After someone told me their iPhone contract on O2 had an optional upgrade that for not much extra would allow them to use unlimited data when roaming abroad, I decided to call T-Mobile to see if they could give me anything similar.
Currently I pay them £15/month for "Web’n'Walk Plus", which means I have unlimited data use (exceeding the "fair usage" 3Gb monthly limit would be quite impressive) on the phone itself, and can hook it up to my laptop to surf and play poker when I’m travelling.
No such luck, they don’t offer any unlimited data plans for roaming.
However, they have a discount package for international data usage, which brings the roaming cost down from £7.50 per Mb to £3.00 per Mb. "It’s free, so I’ll just add it to your account", she said.
One Mb lets you check your email about twice, so it’s still an extortionate rate and I’ll probably not use it (unless I really can’t resist the urge to crank up Google Maps in the middle of the desert, just for curiosity’s sake) but suddenly the rate less than half what it would be otherwise.
What I don’t get is why isn’t that just The Price?