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  1. evildoughboi
    evildoughboi 10 October 2013 at 7:25 am |

    I had an old Nexus one that was only capable of 2G speeds in certain international markets, so I had to make do. I was shocked how usable it was. It is much better than 1G and better than intermittent 3G/4G service I have with Verizon in some areas.

    2G loads steadily, which is the key. I don’t like it load quickly one minute and then really slow the next. As long as I can expect it to load in 20 seconds all the time, I’m all set.

    If it is too slow, there is always hotel wifi or cafes with free wifi you can use if you need a bit more speed.

  2. Golfingboy
    Golfingboy 10 October 2013 at 7:53 am |

    This is great news and I am curious to see what ATT, VZ, and Sprint does in the coming months. Hopefully, they will start offering something similar.

  3. NB
    NB 10 October 2013 at 8:25 am |

    This is excellent news and will, I hope, introduce some much needed price competition into the US cellphone market, which generally has ridiculously high fees and ridiculously little flexibility. T-Mo’s offerings get better and better for those who live in areas where it is strong.

  4. MilesAbound
    MilesAbound 10 October 2013 at 8:27 am |

    In the words of that Mackelmore* dude, this is f***ing awesome (*radio friendly version)

  5. TopGunner
    TopGunner 10 October 2013 at 9:58 am |

    Although there is justified skepticism of how much it might change an individual users’ experience, I think observant consumers will notice that T-Mobile’s untethering of service and device together with the simplified financing did instigate a market shift. Both VZW and ATT responded with their own, slightly modified, versions because consumers responded so well to a pro-consumer move.

    Part of me wonders how much of this pro-consumer experimenting by a struggling T-Mobile after the blocked merger with ATT is influencing DOJ’s review of LCC-AMRQ merger. Granted T-Mobile is not going to threaten the dominance of the two behemoths, but it seems to be doing a good job of keeping them honest as far as the marginal consumer.

  6. Alan
    Alan 10 October 2013 at 11:35 am |

    For a leisure traveler this means they will be able to run Google maps on their iPhone for free. 2G speeds should be sufficient enough for allowing people to walk around a city and navigate using a maps program, use Google translate, pull up wiki travel pages for recommendations, perhaps even fast enough to do a voice call via Skype.

  7. jackal
    jackal 10 October 2013 at 1:07 pm |

    I dunno…EDGE is often downright unusable on the iPhone. I think it works OK on the Blackberry because RIM does some data compression on its end, but on full-featured phones using an uncompressed data stream, it can be an exercise in frustration to even load basic mobile-formatted web pages. (And no, you will not be able to maintain a voice call on EDGE–it’s hit or miss even on 3G.)

    But this is a HUGE step in the right direction, and I love the candor of the CEO. I wonder if a journalist or someone will corner the AT&T or Verizon CEOs sometime in the near future and ask them point-blank to explain their roaming charge stances in light of the TMO CEO’s admission that it’s all profit.

  8. wendy
    wendy 10 October 2013 at 1:52 pm |

    tmobile has a couple very low price cell plans. it might be worth getting a tmobile phone for the out of country service.

  9. Miles
    Miles 10 October 2013 at 3:16 pm |

    For reference, all T-Mobile Simple Choice postpaid plans feature “unlimited talk + text + web.” However, if you exceed your paid data allocation the speed slows down. Data allocations: 500MB for $50/month, 2.5GB for $60, “Unlimited” (with no asterisk) for $70.

    Device cost is not included.

    CallerID (“Name ID”) adds $4 per month.

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