Jan 30 AT 1:00 PM Edgar Cervantes 13 Comments

Rumor: T-Mobile data roamers to get limited?


Freely roaming across the US is great, especially when data roaming is part of the deal. Until now, customers have been able to use data while roaming for free, but it’s not free for T-Mobile. They have to pay fees in order to keep you connected. According to the latest rumors this is all about to change, and T-Mobile will start putting a cap on data roaming usage.

This is an attempt to lower the costs for Magenta subscribers who roam where T-Mobile data coverage is not available. According to a poster at HowardForums, T-Mobile’s upcoming data roaming limits include a 100 MB cap for 5 GB monthly data subscribers and 200 MB for those enjoying 10 GB per month.

But don’t fret over unknown fees and charges; will not see any extra fees once you exceed your data roaming allowance. Instead, T-Mobile will simply not allow you to use the internet anymore, at least until you reach a T-Mobile tower or WiFi (of course).

Avoiding the extra fees may be a great thing for most of us, but some people rely on data while roaming. According to the source, this roaming policy will not be applicable to everyone. “Certain account types are excluded, such as employee accounts and some business accounts.”

For those who need data while roaming, let’s hope they provide some extra data roaming plans. But if extra fees are not your thing, T-Mobile seems to be estimating that about 10,000 users will be able to break the contract without an ETF (Early Termination Fee). So you just might be able to switch to another carrier.

According to newguy78, T-Mobile subscribers should be receiving a notification about these changes within the next few weeks. This might be in the form of an actual letter or a notification upon signing on to my.tmobile.com.

Surely many of you will be quite unhappy about this. But let’s take a small step back and wait to see what happens. This is not yet confirmed, and as always, we should take it with a grain of salt. For now, tell us what you think! Are you a heavy data roamer? Will you be switching carriers if you can?

Via: TmoNews

Source: Howard Forums

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    isn’t there a pending roaming agreement with att?

    • Edgar Cervantes

      Yeah, but apparently it only covers 3G data (no edge or 4G)… We still have to see how that is going, though…

      • CTown

        Can they really differentiate HSPA and HSPA+ in that manner? Or does it have something to do with the frequencies that T-Mobile keeps its HSPA+ network on?

  • Zak Lambert

    Could I use this to get out of contract just so I can get back in contract but with a new phone?

    • Edgar Cervantes

      Yes, the source mentions that T-Mobile estimates that about 10,000 people would be able to get out of their contract without an ETF. If that is the case, you can just get out, get a new contract, and get your new discounted phone.

      You would need a new number. I have heard that sometimes companies just try to persuade you to not leave by offering you early upgrades, though.

    • Dustin Earley

      I’m tempted to do it just to switch to a value plan.

  • spazby

    You could potentially use this to get out of contract…

  • ChipFox

    I’ve never been able to get any data while roaming with T-mobile. It’s become pretty frustrating to not get any texts over GV while roaming. That might be because of my $30/mo 100min 5GB no contract plan, not sure though.

    Anyone else have this problem?

  • 5starsm

    I agree with tmobile on that one. Look at the word right now. In an economic perspective the world is not doing well and yet us cx wants the big names in industry to give us things free.
    Simply the price of a service should reflect the price of the ressources used. I like as a cx to have stuff free, don’t get me wrong, but in an other hand it is not fair to ask to a company to pay it all.

  • Scott

    I love being able to use data when I roam. But it’s usually such a crappy connection I limit the usage anyways. I don’t think I would ever hit 100 MB unless I was roaming for more than a week. Not likely.

  • GE918

    Would you be able to terminate your contract but remain with T-Mobile on a month to month basis?

  • mjtaylo1

    I actually got kicked off of T-Mobile because I moved to an area outside their coverage and 100% of my calls and data were roaming. So, they terminated my plan and I had to switch to Verizon.

  • David

    I get my coverage off of a union cellular tower, and now I’m only limited to 100 mb of data a month because I’m roaming. It sucks because I do have Tmobile and I pay for unlimited data