I'm in Singapore at the moment. Had an amazing time last week because I spent three days with many of the story practitioners I really admire at the Origins Business Narrative Conference and learned heaps.
But there was a glitch. Whenever I travel overseas with my trusty iPhone I get hit with ridiculous global and data roaming costs by my provider, Optus.
So on this trip I decided to get thrifty and went down to Starhub (local telco) and bought a 5-day mobile broadband SIM card (don't forget your passport) for $25. It has up to 2GB of data downloads, a bunch of free text messages and cheap calls.
So I popped my sparkling new SIM into my iPhone and nothing happened. Couldn't find the Starhub signal. Restarted the phone, still nothing. Then is occurred to me that my phone was probably locked to Optus.
Ready for a fight I called Optus (+61 2 8082 2642 24/7 support) and asked for my phone to be unlocked and the nice call centre man said "sure thing," punched some numbers into his computers and said, "it's done."
So I synced my iPhone and got a message from iTunes saying my phone had been unlocked. I'm now a happy camper.