videos, shoot photos and video, and use some apps that do not require a wireless network.
The Airplane Mode is the only way the airlines will allow the use of an iPhone, IPad or other cellular device while flying. Some airlines now offer Wi-Fi connections for a fee.
FAA to allow use in Airplane Mode during take-off/landing
UPDATE: Airlines will soon allow passengers to use their e-books, play games and watch videos on their devices during "all phases of flight," the FAA announced. That means your device can remain on, but still in Airplane Mode- to disable cell phone and web use until the plane is in flight. Each airline will set its own rules.
How to put your iPhone in Airplane Mode
To make sure your iPhone is not charged for on-air use by your carrier when you get a phone call, Voice Mail, push notifications or email, switch ON the Airplane Mode. This prevents your carrier from automatically checking apps and other activities that will initiate charges on your bill.
To activate Airplane Mode:
To shut off AM, tap the ON and it will switch to OFF.
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Keep Airplane Mode on to avoid charges overseas
The best way to avoid all roaming charges and to use your iPhone as an iPod is to put your iPhone into "Airplane Mode" when you are outside the country.
While using your iPhone outside the country you can also accidently activate automatic email checking or other wireless actions, such as stock or weather reports, YouTube or GoogleMaps if your iPhone is not on Airplane Mode.
When you want to check messages, mail or surf the web, go to a Wi-Fi spot later for free.
The standard AT&T plan in the U.S. does not cover phone call and data usage outside of a home country. This probably applies also if you live outside of the U.S. and you have a cell phone plan for your iPhone through a different carrier. Check your Terms and Usage Agreement for coverage before you travel.
When you turn off the iPhone calls will go to voice mail. You are charged when you turn your iPhone on and it automatically check for .
This happens when you turn your phone on and it registers on the roaming country network. Deactivate voice mail when travelling and only accept the calls you need.
Without Airplane Mode any cell phone use, Internet or email use will cost extra outside your home country.
The iPhone's Airplane Mode shuts off all cellular and wireless 3G, EDGE or Wi-Fi features on the iPhone. When the iPhone is Airplane Mode, it can be still be used as a digital playing device on airplanes, when allowed by aircraft laws.
Airplane Mode also disables cellular calling features. All received calls will go to Voice Mail. Calls cannot be made while the iPhone is in Airplane Mode. Read more about using an iPhone while travelling overseas.
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Use Airplane Mode to turn your iPhone into an iPod
If you want to just play music, watch downloaded videos or use apps that do not require a wireless connection, Airplane Mode disables any wireless activity. If you accidently open your email to read a stored message or tap an app that needs a GPS or wireless connection, it will be prevented from going online.