Then I found out Telecom had its own SIM cards for people to use with any unlocked GSM handset while overseas, instead of the more limited CMDA models available and I thought "why not then?"
Why not indeed. Before leaving home I inserted the Telecom SIM card in one of the i-mate Ultimate Windows Mobile devices I have here because those are quad-band GSM, EDGE and HSDPA devices. I also configured the data connection following the advice in this discussion.
And everything worked as expected - which means a great experience after all.
I turned the phone on in the LAX airport and almost instantly I had a connection to T-Mobile's EDGE service. Data roaming worked without a hitch, with my e-mails flowing to the device, quickly. My Twitter updates worked both via Fring as well as Internet Explorer mobile and everyone is happy.
Of course I could just as well get the Samsung CDMA Worldmode (which is both a GSM and CDMA device in one) and use it but it would be GPRS roaming only - and with the wrong GSM band for some places.
In all, with the right handset, Telecom has done really well. Good job. Now to use a T-Mobile Hotspot here at the airport, because that is still the cheapest option around here for mobile data.
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