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    The True Costs of Using a Smartphone Abroad

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    Eric Taub of The New York Times tried to calculate the costs involved in using smartphones abroad for data. What are your thoughts? Share your tips on reducing roaming costs.

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    It's disappointing to say the very least that US carriers can't do better in offering "affordable" plans/usage for their customers abroad. It makes me wonder why anyone would want to even consider using your carrier's "foreign" plan abroad. Getting the 88xx or Tour would have to be more for fun or unlocking to use as indicated below.

    I'm convinced that a less expensive way to use any phone abroad is to get your choice of unlocked GSM-capable handset, order one of the "foreign" SIM cards that will work where you're going and perform the functions that you need and use that. That's one of the reason's that I always have a spare, unlocked GSM phone, currently the 8900. I use the line locally and, if I go abroad, I do what I suggested above.

    I DO wish I didn't feel this way but generally US carriers seem to continue to gouge their users with inflated prices unnecessarily for most services IMO. It seems that it's a monopolized, adversarial relationship that we have with our carriers.
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    Well I can give testemony to this...
    I'm on Orange UK and last year I went to egypt. Forgot to turn off data (very stupid I know) and racked up a Ł700 bill in two weeks :-(
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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerbluemusic View Post
    Well I can give testemony to this...
    I'm on Orange UK and last year I went to egypt. Forgot to turn off data (very stupid I know) and racked up a Ł700 bill in two weeks :-(
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    I agree with Fish. U.S. carriers foreign plans are very expensive. I would like to add that if you obtain a foreign sim card for your unlocked phone you can save on the fact that most foreign carriers allow free incoming calls. That's a big savings. While In Dominican Republic I purchase a orange Sim card and used it in my BB. I had numerous friends call me at no extra charge. T-mobile would have killed me in roaming charges had I used them while on vacation.

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    T Mobile offers unlimited email on your blackberry while traveling internationally for $19.99/month, prorated by the # of days you have the service activated. I have used this dozens of times and can confirm that there were no additional charges. This does NOT, however, cover web browsing data. I have never tested those waters to find the cost....
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    For this you might like to try Mobile Data Alerter. This tool scans the data consumption on your BlackBerry and warns you in case you meet user defined thresholds.

    Details available at http://mobile.e-office.com/Products/Mobile-Data-Alerter
    Direct download available at http://mda.e-office.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThierryL View Post
    For this you might like to try Mobile Data Alerter. This tool scans the data consumption on your BlackBerry and warns you in case you meet user defined thresholds.

    Details available at http://mobile.e-office.com/Products/Mobile-Data-Alerter
    Direct download available at http://mda.e-office.com
    Just downloaded this. A+ for roaming

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