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Tags: International roaming, Settings
Choose when you want to use data overseas
Most phones give you the option to turn access to data while roaming on and off, allowing you to control when your phone is able to access data while you're overseas.
Unless you're using $5 Roaming, your roaming data charges are higher than within Australia, and excluded from monthly billed plans. So they can add up pretty quickly.
Many phones will use data in the background without you even noticing. So even if you're not planning on actively using data, it's a good idea to make sure it's switched off if you're worried about costs.
Similarly if you’re using Wi-Fi overseas and the signal drops, your phone can switch back to a mobile network without you noticing. Turning data roaming off stops this from happening.
Visit our interactive user guides.
Select the make and model of your phone.
Use the search box provided and search the term 'data'.
If the option is available, you’ll see a link titled ‘Turn data roaming on or off', click it to view instructions.