Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.

Pigs Can Fly

Which headline amazes you most?

‘Congress puts country before party’

‘Simon Cowell gives all his money to charity’

‘Mobile operator gives up roaming charges’

The gob-smacking news in The New York Times this morning is that T-Mobile is to abolish its roaming charges.

T-Mobile’s new roaming charges:

Data: Unlimited and free.

Texts: Unlimited and free.

Calls: 20 cents a minute.

T-Mobile customers get this automatically without having to sign up for it.

“T-Mobile’s CMO refers to “these bloated 90 percent profit margins” for rosming charges.

You could knock me down with a feather.

Maybe pigs really can fly.

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  1. Lefty Goldblatt
    October 18, 2013 11:32

    It’s a cartel isn’t it? So they all need to agree to stop shafting consumers?
    If they do it will be great – people will start using their fancy phones more liberally – in the long run it could provide more revenue for the telcos.

  2. david manners
    October 18, 2013 13:11

    Well Yes, Lefty, I’ve been in the US for a week and my data roaming switch has been off all the time. So the telco gets zilch. If they’d been prepared to take say £25 off me for data roaming I’d happily have paid it. But I’m not going to pay the telcos’ crazy charges. And for calls I have a cheap US PAYG phone so, again, my UK telco gets nothing from me while I’m here. So Yes, I think T-Mobile’s move, if followed by the others, could generate more operator revenue

  3. Terry
    October 18, 2013 11:32

    Remarkable news David, and most welcome. Next thing you’ll be telling me that Tony Blair’s started telling the truth.

  4. david manners
    October 18, 2013 13:00

    Ha Ha, Terry, now you’re getting silly!

  5. Mike Bryant
    October 18, 2013 09:35

    Probably with a special “only in London” tariff just like their 4G rollout !!!

  6. Mike Bryant
    October 17, 2013 18:49

    Since Orange and the other lot merged into EE you can’t get a signal at home so what chance have you abroad. Free ‘no signal’ is not actually any good to anyone.

  7. david manners
    October 17, 2013 20:05

    But it’s a jolly good example Mike. The others will have to follow.

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