I would imagine you would do something like: put your phone in airplane mode, then turn on WiFi.
As long as you purchase the shipboard wifi package then you can do so. Be sure to make sure your phone is in airplane mode (if you are savy with your phone you can simply turn roaming data off), then turn wifi on, connect to the ship's wifi (not/never ship's cell tower) and then use Skype, whatsapp or messenger or any wifi based messaging app. As long as you don't answer any calls you will not be charged any additional Rogers charges.
I leave my phone on, with cellular data turned off. That way I can still recieve phone calls and see who called. I DO NOT answer the calls. I simply see the number of a missed call, and then call the back using Skype. We also video call our kids every day while we're away. Hope this helps.
Came home after a 10 day cruise and discovered we were charged for 173 outgoing text messages while on the ship. We had roaming off and cellular off and only used the ship's WiFi (which we had prepaid). Maybe I'm being naive but I thought the text messages would be transmitted via WiFi as opposed to the cellular network. I used my Telus phone and my wife used the Rogers account. Was billed on Rogers but not Telus.
text messages are always (except one scenario) transmitted by the cellular network - that one scenario where they aren't transmitted is when you have a device capable of WiFi Calling, to which you are billed the roaming country's standard per-message rate.
I was wondering what settings should I put my iphone on if I don't want to be charged for using the ships internet/calling services while at sea? I understand that i can use roam like home when ashore, I just don't want to arrive home and find I have a huge cell phone bill greeting me.
If you do not wish to utilize the cruise ship's network and/or Wi-Fi service, please ensure your device is set to Airplane mode and that your Wi-Fi is disabled in your device settings.
Just to set your expectations, cruise ship networks are turned on once ships are at sea and usually shut down when ships are within 20 kilometres of land. If you are planning to use our Roam Like Home service in one of our eligible destinations, as an added precaution, I would recommend waiting until you have set foot on land before removing Airplane mode.