#1 By: Rob Beschizza, October 10th, 2013 09:40
#2 By: Peregrinus Phoenix, October 10th, 2013 09:44
I'm in. The data roaming nonsense has long been the seedy underbelly of the mobile industry, with cosy cross-border agreements and laughing execs spurting coffee out of their noses as they giggle at the gargantuan revenue streams from all but the most finickety folk.
It started with text messaging, and when data came along, why, it just looked "so easy"! And it was.
#3 By: Andrew Molloy, October 10th, 2013 10:22
I'm guessing this is only for T-Mobile USA, i.e. T-Mobile UK customers will still get royally stiffed with roaming charges.
#4 By: Andrew Faehnle, October 10th, 2013 10:32
Ugh, I wish I could get more than an Edge data signal from T-Mobile at my house in downtown Cincinnati.
#5 By: Sarah Anderson, October 10th, 2013 10:57
Exactly. I considered switching from ATT but read the fine print in the T-mobile data service plan. Once you are off their network, the cheap plan has a 200 MB cap on non-Tmobile traffic! So I'm stuck with ATT's superiour coverage and expensive data plan for now.
#6 By: Warren Terra, October 10th, 2013 11:03
RE the headline: the word "pitch", used as a verb, can mean "promote" and can also mean "discard". It's also easily confused with "ditch". All in all, it's not a great choice for the purpose.
#7 By: Clay Bridges, October 10th, 2013 12:08
It's a beautiful dream. However, here in suburban Boston (and from traveling, elsewhere) the reality for my family has been terrible coverage. While we'll lose "unlimited", we can grimace and return to AT&T's loving embrace for an extra $20/mo, where we'll have decent coverage and subsidized new iPhones. T-mo has not been an acceptable escape plan for us.
#8 By: genecowan, October 10th, 2013 13:31
Looks like the unlimited roaming data is limited - to 2G speeds. Higher speeds are available for a fee. Also, oddly, "texts sent by wifi" cost 20¢ each. That seems bizarre.
#9 By: newliminted, October 10th, 2013 16:07
When a company promoting a new product, the word pitch is exactly the right choice.
#10 By: technogeek, October 10th, 2013 16:20
The reality for me -- for voice coverage, anyway -- has been that T-Mobile has covered almost everywhere I've been, with the usual smallish points on the highway or inside a commercial building where you're shielded from all available towers. And their prepaid plan has definitely been the cheapest way to go for the way I use the phone; typically under $50/year.
Can't vouch for data services. I don't expect to ever use them; one can usually find a wifi connection to push data through at lower cost and higher bandwidth.
#11 By: HungryHarridan, October 10th, 2013 16:43
It remains to be seen whether T-Mobile can provide any kind of quality customer service. The time I spent using their service involved constantly being made to understand that they simply did not care if something was not working properly.
#12 By: Rob Beschizza, October 15th, 2013 09:40
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