That whole notion that “it’s a small world after all” isn’t so true when you see your mobile bill after traveling aboard. It is nice to stay connected while overseas, but getting a mobile phone bill that costs about as much as a discount plane ticket can be a shock to the system.
The latest users to get greeted by hefty bills have been G1 owners. It seems that the T-Mobile phone, which is powered by Google Android, has a habit of continuing to download data while on the move – even if you’re far from home. This has been reported to occur even when handset users had selected to have the data roaming features disabled.
The reason it seems isn’t an error with the phone, or a sneaky way for T-Mobile to get you to pay more (instead of just getting more as the commercials promise), is because some third-party applications are able to override the command.
Here is the 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.
The question being asked by some users already is why T-Mobile just doesn’t ditch the roaming charges, but of course for many mobile carriers this is a significant revenue stream. And while the idea of having a simple world phone that could go anywhere is great, the concern is to get more, you might indeed need to pay more!