The Innocents Abroad: Text Messaging+Parents Overseas=Disaster Incoming?
March 25, 2013 8:01 AM Subscribe
My elderly parents are currently traveling in Europe (Greece, specifically) accompanied by their first smartphones (which are on a T-Mobile family plan that I pay for). Before they left, I repeatedly emphasized that they needed to install new microsims from a Greek telecom before they'd be able to use voice, messaging and data in Greece. I did not go into the concept of international roaming (primarily because it's extremely expensive, they would find it confusing, and I don't want them to use it). They said they'd get new microsims when they arrived. However, my mother's text messages from Greece still look like they're being sent from her U.S. number.
posted by longdaysjourney to technology (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
To go into more detail: my mother has fallen in love with text messages and has continued to send me and my brother text messages from Greece. These are showing up on my phone and my brother's phone as having been sent by my mother's U.S. phone number. Assuming that my parents have indeed replaced their U.S. T-Mobile microsims with microsims from a Greek telecom, why do my mom's text messages appear as though they are coming from my mom's U.S. phone number on both my phone (Galaxy Note 2) and my brother's (Iphone 4S)? Wouldn't her text messages appear to be coming from a new number (whichever is associated with the Greek microsim)?
I've been checking the daily usage on our family plan over at T-Mobile's site and I'm not seeing any indication that my mom is sending international text messages on our shared account, so I think (hope) that I won't be facing a gigantic phone bill next month. But I'm still curious about why the text messages that my mother is sending my brother and me still look as though they are being sent from my mother's U.S. number on both of our phones. I always thought text messages were linked to the microsim and not to the phone. But that doesn't seem to be the case in this instance. (For what it's worth, my mom's phone is also a Galaxy Note 2.) Do I just not understand how text messaging works or am I really on the hook for a ton of text messages sent from Greece next month?