Some of our friends have asked about the plans and decisions we made before selling our house and car and moving out of the US. So we started writing down the kinds of decisions we had to make and what we found out. We thought we would add some of the things we discovered and the decisions and dilemmas we dealt with.
We don't know what we
don't know until we ask questions of ourselves and our environment. Here
is Ray's take on the technical issues of cellular or hand phones:
how important mobile phones have become to all of us. Without them we
feel like we are cut off from our friends and the companies we do
business with. Traveling overseas can be a real problem when trying to
keep in touch.
Pat and I had service with AT&T for many
years. I didn't want to change carriers, primarily because I had been
with them long enough that my data portion remained unlimited, having
been grandfathered in. I have talked to several people that remain with
AT&T because of their grandfathered, unlimited data plans. Guess
what! We changed and don't regret it at all.
While we were in
Charlotte, planning our move to Singapore, Tom told me about talking to
T-Mobile and that I should go see them. I did. I cancelled our AT&T
service and paid the penalties for early termination and paid off the
phones. I took our existing phone numbers with us to T-Mobile and that
change happened before I left the T-Mobile store. Oh, and our total bill
We now have no roaming charges when we travel the
world, including unlimited data. If we are somewhere with wifi, calls
and texts to, and from the U.S. are free! Otherwise, the cost is
$0.20/minute. That is also the cost of calls to/from non-U.S. numbers.
One of the best advantages is that my data applications I rely on work
every where with no additional costs. I don't have to turn off my email,
texting and other apps, just because I am not in the U.S..