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T-Mobile Imposes Domestic Data Roaming Caps
100 MB for 5 GB Plan, 200 MB for 10 GB Plan
by Karl Bode 08:43AM Tuesday Jan 31 2012 Tipped by FFH See Profile
According to some leaked data posted to TMoNews, T-Mobile is preparing to impose new caps on data roaming starting April 5. According to leaked employee memos, customers roaming outside of T-Mobile’s data network will be notified via text message when they have reach both 80% and 100% of their allotted domestic roaming data. T-Mobile's 5 GB plan now comes with a 100 MB off network roaming cap, and their 10 GB plan now comes with a 200 MB off network roaming cap. Unlike normal T-Mobile caps where the customer is throttled, in this case T-Mobile will cut off any and all data service until connection to Wi-Fi is made. T-Mobile insists that "very few customers use enough domestic data while roaming on other carriers' networks to be impacted."

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fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
kudos:2

Roaming is expensive

T-MObile can't eat the cost forever.

However their home network isn't so bad.

Jon
Premium
join:2001-01-20
Lisle, IL

Better to cut someone off..

then send them an $8,000 phone bill.

jgkolt
Premium
join:2004-02-21
Avon, OH

partners

who do they roam with anyways? Is it just at&t's 2g connection?

FFH
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join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5

Re: partners

said by jgkolt:

who do they roam with anyways? Is it just at&t's 2g connection?

»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-Mobile_USA#Roaming
chgo_man99

join:2010-01-01
San Jose, CA

Re: partners

Affiliate partners such as I-wireless ( Iowa wireless)
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: partners

They use AWS? There's Cincinatti bell as well, although I don't know if they have any coverage that T-Mo doesn't...

Of course you could use hundreds of MB on EDGE too even without PCS, Pentaband or an AWS roaming partner.
chgo_man99

join:2010-01-01
San Jose, CA

Re: partners

yes they use aws. They have some smart-phones that t-mobile uses. In some areas T-mobile does not run spectrum directly but through partnership. In Iowa, you have Iowa Network Services and T-Mobile partnership. I am not amused by them though. Its simply a crappier version of T-Mobile with green instead of pink logo.
25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH
that list isn't all of them. There is a small company way up in northern Michigan (still in the hand) that starts with a T that TMO-USA roams on. and no its not ATT.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH
A few phones have PCS 3G, plus the Gnex has pentaband. It's good that T-Mobile customers won't be able to freeload. If you want to have connectivity wherever you are, then you will have to to pay for AT&T fair and square.
sonicmerlin

join:2009-05-24
Cleveland, OH
kudos:1

Re: partners

said by BiggA:

A few phones have PCS 3G, plus the Gnex has pentaband. It's good that T-Mobile customers won't be able to freeload. If you want to have connectivity wherever you are, then you will have to to pay for AT&T fair and square.

You are absolutely hilarious. I bet you're the life of every party you attend.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: partners

??? Because I think people shouldn't be able to freeload?
chgo_man99

join:2010-01-01
San Jose, CA

Re: partners

said by BiggA:

??? Because I think people shouldn't be able to freeload?

Roaming is expensive and sure it does not come cheap. Since they collect to pay for this only from airtime minutes, they have to limit access. You won't see truly unlimited roaming as roamed partner would rather prefer you to be in their plan and your telco would rather prefer to you to this one. In some areas where they don't own spectrum they have partnerships. Even on those u have limited time or transfer if you are from outside home partnership area. Ex. I-wireless (not Cincinnati bell) v t-mobile!
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: partners

Exactly. People shouldn't be able to freeload. If they want AT&T, pay for it.

Bandwidth isn't unlimited when you don't own the network.
sonicmerlin

join:2009-05-24
Cleveland, OH
kudos:1
said by BiggA:

??? Because I think people shouldn't be able to freeload?

You realize bandwidth is unlimited, right? It doesn't cost less when people download less. Congestion occurs during peak hours. Otherwise the towers have space for more users.
zeddlar

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Jay, OK
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Another line of bull

I really dunno if anyone has looked at it this way but did you ever think that if it is always such a small percentage that uses this much or that much, then you take that percentage and speread it out over all the towers out there for each company...........remind me again just why the hell do we need such small caps??
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tmh

@206.29.182.x

Re: Another line of bull

said by zeddlar:

I really dunno if anyone has looked at it this way but did you ever think that if it is always such a small percentage that uses this much or that much, then you take that percentage and speread it out over all the towers out there for each company...........remind me again just why the hell do we need such small caps??

This is AT&T payback for the divorce.

cdru
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Fort Wayne, IN
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1 recommendation

Re: Another line of bull

said by tmh :

This is AT&T payback for the divorce.

It's hard to divorce when you were never married. I've never heard of alimony for a dating relationship.
sonicmerlin

join:2009-05-24
Cleveland, OH
kudos:1
said by zeddlar:

I really dunno if anyone has looked at it this way but did you ever think that if it is always such a small percentage that uses this much or that much, then you take that percentage and speread it out over all the towers out there for each company...........remind me again just why the hell do we need such small caps??

To be fair, T-Mobile is saving you from paying huge overcharge fees. The caps are their roaming partners' limits.

thomas2011

@comcast.net

no good for me

t-mobile works mostly quite well here in denver, CO. but my house happens to be a dead spot. so i am always roaming on AT&T at home.

i can use my home WIFI no problem but i am sure there are people like me who do not have or do not want to use wifi.

the unlimited domestic roaming has actually been one of the selling points lately at t-mobile stores. i understand the reason they are doing thing, but why did the ever offer it on an unlimited basis. if they could not afford it than it should have been capped from the very beginning. this is one more case of 'advertising something they hope no one takes them up on.'

88615298
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join:2004-07-28
West Tenness

Re: no good for me

Me either since all t-mobile provides in my area is roaming everything. So no point in getting t-mobile. And they wonder why they're 4th? Verizon offers the most 3G/4G covererage and they have the most customers. This is not a coincidence.
sexcho

join:2009-08-14

1 recommendation

Re: no good for me

Verizon does not have the largest 4G network and they have the most customers due to their stitched together, excessively acquired assets. Not because they invested all of this crazy money in a nationwide buildout, but because they bought up regional carriers.
openbox9
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join:2004-01-26
Germany
kudos:2

Re: no good for me

said by sexcho:

Verizon does not have the largest 4G network and they have the most customers due to their stitched together, excessively acquired assets. Not because they invested all of this crazy money in a nationwide buildout, but because they bought up regional carriers.

What's the difference between building and buying? Both require engineering and $$$. What US carrier legitimately has a larger 4G network than VZ?

EvelKub
Kitty is crazy
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Mesa, AZ
I prefer the network buildout in this fashion... It means people who lived locally in the market built it out, not someone from thousands of miles away drawing up the plans. This makes for better coverage for locals, not just for those driving the freeways.
slckusr
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said by sexcho:

Verizon does not have the largest 4G network and they have the most customers due to their stitched together, excessively acquired assets. Not because they invested all of this crazy money in a nationwide buildout, but because they bought up regional carriers.

Yea so about that 4g network. and Verizon might of bought and stitched together different companies but at least they did it right. ATT's stitched together network is consistently falling apart.

at least put more effort in if your trolling.