Survey: Global data roaming charges and you

Survey: Global data roaming charges and you

Summary: If you've traveled internationally chances are pretty good you've been hosed on data roaming charges. Take our survey on data roaming charges.

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If you've traveled internationally chances are pretty good you've been hosed on data roaming charges.

ZDNet properties around the globe are surveying readers on the topic to highlight the issue, which looks like a real bear for those in Europe.

Here's a survey that will serve as a basis for followup coverage. The responses will be included in our global coverage and contribute to analysis of the topic.

Thanks in advance for your opinion.

Take the survey.

Topic: Data Roaming Charges

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  • RE: Survey: Global data roaming charges and you

    Why would anybody pay overseas data (or voice for that matter) roaming charges when relief is as close as an in-country pay-as-you-go SIM card to go in your unlocked phone? T-Mobile SIMS in the UK offer unlimited data for ?1 a day and very cheap voice rates for calls to anywhere in the world. Similar SIMs are available, if not everywhere, in many other markets. Having one does take a bit of the heart-racing anticipation (looking at the mobile bill upon return) out of the trip but who needs that sort of excitement?
    zdnet@...
    • I Wish people would understand to use SIMs, but reality then sets in.

      It is that easy, but try getting a high level executive that barely knows how to reply to email on the device, to change out SIM's. Just isn't practicle.
      Ingenius
      • It's expensive to be stupid.

        @Ingenius Sounds like you're describing someone with too much money & too little smarts. Let him pay the big bucks.
        kidtree
    • RE: Survey: Global data roaming charges and you

      @zdnet@...

      That means anyone back home calling you has to pay for an International call and you have to give them your new number.

      Data roaming Vodafone Australia 1c kb
      alsobannedfromzdnet
    • RE: Survey: Global data roaming charges and you

      @zdnet@...
      It's because virtually every phone sold in the US is sold carrier locked and subsidized. For those on CDMA carriers (Sprint and Verizon), those w/o "world phones" (have GSM radios and SIM slots) can't put in any SIM.
      ac3_z
  • RE: Survey: Global data roaming charges and you

    The CBC TV show last night featured a student who visited Moscow and was billed $17,000 for roaming charges and data when he returned to Canada. Moral:- be careful with your shiny new smartphone!
    leyshon@...
    • RE: Survey: Global data roaming charges and you

      @leyshon@... yeah? They should just refuse to pay it. If the student pays it he is an idiot. I am not sure of their rights, but here in Japan a mate was billed for a grand in roaming charges and refused to pay - got it waived in the end., after making a few inquiries.
      tora201
  • Plan ahead?

    I'm traveling this summer, and plan to verify with AT&T that I do not want my iPhone to be allowed to use international data. I know IOS has a setting for this, but I'll check with them too and verify everything.

    I'm taking my phone because I'll use it in hotels with wifi, or voice emergencies, but no roaming data.
    gtvr
    • RE: Survey: Global data roaming charges and you

      @gtvr
      At least your AT&T GSM iPhone will work abroad, which is more than the suckers with a Verizon CDMA iPhone, where almost no-one supports it.
      neilpost
  • RE: Survey: Global data roaming charges and you

    The place I stay in the Caribbean overlooks St Thomas and is in direct line of sight with an AT&T tower, so no roaming charges for me! :)
    Brick Tamland..
  • Magick jack?

    I know it sounds corny but i was wondering if i took my laptop, magickjack and standard phone overseas if it will work the same provided that i have some form of internet?
    Creeping Critter
    • Stuff Work Overseas?

      @Creeping Critter---As long as you have an Internet signal, wifi or otherwise, MJ should work. But you'll be paying their L.D. plan from Europe to N. America. A 'standard phone'. Don't know what you mean by that. But if it's the headset for their softphone, or small portable phone you plug into their usb dongle, I don't see why it wouldn't work.
      If your cell phone is unlocked, as posts above, you buy local sim cards. If not, you buy a local phone to use there with sim cards.
      I'll be watching to see if anyone knows different than I.
      PreachJohn
  • RE: Survey: Global data roaming charges and you

    e virtually every phone sold in the US is sold carrier locked and subsidized. For those on CDMA carriers (Sprint and Verizon), those w/o "world phones" (have GSM radios and SIM slots) can't put in any SI
    allfashions