T-Mobile to offer data roaming, texting free of charge internationally

By Shawn Knight
Oct 10, 2013
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  1. T-Mobile is shaking up the wireless industry once again. The company on Tuesday announced plans to eliminate international roaming fees for data and text messages sent abroad and charge a fixed rate of $0.20 per minute for voice calls –...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,049   +699

    As a t-mobile customer who spends time in Canada, this is great news. Speed is not important, just any data connection will make some very important apps work correctly. For example, GPS obviously has no borders, but you need a data connection to use navigation and to see the map.

    The irony of course is that T-mobile only allows you 10MB or so (depends on your plan) of domestic roaming data before your data stops working altogether. So when I drive to Canada, I'm going to use up my 10MB just by being between cities, and then I'll get a connection again once I change countries?!
    How backwards is that?
  3. mctommy

    mctommy TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 102   +12

    you should cache your map before going to canada, at least that will help with the GPS. You just wont be able to search and get directions but you'll be able to see where you are going =D
    Vrmithrax likes this.
  4. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,285   +232

    I'm with you on this one... Depending on the year and workload, I can annually spend upwards of 4 months in Canada (usually 1 week at a time). To avoid the ridonculous data roaming charges from Verizon, I often have to put my phone in a roaming data lockdown, and only update data through wi-fi. A plan like this one could be very interesting for business people like us...

    And, I'll second mctommy on the map caching, it really does help for general GPSing around in Canada. The tricky part is figuring out how to do it (Google Maps doesn't just come out and give you the option, you have to do it manually), and making sure you have enough cache to cover your route. The size restriction for offline caching can be very annoying if you are making drives of 100km+.
  5. lmike6453

    lmike6453 Newcomer, in training Posts: 98   +6

    Hey check out the app "Navfree USA" or whichever country you need. It's an offline GPS system where you download a whole state/territory ahead of time and you can still search addresses etc with only a GPS satellite connection. I have it as a backup to google maps
    MilwaukeeMike and Vrmithrax like this.
  6. Prushothma Rao

    Prushothma Rao Newcomer, in training

    This is a bold step that will probably set a new rates-slashing trend on roaming charges. We expect to see a lot of Operators from different geographical areas form partnerships that enables their subscribers to use the local network without incurring ridiculous roaming charges. There are also solutions in store that enable the roaming subscribers to receive instantaneous alerts on the prevailing local rates as soon as they arrive at their destinations. We expect with these developments, bill shocks on travel to reduce significantly.


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