I'm heading out internationally and do not want to drum up a large phone bill by taking calls while I'm away, yet I would like to have the phone to use over WiFi - FaceTime, iMessage etc.

Is there a way to turn off the phone function while keeping the ability to receive SMS messages?

  • Turn on airplane mode. Then activate Wi-Fi.
    – gentmatt
    Apr 1, 2012 at 8:35
  • I will not be able to receive messages, its just the calls I do not want. Apr 1, 2012 at 8:36
  • You were talking about iMessages tough. Then you should edit your question and add SMS.
    – gentmatt
    Apr 1, 2012 at 8:36
  • one step ahead. Apr 1, 2012 at 8:37
  • Isn't it true that only if you get the call do you get charged? So you just ignore all incoming calls and that's fine.
    – Blaszard
    Jun 30, 2017 at 21:12

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Set call forwarding to forward calls directly to your voice mail or your home number (assuming you have an answering machine). As long as you do this before leaving the country it should not result in huge roaming bills. You will still get SMS though, and data roaming may cost a lot as well.

  • I will not have data on I can turn that off, so the charges for 3G should not apply, does recieving a Voicemail result in data use> Apr 1, 2012 at 8:41
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    I haven't tried this yet but I think Voicemail gets delivered over data (and not over WiFi). Best to try this before you go for the trip.
    – nohillside
    Apr 1, 2012 at 8:44
  • Surely that would only apply if your service provider provided visual voicemail? In my case it doesn't. Apr 1, 2012 at 9:33
  • That is correct, but the assumption has to be made without knowing otherwise, as it is seen as a default feature.
    – stuffe
    Apr 1, 2012 at 11:20
  • If your carrier doesn't support visual voicemal, you won't "receive" voicemail (in the sense of having the actual audio transmitted to your phone).
    – nohillside
    Apr 1, 2012 at 14:59

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