For me, going away in September, it's great, but for some it might not help as like all the other nets except O2, it starts on 31st August.
The page/site link for the blurb direct is at:
T-Mobile New Roaming Rates Page
But to summarise in brief:
Cost to RECEIVE a Call will be 19p per minute inclusive of VAT (previously between 50p and £1.30)
Cost to MAKE a Call will be 38p per minute inclusive of VAT (previously between 50p and £1.40)
So these are not bad prices! No special opt in or package is required - these are base costs applied to all customers, so no need to opt in to any special Foreign Traveller Scheme or anything like some networks do.
The cost of sending a text will be 40p to send, free to receive.
The GOOD NEWS WITH T-MOBILE HOWEVER...
Roaming MMS will still cost only 20p AND these can be used as part of a Flext Customer's Monthly Allowance.
So you can send a massive 1000 character text, and provided you send it as an MMS not an SMS, it will cost just 20p, and will come out of your existing allowance. This is a really useful tip to remember.
Here's the official word on this tip:
"...And if you want to send a picture message to show everyone what a great time you're having, it only costs 20p - if you're a Flext customer, your allowance can only be used on UK minutes & texts, but picture messages whilst abroad do come out of your Flext allowance, which means you don't have to pay more."
Finally, this is how T-Mobile compare with the other networks for EU Roaming voice rates:
Orange - 19p receive/38p make (so the same)
Vodafone - Info on reductions still sketchy, but Voda do offer Vodafone Passport (75p for first min, then your normal UK package rates apply), as well as an optional chargeable International Traveller Service at £2.50 a month that reduces costs. (Voda also offer flat rate DATA roaming too - 12 Euros or £8.20 a day for 50MB)
O2 - 18p receive/35p to make (Applies to everyone automatically from end of August, but ANYONE can opt in NOW for the same rates)
Three - International Saver Option at £15 a month allows unlimited calls to 23 countries - unlimited defined as 3,000 mins per month. Otherwise their new rates are going to be 15p to receive, and 25p to make (so the cheapest Operator). Three also do "3 like home" which allows EU calls to be taken from your normal bundle etc.
Hope this info is handy, but for T-Mobile Customers going away after 31st August these will be the new rates, and for T-Mobile customers going away ANYTIME, remember the excellent tip about using MMS instead - much cheaper, and is included in your allowance!.
This is mentioned in another post, HERE but without the knowledge that this is official and correct policy regarding MMS.
Edited by shadamehr, 31 July 2007 - 04:46 PM.