Traveling internationally with an iPhone can be extremely expensive. Even if you arrange for an international plan with your provider, it’s possible to find a staggering bill at the end of the month. Your best bet is to disable cellular data and restrict Internet access to Wi-Fi, but how can you be sure you’ve set your iPhone up properly? It’s easy with Airplane Mode and the Wi-Fi settings. Here’s how.
Those traveling with an iOS device, take note: LodgeNet Mobile (free, universal) lets you use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch as a remote control for hotel TVs. The app’s developers, LodgeNet Interactive Corporation, claim that the app is compatible with TVs in “hundreds of thousands” of US hotel rooms, including those from Hilton, Starwood, Marriott, Hyatt, Omni Hotels and many more.
Not only does it control the TV (on/off, volume, channel selection), LodgeNet Moble will let you view in-room movie listings, order movies and other video-on-demand features and even find local events and restaurants. That’s great for when you’re traveling with your iPhone or iPad, and super for people who don’t like to handle hotel remote controls (you know who you are).
I haven’t used it, but the apps’ got a four-star rating across 64 reviews on the App Store right now. Since it’s free, there’s nothing to lose by trying it out.
[Via USA Today Travel]