How to Use a US iPhone for Free (or nearly) Free in Europe

Learn exactly how to text, email, get voicemail, make calls, search, use GPS maps in Europe for free or nearly free!
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  • Lectures 33
  • Length 3 hours
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2014 English

Course Description

LATEST: Course Updated March 2015





**This course is for people who own American iPhones with American cell phone service providers.**


Have you heard some of the horror stories of people thinking they signed up for a $25 international cell phone plan and returned home from their trip to a $500 cell phone bill? It's easy to do and they probably had no idea that they were using their cell phone that much in a foreign country.

“Sometime during the 12-day Mediterranean cruise she took in May, MF made a crucial mistake: She turned her cell phone on…her phone synced to the cruise ship's cell tower and instantly started racking up data roaming charges…She came home to a $1,558 bill!" - Business Insider

“I just paid the equivalent to a flight to Paris and back just because I wanted to use Google Maps on the iPhone 3G to find my way around gay Paree." - TechCrunch

“Two weeks of travel with sporadic AT&T EDGE network usage off and on mixed with wifi when available... $3000." - BoingBoing

“I am typing this from the floor right now. I am in complete shock. I finally got my first online bill from AT&T yesterday and it came to $5,086.66!!…Well as you may have guessed by now these are all charges for using the edge network while roaming internationally (in England)." - ArcDesignConsulting

“I used my iPhone 4 data roaming turned on once during my stay in Holland, to check email. Then I turned off data roaming and did not use it again. When I returned home I had a $393.00 dollar charge." - T. Cole

The FCC website calls it “bill shock" and warns:

Roaming is complicated! Take time to understand all the rules and rates before you travel. Advance preparation can prevent disappointments such as lack of service or unexpectedly high charges on your next bill.


You CAN use your iPhone for free (or nearly free) in Europe if you are willing to use it in your hotel or a restaurant with free Wi-Fi and you have prepared your phone and followed this course for the correct settings and apps!

I know, I've done it many times and developed this course to show you how you can do it too!

Learn exactly how to text, email, listen to voicemail, make phone calls, use GPS maps and surf the Internet while in Europe.

About this course:

  • Over 250 very happy students
  • It's designed for everyone, regardless of their technical capabilities, who want to stay connected and use their iPhone in Europe without paying huge international cell phone fees
  • Full, free lifetime access
  • All future extra lectures and upgrades are always included for free
  • Unconditional Udemy 30 day money-back guarantee - that's my personal promise of your success!
  • Downloadable to your iPhone/iPad for quick reference while you're traveling.
  • A free bonus - a copy of my ebook "How to Use Your iPhone for Free (or nearly Free in Europe"

Learn How to Use Your iPhone in Europe Without Roaming and an International Calling Plan

You'll learn:

  • How to find and plan for using free Wi-Fi in Europe
  • How to set up your iPhone for free access to voicemail
  • How to set up your iPhone for free text messaging
  • How to set up your iPhone for free calling
  • The differences in Skype vs. FaceTime and when to use one over the other.
  • How to download maps of your destinations to use later when you are sightseeing
  • Exactly which settings must be changed on your iPhone before you leave the States
  • How to use your iPhone while in Europe
  • How to return your iPhone to it's pre-trip settings when your trip is over.

By the end of the course, you'll have the confidence and peace of mind to set up and use your iPhone in Europe, staying connected back to your friends, family and associates, with no extra international cell phone fees.

As a bonus, all students will receive my ebook "How to Use Your iPhone for Free (or nearly Free in Europe" which they can download into their iPhones.

What are the requirements?

  • Nothing! Just a willingness to learn.
  • A desire to use your iPhone while in Europe.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Know exactly which settings to change on your American iPhone BEFORE you enter Europe AND avoid cell phone charges.
  • Know how to access your Voicemail with no cell phone charges.
  • Know how to text for free.
  • Learn how to call any phone, worldwide, for free or nearly free.
  • Save and use maps for sightseeing.
  • Know how to return your iPhone to its pre-trip settings.

Who is the target audience?

  • You have an iPhone with an American cell phone company.
  • You want to stay connected but love the idea of doing it for free in Europe.
  • You are willing to plan your calls, texts, emails, etc. when you have free Wi-Fi.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Why take this course?
Introduction and Overview

If you're fairly new to Udemy, these practical tips will help you get the most out of online learning.


Many, many hotels in Europe, even modest 2-star ones, offer free Wi-Fi and restaurants are beginning to offer it too. You should spend some time researching and planning for free Wi-Fi access in your European destinations. Links and tips are included in this lecture.

Section 2: Setting Up Your iPhone for Free Access to Voicemail

Google Voice is a free VOIP (internet phone) service available if you have a Gmail account. You are setting it up to receive voicemails that come to your cell phone while you are out of the country. Why? Because you can forward your cell phone calls to Google Voice for voicemail and check those voice messages online with a free internet connection. If you try to access your voicemail through your iPhone the way you usually do in the States, it's not free in foreign countries.


Record the voicemail greeting you want your callers to hear while you are in Europe.


The Google Voice app will be your easy and free access to your voicemail messages while you are in Europe.


Receive notifications on your iPhone when you have received a new voicemail message.


Verizon customers, learn how to forward your phone calls to your Google Voice voicemail.


AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular and T-Mobile customers, learn how to find your call forwarding settings.


Test your call forwarding settings.


Practice calling your forwarded iPhone and leave a voicemail message. Then access and listen to that message using your Google Voice app.


Turn off call forwarding until your trip.

Section 3: Setting Up Your iPhone for Voice and Video Calls

The benefits of using Skype and FaceTime while you are in Europe and when to use which one.


Instructions on getting a free Skype account.


Why and how to purchase a small amount of Skype credit for phone calls you may need to make while in Europe.


Download and set up the Skype app on your iPhone.


Set up easy access to your contacts for using Skype or Google Voice.


Receive notifications on your iPhone when you receive a Skype or FaceTime call.


Calling from Skype-to-Skype is free, so it’s smart to add the Skype names of your friends and family to your Skype contacts list.


It is very important that you practice before you go on vacation to become comfortable with Skype-to-Skype and Skype-to-Phone calls.

Section 4: Setting Up Your iPhone for Text Messages

You can receive and send text messages through Wi-Fi with Verizon's “cloud texting” app called VZ Messages. Basically, this means that your text messages are acting more like email messages, but they look and feel like text messages to you. Your contacts can text your cell phone number and you can receive and send messages whenever you have free Wi-Fi in Europe.


If your iPhone carrier does not offer a cloud texting app, you can still send and receive text messages through your new Google Voice number. This will require you to notify your friends and family to use a different phone number to text you while you are in Europe, but it will allow you to text whenever you have free Wi-Fi.


For friends and family who text via iMessage, you need to ask them to check the following setting on their iPhone before you leave. Without this setting, you cannot receive their messages with cloud texting through Verizon or Google Voice.


Practice "cloud texting" with a friend.

Section 5: Downloading Maps for Sightseeing Assistance

While you won’t have guided navigation while you’re sightseeing, you can download maps of the places you’ll be visiting and use those maps for sightseeing. You can also use Google Maps to see your location via GPS, which does not require Wi-Fi or cellular service.

Section 6: iPhone Settings Just Before You Leave the USA

Change these iPhone settings while waiting at the gate or right after you board the plane that leaves the US. You must do them while you have US cell service and in a particular order! As an added help to you, download this video and the additional cheat sheet using the Udemy iPhone app so that you can access both from anywhere, anytime.

Section 7: Using Your iPhone in Europe
4 pages

The ultimate cheat sheet for all the ways you can use your iPhone for free while you're in Europe! Download it into your iPhone from the Udemy app so it will always be at your fingertips.

Section 8: Returning Your iPhone to Normal When You Return

As soon as you land in the States, you will want to change the settings on your iPhone so that you can receive and make phone calls and text messages. As an added help to you, download this video and the additional cheat sheet using the Udemy iPhone app so that you can access both from anywhere, anytime.

Section 9: Bonus Material!
32 pages

Be sure to download this ebook using the Udemy iPhone app so that you refer to it from anywhere, anytime!


Step by step instructions on how to get a Google account for those that need one.

Bonus: How to Use Google Translate

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Instructor Biography

Lynn Huffman, Founder, LiberateYourTime

Lynn has been a problem solver all of her life. Having the good fortune to major in Computer Science way back in 1977, she learned to use technology to solve problems whenever possible. She is constantly fascinated by devices and apps that make life easier, save time or save money.

Lynn can be found teaching others how to use their iPhones, iPads and computers, developing online classes, traveling, or biking and hiking in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.

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