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Lack of off-network roaming on T-Mobile To Go

Discussion in 'T-Mobile Forum' started by EdwardP, Aug 25, 2004.

  1. EdwardP

    EdwardP Bronze Senior Member
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    I spoke to a customer service representative at T-Mobile yesterday and asked why roaming on the To Go plan is limited to the T-Mobile USA network.

    The representative's response was that the carrier which the phone would roam on, does not have the capability to bill a prepaid account.

    I don't believe this for a minute, since Verizon, Cingular and TracFone offer roaming on their prepaid plans. :twocents:
     
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    That is total crap. I have to point out though that you can't roam off the Cingular network with KIC though either. Verizon Wireless, Simple Freedom, Tracfone, and AT&T Wireless allow roaming though. If they can do it so can everybody else.

    It wouldn't bother me if T-Mobile didn't allow roaming in they had a bigger network. Since T-Mobile's native network is so small though they really should allow you to roam on other carriers.
     
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    If you're in area code 978, it's quite possible that the roaming partner is RCN/Unicel, in which case they're right, RCN are hopelessly behind the times.

    If the roaming partner is Cingular or AT&T, then you're right, that's ridiculous, but such are the terms of cheap prepaid plans.
     
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    Area code 978 covers the northern half of eastern Massachusetts.

    According to Markson's Web (http://www.markson.net/cell_nh_unicel.htm), Unicel does not offer service in eastern Massachusetts. They are in western Mass. though, as well as in New Hampshire.

    The latest T-Mo network map I saw (a new To Go brochure) mainly had the T-Mo network in the major metro areas as well as along major highways (i.e. the Mass. Turnpike).
     
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    T-Mobile recently updated the T-Mo To Go coverage map and the coverage area has expanded slightly.
     
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    What is the deal with this no roaming allowed "thing?" They won't build a tower to serve my town/towns that don't get a signal (we are about 6 miles from the highway) because it costs too much, compared to the amount of people it would serve.

    How much cheaper or expensive is it to open up Cingular's tower here, like in a roaming agreement?
     
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    Well that would depend on how many minutes are used off-network on Cingular in the area... Correct me if I'm wrong. I'm also interested in knowing an approximate amount as in how much a provider pays for off-network roaming per minute.
     
  8. Matt

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    Most prepaid users don't use their phones enough to support TM paying for their ability to roam. Their APRU is around $20-25 per month, comapred to a contract ARPU around $55-60, giving a blended ARPU for TM of $55. Just my opinion on why TM doesn't allow it.
     
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    Are you saying that a mobile carrier pays their roaming partners, even in the (unlikely) event that none of their customers roam during a given period?
     
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    I would guess there is is some sort of base fee (if they pay it monthly or all at once I don't know) plus a usage charge for the actual roaming. Cingular will be paying T-Mobile at least $1.2 billion over the next 4 years for Cingular's "roaming" customers on the soon-to-be T-Mobile network in CA and NV. The two companies currently share this network, originally built by Cingular, but TM is acquiring all of it.
     
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