Data roamingThe iPhone is sexed up to be a do anything anywhere type of device. In the U-S, where cellular carriers treat the entire nation like one area code, with cheap and competitive price plans, it’s easy to take your iPhone from LA to Las Vegas and still fire up all the applications and email capability you would at home.

In Canada, however, moving that iPhone just a few inches across the border could instantly crack your bill wide open with data roaming charges.

I recently took my iPhone to Las Vegas. Before leaving I turned off the data roaming feature. This doesnt turn the phone off, but it will stop it from constantly checking for email or data on any applications you may be running. [contd]


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With data turned off, your Jesus Phone instantly becomes just a regular old door stopper that any other manufacturer may have made. You have castrated your iPhone, you have taken all it’s potent power and rendered it useless.

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The only way to get the iPhone back up to speed, without breaking the bank with your bill, is by scoping out free WiFi.

In Las Vegas, hotels charge $15 a day for access to their wireless services, better than what you’d be paying if you turned your phone on, but still ridiculous. I sought out free WiFi in Las Vegas and stumbled into it many unlikely places, including inside Bally’s, Planet Hollywood and New York New York.

If you’re travelling to the U-S and you’ve got an iPhone, be prepared to travel back in time to the era of phones with just text and voice. There will be no twitter, no live updating of hockey scores, or scanning email while waiting at a taxi stand.

Your iPhone will be perfect for talking and texting, and that’s about it.

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