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Old 12-16-2007, 01:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Being smart about data roaming?

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I'm now the happy owner of a T-Mobile Curve 8320 with BIS (and UMA is even working ). I already have an international roaming plan with T-Mobile (actually not WorldClass, but grandfathered in from days of old). I'm traveling to Europe and South Africa soon and I want to be smart about data roaming.

So here's the question: how can I leave data access turned on, but minimize my data roaming charges? My current plan is to remove certain applications (Facebook for one has no way to turn off its data access by the look of things), then to set wireless email reconciliation off for my email accounts. Any other hints and tips for ways to avoid $1000 phone bills?

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Old 12-16-2007, 01:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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WiFi is definitely in the cards. I'm hoping to turn on wireless reconciliation while piggybacking on friends' networks. It'll be interesting to see if and how well UMA works too.
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It seems to me that the easiest way to insure this is to go to "Manage Connections" and turn off (uncheck) "Mobile Network", leaving "WiFi" on (checked).
I would be interested in feedback when you return as to whether this works well.
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It seems to me that the easiest way to insure this is to go to "Manage Connections" and turn off (uncheck) "Mobile Network", leaving "WiFi" on (checked).
I would be interested in feedback when you return as to whether this works well.
I agree that this would be reliable, but the main problem with doing this is that SMS will not then work & I really need that. I've been looking at a couple of apps that people have written to monitor IP bandwidth and I'm thinking I may have to do some experimentation.
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sms doesn't work over UMA?
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sms doesn't work over UMA?
It does, but I'm not always going to be inside within WLAN range & I still need SMS to work. When I'm in South Africa it's cheaper for most of the people I need to be in touch with. That said I will be using UMA whenever I can get it to work for me (and I'll report back on that in the other UMA-related threads most likely).

I'm hoping that someone else out there who's not on a corporate BlackBerry (and doesn't care about the bills) has been tortured enough by either data roaming or limited data plans to have strategies for controlling the applications that are installed, while not completely disabling the Mobile Network.
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