Just saw on Good Morning America, where a Texas lady had gone on a European cruise and ended up getting a ~$3,000 phone bill. Seems she picked the wrong plan from the wrong provider, AT$T Wireless. Once ABC News got involved, AT$T erased the whole bill. How nice.
I, unfortunately, did not choose the same route. I’m not nearly as old as she is, so I would have been a different story. “Dude screws up, AT$T forces payment of huge phone bill with interest.” Of course, when we went on the European cruise, I didn’t pile up such a ginormous bill either. Her plan wasn’t for cruise ships. Mine wasn’t either, but my bill ended up “only” around $250. My mistake was shutting the phone off, putting it in the safe and forgetting about it.
That is, until I heard the damn thing ringing. I had received a bunch of text messages, while on the Med.
I was in roaming mode on the ocean; I hadn’t shut it off completely. Fortunately, I had the ringer on, otherwise the thing would have been on until we reached our first port. You have to carry your phone with you on excursions, else if you got lost or robbed, you are completely done.
Our new tactic is to not use the phone at all if you can avoid it. Remove the battery unless you are using an iPhone, then completely shut it off. You might want to get a Go Phone and a money card, and live like that to prevent outrages while overseas cruising. Our last cruise, I shut my phone down and stowed it until we reached Hawaii. Other than a few calls and texts I made in Canada, it was a complete success.
When we cruise Europe next, I’m using a Go Phone or something similar. And yes, there will be a next cruise to Europe. Soon.