T-Mobile's free data roaming put to the test — is it good enough to get you by?
T-Mobile is currently providing 200MB of 2G EDGE data free for customers who travel — and roam — internationally. Yes, 200MB isn't much in our multi-GB world and EDGE is barely a trickle compared to the flood that is LTE. But, free. That means no costly data roaming plan or inconvenient SIM switching. Yet for some people the frustration that comes from low limits and slow speeds will more than outweigh any cost savings or convenience benefits. So, how do you know? Well, in our case we sent Phil Nickinson all the way to Spain to find out. Armed with little more than a T-Mobile plan a dream, here's what he had to say on Android Central:
What's that good for? It's sort of tough to say. You can send and receive e-mail, of course, but the overall smartphone experience isn't anything like what you expect in 2014. Don't bother opening an app that does anything with images or video, basically. Even with e-mail, I'd suggest just letting your phone do its thing, and don't worry about how long it takes.
Hey, free is free. It's just slow. Very slow.
I've used Rogers $1/1MB U.S. roaming plan in the past and it cost me so much money I ended up buying a Verizon iPhone. Yeah. Ouch.
Phil also tested out the $50/500MB plan and shared some thoughts on the AT&T $120/800MB plan. Go find out how all of them, free and fast, worked out for him and then hurry back here and let me know if you've tried out international roaming lately and how it's worked for you.
Source: Android Central