Conference season is coming up quick for me, I attend a bunch of them in the first half of the year but the biggest and most brutal on me is Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. I blog about it every year and this year is no different except for the fact that I’m starting to prepare much earlier than usual. I’ve already booked my flight which is the biggest pain in the behind for me. I try to get a good deal but don’t want to wait too long and stress out about it. Next will be my lodging and press pass.
The mistake I made last year but have already corrected for this year was that I didn’t use my iPhone during MWC as my main device. I was miserable, always checking my battery life and didn’t have MY phone. MWC is a marathon unlike any other conference I attend. It’s an over the top event with breakfast meetings every day and parties every night. The issue is power and weight. I don’t want to carry heavy portable batteries plus charging cables and I don’t want to be struggling with my phone to get it to work (I’m used to iOS). My iPhone 4 doesn’t have great battery life but I do have a Mophie Juice Pack that always gets me through trade show days and it’s acceptable size/weight wise.
This year I’ve remedied my problem already. I called AT&T and they were nice enough to email me a link to their Device Unlock website. I submitted my name, account info and iPhone IMEI. A few hours later I got an email saying they’ll unlock it and then the next morning I connected it to my computer, followed some instructions in the email and an hour later my iPhone 4 was unlocked. This is great news because now I can pop my trusty Tru (TruPhone) sim in (once I get a mini sim) and roam the world at really reasonable rates. Don’t get me wrong, I love my AT&T service but I’m not sure I’m going to want to pay for data, voice and SMS roaming.
Now because I don’t want to pay for roaming I’ll have to use a different number and that is as always my Phone.com number. Before I leave I’ll forward my Phone.com calls to my Tru number and use the Bria app for VOIP calls or the mobile web app for traditional calls and SMS. I’m totally set communication wise in terms of my phone and it’s not even December. I may sound like my mother planning things so far in advance but MWC is the real deal and not having MY iPhone last year made me miserable.
So with my unlocked AT&T iPhone, Phone.com for calls and SMS, the Mophie Juice Pack and the darling of my travel needs my Tru sim I’m ready to concur Spain, Europe and maybe the world.
For transparency: Phone.com is a client, AT&T is very good to me, I hope Mophie will hook me up with an iPhone 5 Juice Pack (when they’re available) and TruPhone has given me a sim or 2 over the years.