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

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by krosfyah, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. krosfyah

    krosfyah Lurker
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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!

  2. DjLukeW

    DjLukeW Well-Known Member

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

    nx1977 Android Expert

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

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

    Pedro7 Android Enthusiast

    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

    phlebas Lurker

    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 Android Enthusiast

    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. 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 Android Enthusiast

    Can you buy US SIM card for 3G?
  9. nx1977

    nx1977 Android Expert

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

    JsT Well-Known Member

    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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