[PLUG-TALK] T-Mobile experiences?

Aaron Burt aaron at bavariati.org
Wed Jul 3 09:56:05 PDT 2013


On Tue, Jul 02, 2013 at 06:47:31PM -0700, Michael Rasmussen wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 02, 2013 at 05:55:16PM -0700, John Jason Jordan wrote:
> > If you travel you also want to consider that T-Mobile's coverage in the
> > rest of the country is not always as good as it is here.
> 
> I'm more concerned with the phone operating on frequencies used in Argentina,
> Beijing, Turkey, northern Italy . . . 

Interesting coverage map: http://www.worldtimezone.com/gsm.html
Who knew that western South America uses North American frequencies?

I've been with T-Mobile for quite a few years.  Their customer service is
(relatively) very good, and their pricing is fair and simple.  Their
coverage is not ideal but quite good these days, and they have offered free
US roaming for a long while.

However:
* As soon as you leave North America, remove your SIM.  Overseas roaming is
  horribly expensive, and you can get charged even if you let all calls go
  to voicemail, which happened to my brother in Israel.
* T-Mobile uses 1700MHz for 3G, which is somewhat uncommon, and limits
  your choice of 3G-capable phones.




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