Roaming

T-Mobile will cap domestic data roaming April 5th

Those of you out there surfing T-Mobile's airwaves should know of upcoming changes your carrier will be putting into effect fairly soon. On April 5th, they plan on capping your domestic off-network data roaming usage. Limits are extremely low, so it will be important to keep an eye on data consumed while roaming.

Verizon Wireless 4G Phones Wont Be Compatible with AT&T 4G LTE

I debated even running this story for a while this morning but my love for Verizon 4G LTE speeds made me give in. According to a Verizon spokeswoman the 4G LTE network over on Big Red will NOT be compatible with other LTE networks. So Verizon phones will not work on AT&T's soon to launch 4G LTE network, or vice-versa. This doesn't really come as a surprise at all. I mean did anyone expect Verizon or AT&T to share? I sure didn't.

T-Mobile G2x by LG to have dual band T-Mo & AT&T Radios

Earlier in the week I'm sure you all heard that AT&T will be buying T-Mobile US. This was huge news that shook the mobile phone and Android community. T-Mobile has been a huge supporter and partner with Google through the entire ride. Today we bring you some very good news if it holds to be true. According to TmoNews the newly announced G2x by LG will have both T-Mobile 3G/4G as well as also having AT&T 3G/4G. A quad-band 4G, future proof for the T-Mobile merger maybe?

Battery Tips from Sprint To Maximize Life On The EVO 4G

One of the few gripes people is having with the new EVO 4G is short battery life. While on 4G and medium to heavy usage, I’ve seen the 4G go from fully charged to almost dead in 4-5 hours. This is unacceptable for today Smartphone’s. It should last at least 8 hours or more if you’re not a heavy user.

Verizon begins Android 2.1 update rollout for Motorola Droid

The on again off again saga that is the Droid 2.1 update is on again, hopefully. Engadget has gotten their hands on an internal memo that that outlines the OTA update for the Droid. At noon today, which has come and gone, 1000 Droid users should receive the update and by midnight there should be 9000 more.  And by Thursday, almost all Droid’s should receive the OTA. Judging by how this was handled so far, I wouldn’t get my hopes up too high. The full memo is after the break.

T-Mobile makes official comment on international roaming issue

Just the other day we reported that a user was charged a ridiculous amount of money for data roaming when his data was turned off, even after being assured that he would be ok. It appears that this has caught T-Mobile’s attention and they have come fourth with an official response. The option to turn off data should work fine, but that’s not always the case as any third party application can then override this basic phone feature whenever it chooses. This then brings us back to the initial problem of not being able to kill background processes on the T-Mobile G1. From the horse's mouth: "Some third-party applications available for download on Android Market require access to the internet and have the ability to turn on data roaming when in use. Customers are informed whether an application will use this feature prior to downloading, but should also be aware when traveling outside the country."
Official T-Mobile statement: T-Mobile is committed to delivering the best experience in wireless to our customers. If a T-Mobile customer would like to use their T-Mobile G1 while outside the country, they should contact Customer Care before they leave to ask that the WorldClass feature be added to their service at no additional charge. If they choose, customers can also disable data roaming on the G1. This can be done by going through the following steps: Home Screen > Menu > Settings > Wireless Controls > Mobile Networks > Data Roaming. Some third party applications available for download on Android Market require access to the Internet and have the ability to turn on data roaming when in use. Customers are informed whether an application will use this feature prior to downloading, but should also be aware when traveling outside the country. [Via EngadgetMobile]

Roaming disabled by default in UK G1 models

Just the other day we reported that one user was charged over $100 for taking his T-Mobile G1 out of the country even though customer service said it would be fine and turning all data on their phone off. Apparently this is only an issue with US versions of the T-mobile G1. To ensure that customers to not rack up unexpected costs, roaming is by default disabled in all new UK models. If a user so wishes to enable it a warning message will pop informing users that there will be additional costs. You may be asking yourself, why in the world is it disabled for them and now us? Just to note, when roaming is turned off it includes not just data roaming but all roaming. If you do not wish to incur data roaming charges you will not be able to use your phone. For those of you who travel overseas often, the T-Mobile G1 is about the worst phone for you to own. Unless you have money to burn we don’t suggest even taking the G1 with you.
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