Originally Posted by absoluteevel
T-Mobile allows you to call their customer service with no charge while abroad. Dial +15059983793 from your T-Mobile phone. This is per the T-Mobile website
. I assume that would qualify as a voice call.
BTW, if you did not know, T-Mo has an unlimited international emails add-on plan for an extra $19.99 per month. Might be of use to you (if you get your Pearl replaced) since you should be able to exchange photos in somewhat real time.
[edit: argh, it says no GPRS roaming agreements are available in Iraq. Hopefully that has changed/will change.]
Your right, there is no data on the network over here. It doesn't matter what provider you use, Iraqna, AsiaCell, Anther Iraq. They all only have GSM with no data. I wish they did have data. I'd be on yahoo messenger chatting with the wife every day.
If I was deployed to kuwait, I'd pay the extra 20 bucks a month cause they have data there even in the middle of the desert where all you can see is damn sand dunes, I'm still able to pull in 3 or 4 bars and data. I guess there's nothing to block the signal so they need less towers.
I've made calls from my T Mobile chip before in Iraq and tmo still didn't even register those. It has something to do with them roaming to these networks with no data. I guess they can't pick up specific cell phone information without data.