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TMO free roaming

Discussion in 'T-Mobile Forum' started by wgray8231, Sep 1, 2004.

  1. wgray8231

    wgray8231 I don't work here.
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    I know that the native TMO footprint is rather small--limited to cities and major highways. My questions is, what does the "free GSM roaming" mean for National/Family Time plans? Is that limited to an extended network like VZW or will that include any GSM coverage in the US? Why would anyone want to sign up for C or AWS if you can get the benefit of their networks with TMO? Don't give me that line about rollover--in the end, you can't use more minutes per month without paying for an overage.

    -Future Ex-VZW User (maybe)
     
  2. Matt

    Matt Twin girls!
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    The TM roaming agreements with AT&T and Cingular don't cover all of their GSM networks. It is generally only where TM doesn't have their own GSM, and where Cingular and AT&T are offering 1900 MHz GSM, not 850 GSM. All 3 companies have roamign agreements with smaller GSM carriers, especially in the midwest and South Plains states, to supplement their coverage.
     
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    Is there any chance of paying roaming fees on your TMO bill?
     
  4. azcellphonejunkie

    azcellphonejunkie The Cell Phone Junkie
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    If you have the national plan with them, no, you will not pay roaming. I travelled by car from AZ to MN this spring and was able to use my phone almost the entire trip. I was on all sorts of different GSM networks, and had no additional charges. The only thing that wasn't included was the mobile-to-mobile where i was off the T-Mobile network. However, all other features (Caller ID, Call Wiating ect...) were availible...
     
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  5. Etorres777

    Etorres777 Life is good for now..
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    AT&T Wireless has more coverage because they have more roaming aggreements. T-Mobile's national coverage is too stringy, why not AT&T Wireless. They also have no roaming charges on the national plan. If you sign up on a 2 year contract, you get nights starting at 7p.m. with unlimited nights and weekends! Great deal don't you think?
     
  6. Andy

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    If you are on a national plan with T-Mobile, anywhere you can use your phone(this does NOT include every GSM network) it will be for free...
    With VZW, you have home, Extended, and Roam, while on T-Mobile you either have T-Mobile, Roam, or no service....meaning you either have service(and it doesn't cost you anything), or you don't(even though some GSM network might be available, but T-Mo doesn't have a roaming agreement with them). As someone already said, M2M minutes do not apply while roaming(btw,VZW is changing this Monday the 27th).
    BTW, I know this thread is a couple days old... :)
    Andy
     
  7. Etorres777

    Etorres777 Life is good for now..
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    Cingular has it already :D
     
  8. Andy

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    I know...did I forget to mention that??? :rolleyes:
     
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    Cingular is the only carrier where all features are included while roaming. In other words, it doesn't make any difference whether you are roaming or not. All your features still work the same and you pay the same regardless (M2M, WAP, Voicemail, Caller ID, SMS, etc.). Not to mention their combined coverage is much more extensive than T-Mobile's.

    AT&T's plans are pretty much the same with some minor differences and they can be a bit cheaper than Cingular in some cases. Their national coverage is virtually identical to Cingular's.
     
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    yes, you are absolutely right with cingular. I think they've done a great job expanding their coverage and creating roaming agreements even in rural areas, and having all services work the same, whether roaming or not.
     

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