Okay, BLADAM friends, apologies for two rants in a row (in a sadly otherwise dry AdamBloggingSeason), but… why does T-mobile—an international company—charge so much for international calling, roaming, and texting?
And Cingular—the only other American mobile phone company I know of that supports international roaming—has rates that are even worse, from what I gather.
Anyway, on T-Mobile, the rates for me to call from the U.S. overseas are more than triple what I’d pay via a discount calling card or even AT&T Callvantage. Calling from overseas to *anywhere* ranges from about $1 to $4 a minute for incoming OR outgoing calls.
But what *really* gets my hide is T-Mobile’s charge for text messages sent to and from my friends in Europe. 15 cents each for me to send a handful of text characters, and 35 cents each to receive the same. What the heck?! I know, I know, this voluminous amount of data has to potentially pass through companies that aren’t T-Mobile, but still! And no, T-Mobile’s varied texting-bundle plans do *not* include international SMSes.
I’ve played with various SMS options online, but haven’t found any to be reliable for either sending or receiving text messages internationally. Oh lazyweb, anyone know of good options? (other than calling up T-Mobile and telling them they’re provincial jerks for their usurious rates, which, I admit, doesn’t exactly qualify as a good option)