Do you own a G1? Do Not take it out of the country!

By: T-Marco December 3rd, 2008

If you travel abroad a lot, you might want to leave your G1 at home or just never turn it off… That is, unless you want to rack up a nice chunk of change in roaming charges.

Gizmodo, just told us that a guy using his G1 out of the country, his data  roaming bill had reached $102.85… Even though he had data roaming, data sync and 3G turned off on his G1.

The tipster was from the US, and was bound for the UK on a trip. Naturally, he called T-Mo to inquire about international calling and data charges. After talking with a representative he was told that data roaming would be charged at $10/MB, however if he did not access the internet while away everything would be a-ok. In reality, while in the UK he was charged roughly $0.15 for every 3 to 7 minutes on average… and not all of it was from calls and texts… as he put it, it was ‘almost as if the phone is pinging’. Looks like it was.

Upon returning home he picked up the phone and called T-Mobile yet again. This time with a bit of a bee in his bonnet. Naturally things didn’t go too well, and after a few conversations a supervisor finally revealed that the T-Mobile G1 always accesses the internet… Even if you are not making calls or sending messages… and even if the data roaming features are turned off. The advice given at the end of the conversation from T-Mobile? ‘The phone should have been left in the USA to avoid these charges’.

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2 Responses to “Do you own a G1? Do Not take it out of the country!”

  1. Invader Phlegm on December 3rd, 2008 5:22 pm

    That’s like a nail in the coffin, feature right there.

    I think I’ll just save my money for the newly announced Nokia N97, and let T-Mo spend the next two years working out the kinks in it’s Android plans.

  2. greenblood on December 3rd, 2008 7:37 pm

    get G1 unlocked first, then get foreign carrier’s price and data settings
    once you got the destination, put in local SIM, put in the data settings, and avoid data roaming
    as a heavy data user, I already learned it, that saves beaucoup of data roaming!!!

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