How to not get charged for data when I'm in the US

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I am going to the US for 20 days tomorrow and plan to buy the month's talk and text add-on plan to avoid roaming charges.  I am not buying any add-on data.  I have my phone linked to my yahoomail account and my facebook account so it chimes every time an email message comes in or a facebook notification.  Will this incur data charges while I am in the States?  Do I need to disable these features?  How can I have the phone turned on for talk and text use, yet not  incur charges for data use?  What is classified as data use, actually?  Is it only viewing the emails, or just having them come in?
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Karla Wubbenhorst

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It would help greatly if you mentioned what phone you have. But on iPhone, settings -> cellular -> data roaming. Make sure its off. As long as thats off, you wont be able to use data in the states and won't incur and roaming data charges.

On android, go into settings, mobile network(or Mobile data) and you should see the option of data roaming, make sure that is off.


Data use is classified as ANY data use. Contacting the email servers uses data, so does pushing the email to the phone. So does anything requiring information to be sent or received
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Just would like to know if i have this international data roaming add-on does it means i will be able to use my 3gb data included in my plan while travelling outside canada like the philippines?
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Hi Kazel,

No it does not. The international roaming add-ons give you a set amount of data you can use while away. You need to stay within that limit.
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If i get the 150MB data talk and text plan for 3 days in the U.S., and only use data for Uber or to look at web pages, how fast will that get eaten up? And how do I prevent other apps from jumping in and using up the data? Thanks!
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How much data do you usually use in a month?  You may be able to gauge your use from there.

Most phones allow you to determine in the Settings App which Apps can access the cellular network. You could restrict the phone to Uber and Browser Apps for your stay.
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Also keep in mind that you won't be able to send or recieve picture messages with your data disabled so no sending pics of your trip to ppl without turning on your data which usually will have other things like notifications and widget refreshes use data while your data is on for that short time to send or recieve a picture.
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Thank you Ahmad and Paul.  I have an older blackberry.  It's the blackberry bold, forget the model number, 9700 maybe?  I don't see anything that says "data" in settings, but under manage connections there's a thing to "turn all connections off" would that be it?
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Oh wait a minute, I think I've got it:  Options->Networks and connections->Mobile network->Data services (on/off) while roaming (on/off/prompt), Turning both those to "off" should do it, eh?
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You got it :)  Just turn off Data Services
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If you turn both of them off, just remember when you come back to Canada to turn on data services if you want your data to work when you come back
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I have purchased the Koodo add on for text and voice while we are in the States. Do I now have to turn my roaming off or on while we are there?
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Hey Doug! We suggest turning off the data roaming while you're abroad if you don't have a data plan as it can make sure that you don't get charged for data.  Hope this helps :)!
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Hi, I need to use Data while in the US roaming, any suggestions?
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Buy an add-which includes data, or unlock your phone and buy service from a US carrier if your data needs exceed that offered by the add-ones.
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If your phone is unlocked, you do have the luxury of sim-swapping with a pre-paid option from a US carrier. For a 20 day trip, that'd likely be more cost-effective. Koodo does offer unlock codes for those travelling, best to get unlock code from carrier for iPhones.