I posted yesterday about T-Mobile supposedly removing the port restrictions from their free WAP/GPRS access. I was paying for the full $19.99/month unlimited GPRS plan, but yesterday, I tried accessing via the WAP APN (wap.voicestream.com), and everything worked fine – web, IMAP email, MSN IM, etc.
So, I figured I’d test my luck. I called up T-Mobile a little while ago, and told them I wanted to drop the “T-Mobile Unlmtd VPN/GPRS” plan, but keep the “Included WAP Access – Free” plan. The rep I spoke to said that WAP was only for downloading ringtones, and I said I was OK with that. I figured, worst case scenario, if my access stopped working, I could call back and add the $4.99/month T-Zones plan, which gives the same GPRS access via the WAP APN.
The VPN plan disappeared from the “My Plan and Services” page on My T-Mobile almost immediately (I’m impressed – I expected the change to take “2 to 48 hours”, like everything else they’ve ever done for me). The WAP access is still listed.
Moment of truth – I pull out my MPX200 (reboot for good measure), then start testing. Web access works. MSN IM works. IMAP email works. woot!
I just saved myself 20 bucks a month, but I still have full access to everything via my Smartphone. That, my friends, is why T-Mobile rocks for anything to do with wireless data.