I've searched the TA Forum and only see questions about cell and interenet use from long ago.
I love my iPhone but ATT rates are exorbitant to bring it abroad for a few weeks and use for checking email, using interenet and calling.
I don't plan to use it to keep in touch with home/office much.I occasionally email during 2/3 weeks away. Main purpose isinternet to search places to stay/things to do and to call to book hotels, maybe call day tour, winery, call hotel if my companion and I are doing different things, etc.
People talk about unlocking your phone---ATT store said no, I have to buy their data plan. ANd then calls were over $1 per minute (in Italy, guessing comparable rate in Africa). I don't understand how to buy SIM on ebay, etc.
Here are a couple of ideas/questions:
1. Can I bring iPhone and not replace SIM card to call and use internet? Internet: Someone said never turn on 3G out of the US--keep it on "airplane mode", effectively only using internet in free or password-purchased spots. Can I also use it to call w/o dealing with ATT in the US? I'm sure the cost will be high on calls, but will it work on their network, or must I change SIM card and do whatever it is one must do to use the phone to call?
2. In Italy last year, I just bought a cheap Italian cell phone which came in so handy. Loved it. Rechargeable minutes at tabbachi shops. Do they sell cheap pre-paid type cells in Capetown, and I'd just go to internet cafe for occasioanl internet use?
I am S-L-O-W technologically! Please respond accordingly so I have some clue what you mean. Thanks!