How to avoid roaming all together


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going to mexico and still want to bring smart phone so i can take pictures and listen to music, but won't be using any internet (except maybe free wi-fi at my hotel) or using the phone. How do i make sure i will avoid any extra charges or roaming fees?


I should add i'm using an iphone 5 so SIM card to remove

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Removing the SIM card will guarantee there is no roaming charges.

Is the phone unlocked? You can replace it with a Mexico Sim.

Public wifi? Hope you are using a VPN to prevent data eavesdropping.

Hotel wifi? I find it's useless in the evening with countless guests watching video's. Consider standing by your hallway door for better reception.
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Turn off data roaming and change to airplane mode.