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T-Mobile Unveils Least Offensive Roaming Data Tariff to Date

Gordon Kelly

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T-Mobile Unveils Least Offensive Roaming Data Tariff to Date

You know what gets me about stories like this? They are good value, but only relatively speaking...

T-Mobile has launched 'Euro Boosters', a pre-pay roaming data tariff to try and alleviate users' fears of surfing the web when abroad. Dubbed 'Euro Broadband Boosters', they come in four packages:

  • 3MB for £1 (expires after 24 hours)

  • 20MB for £5 (expires after 24 hours)

  • 50MB for £10 (expires after 24 hours)

  • 200MB for £40 (expires after 30 days)
A status webpage lets users track their Booster credit at any time (and presumably this isn't needlessly data intensive and something T-Mobile would never dream of taking users' credit just to view? *cough*).

Problems? A) It is only available on T-Mobile's mobile broadband laptop deals when it would be equally handy for a handset B) Expiring data after 24 hours is naff. Still, the horrible fact is this is better (less evil) than what else is on offer and yet that 'unlimited' (circa 1GB) data allowance you get in the UK for under £10 would cost you £200 on this scheme.

In related news last week (we didn't mention it at the time since it is even worse) Orange introduced a 'Travel Data Daily' tariff charging £2 for 2MB of data which also expires after 24 hours. The normal cost is data roaming is £3 per megabyte, but in all likelihood you'll still need to buy 10 of these packs just to have a half decent sort of your emails and check your favourite sites.

If we are going to advance modern communication then, dear networks you need to get over this nonsense. Fast.

Links:

T-Mobile Boosters

Orange Travel Data Daily

Steve

February 24, 2010, 4:50 pm

Mobile broadband, connection speeds and data costs is the biggest rip off going! I don't know how they can get away with such crap and false advertising.

Ben

February 24, 2010, 6:08 pm

My oh my. The tariff transparency fail continues.

Ala Miah

February 24, 2010, 8:32 pm

Guess what i do with my phone when im on holiday?





Throw it away (not literally) but for god sakes, your on holiday. You can live without it for 2 weeks.





If you can't then you shouldn't be going on holidays.





p.s applies to mobile broadband thingy as well.

lifethroughalens

February 25, 2010, 5:19 am

"If we are going to advance modern communication then, dear networks you need to get over this nonsense. Fast."





Well said Gordon. It's beyond a joke, i'm so angry with constantly being hit with ludicrous roaming data charges in Europe (Just got hit with another £35+ VAT data bill for checking a few emails in Holland) I'm with O2 - so that's Telefonica's shareholders who are benefiting from my cash - last time I checked their network was all over Europe, so why are we forced to pay ANY extra just because we are not in the country that the tariff was taken out in?





As long as your directly accessing the network your data plan was taken on, or it's daughter companies / subsidiaries, prices should be the same. If you have to piggy back another network then I can understand there being a SMALL fee involved...but really £3 per MB in the EU and (GULP) £6 per MB outside the EU? - where is the value for money here? What is the actual cost to the networks and how much is this all just politics getting in the way of the customer?





Networks - get your act together and work together. Or fail.

Steve

February 25, 2010, 12:16 pm

"last time I checked their network was all over Europe, so why are we forced to pay ANY extra just because we are not in the country that the tariff was taken out in?"





Because they can get away with it.





I know I'm stating the obvious here, but networks have been getting away with murder since the mid 90's. They always find one way to sting us. Years ago it was the cost of making AND receiving calls now it's progressed on to data.





I don't understand how the EU wombles can waste so much time with the likes of Microsoft yet let the networks get away with robbery!

Kaurisol

February 25, 2010, 2:32 pm

Of course one solution would be to get an unlocked dongle/phone/whatever and get a PAYG sim in the other country and use that for surfing..... particularly if you travel to the other country regularly...

rufioh

December 29, 2010, 4:41 am

While I agree that roaming data charges are a rip-off, this small offering from T-Mobile is by far the best I've encountered. £5 for enough data to sort your email for a week is relatively acceptable.


Your details are incorrect:


1) the 200MB pack is mobile broadband only, the others are available for phones too.


2) the £3 pack lasts 24 hours, the £5 pack last 7 days and the £10 pack lasts 30 days.

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