iphone israelI plan on going to Israel early February for my nephew’s bar mitzvah. But I do not plan on taking my iPhone with me to Israel.

Hewlett Harbor man racks up $4,800 iPhone bill from Newsday reports Jay Levy took his iPhones to Israel, but did not turn them on, and still managed to receive a bill from AT&T for $4,800.

Jay Levy and his family took their iPhones on a Mediterranean cruise. Now the Hewlett Harbor entrepreneur feels as if he got taken for a ride, receiving a 54-page monthly bill of nearly $4,800 from AT&T Wireless.

Supposedly, if you turn off the phone, it doesn’t mean the phone is really off. The iPhone continues to check back at home base to see if you have email messages, even while off.

I do suspect this is not the case if Airplane mode is turned on, but I do not want to be the test bed for that theory.

AT&T charges $24.99 for 20 megabytes in that region. Apple’s statement:

Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said the company adequately discloses the potential charges on the Web site and when the phone is activated.

Note to self, do not bring iPhone out of country.

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    WOW crazyyyy

    thank god u found this out before and all.

    that would of been nuts if u got a HUGE BILL

  2. thatguy

    Why not just take the SIM cards out then? Any GSM phone without a SIM can’t operate except to make emergency calls. And damn, his iPhone used that much data while OFF?!

  3. graham

    I don’t buy this story for a second. They were obviously using the phone over the Edge network. Anyway, this can be turned off.

  4. Dede

    Hi Everybody…

    I have arrived with my iPhone to Israel, but even though I see a WiFi connection, the webpages won’t open. Does anybody know how to fix this problem?!

  5. Pedro Braulio Alvarez

    Does anyone knows if you buy a gsm sim card in israel and insert it to the iphone , will it work?

  6. jas

    I am in Israel and in fact, travel all over with my unlocked and jail-broken iPhone. This allows me to use any SIM card locally in each country. Of course, it makes me harder to be contacted by others, as I control who knows all my local numbers!!!!!! I see that as an advantage! Who wants a neighbour to ring up for a chat……6 dollars a minute!I have brought my average phone down from 300 dollars a month to 50! When-ever I am in a country, people can Skype me and I can chat for hours and it costs nothing! All I need is WiFi! If they call my local number, they pay through Skype-Out. Just turn off the “data-roaming” under “General,” and it checks nothing! Re getting WiFi to work, you have to go on the specific network via the WiFi section. Re using another SIM….it works IF you have jail-broked and unlocked your phone……This you can do if you have the older baseboard. The newest update has not yet been hacked!

  7. Jane

    I am moving to israel and have an iphone. I bought the phone outright so i’m not on a plan, but i’m in the UK and i believe it is locked to O2 network.

    Who is the best carrier (as i am moving to LIVE) in israel to switch to and who should I see about getting the phone unlocked. (is there any advantage over getting it done in England or in Israel?)

    any advice would be great!

    p.s. i use the net a lot on the phone if this makes any difference to who i should go with?

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