Tmobile UK customer - GPS and MMS in the USA - how much will it cost me?

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  1. krosfyah

    krosfyah New Member
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    Hi folks, 2 questions for you - much obliged to anyone who can help:

    1. I want to make sure i don't incur the insane costs of data use in the US when i head out there in September.

    How do i ensure i can use GPS so that i can use Google Maps/Navigation without incurring data transfer costs? I used to be able to do this with CoPilot on my old XDA but not sure how to do this on the Desire

    2. I get 75 picture messages free each month (which i was told includes sending them from abroad to a UK number), however, when i tried to send MMSs a bunch of times while in the US last month to UK numbers, everytime i got an error message saying "Unable to send". I tried to send it with both wifi on (connected to a home network) and also with wifi off. I didn't turn on Mobile data (mainly because i assumed i would be charged for the data), but it appears i have to have Mobile data transfer on (having now sent a bunch in the UK to friends here). My qyestion is - do i need Mobile data on to send MMSs in general, and if so, will the associated data transfer costs when i send MMSs to UK mobiles from the US be covered in the free 75 picture messages i get each month?

    Many thanks!
     

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  2. DjLukeW

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    you cant send MMS without mobile data on. and Im sure they wont be inclusive from abroad (usually 50p -
     
  3. nx1977

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    None of your inclusive perks count when roaming. Everything is chargeable.

    As for costs, look at the t-mobile website
     
  4. Pedro7

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    think you may be incurring a hefty charge if you try to use the gps etc abroad mate..

    looking at t-mobile's website, it says that it'll cost
     
  5. phlebas

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    Google Maps & Navigation uses a data connection to download map data as you move about. As far as I know there's no way to download the map data before you need it.

    Best bet might be a local SIM if your phone is unlocked.
     
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  6. nacatomi

    nacatomi Well-Known Member
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    I'd say it would be cheaper to buy copilot from the market than even think about trying Google Nav abroad

    Edit: Looks like it will cost you
     
  7. justinbrett1975

    justinbrett1975 Active Member
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    Your MMS Won't sent with out data being on.
    From memory its much cheaper to send a MMS while abroad though, and I think its 20p per message, in USA, a text will be lot more.
    Data is
     
  8. Shofar

    Shofar Well-Known Member
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    Can you buy US SIM card for 3G?
     
  9. nx1977

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    No, EU desire's will only work on 2G/Edge.
     
  10. JsT

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    This is one thing that Nokia is better at. They have a Maploader application that allow you to download all the maps for a country via a PC onto the SD card. I recall the UK was 1.2gb approx, all downloaded using a computer and USB connection rather than a 3G connection.

    One of the only things I wish Google would do.
     
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