David Pogue of The New York Times reports that T-Mobile, the same company that has eliminated two-year contracts, has your phone bill reduced when you've paid your subsidized phone in full and lets you quit whenever you want, is now getting rid of "the sky-high, nosebleed, ridiculous, usurious international roaming charges that have terrified and enraged overseas travelers for years." Apparently, those exorbitant fees have been nothing more than a money grab. Wow, telecom companies busy ripping their customers off? I never would've guessed. All I have to ask is this: when are you coming to Canada, T-Mobile?
Going to Europe? You have to sign up for three plans before you go: Data (Internet use), texts and voice calls.
Data: AT&T charges, for example, $60 for 300 megabytes of data usage overseas. But thats nothing; you can blast through that in a day. All kinds of things on your phone use data when youre not even aware of it. After 300 megabyes, youll quietly rack up $30 for every additional 120 megabytes of data.
Texts: The least expensive AT&T plan is $10 for 50 messages, which comes to 20 cents a text. Again, it comes with nasty overages (40 cents each).
Calls: Even if you sign up for the one-month minimum plan at $30 for the month, youre still paying $1 a minute to talk on the phone.
No wonder people turn off their phones in terror.
OK, now for T-Mobiles new international roaming:
Data: Unlimited and free.
Texts: Unlimited and free.
Calls: 20 cents a minute.
You get all of this automatically. You dont have to sign up for anything before you go. You dont have to sign up for anything at all. You just travel to Europe and know that your texts and e-mail are going to be free.
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