U.S. Carrier T-Mobile Offering Unlimited International Texting and 2G Data in 100 Countries

NewImageU.S. carrier T-Mobile today is announcing a new addition to its "UnCarrier" smartphone plans, adding unlimited texting and 2G data roaming in 100 countries, as well as voice calls from those countries at 20 cents per minute, reports AllThingsD.

Data speeds will be slow, but likely adequate for basic email and perhaps even for mapping and navigation apps. Users will be able to purchase increased data speeds, with speeds reverting to the slower, free option once they have run out. Passes are available for one day and 100MB for $15, one week at 200MB for $25, or two weeks and 500MB for $50.

The new program does require customers to return to the U.S. at least once every six weeks, and six weeks out of every three months must be spent stateside. The program rolls out to postpaid customers on October 31st.

The company also introduced a new plan for customers who call internationally, offering $0.20 per minute calls to many countries, including when dialing a mobile phone. Landline calls are free to 70 countries, while free texting to 200 countries is also included, for $10 per month.
The fear of high charges often prompts customers to leave their phones at home, keep them in airplane mode or turn off cellular data when traveling overseas.

“There’s just so many pieces of data that suggest to us this is a huge issue and pain point but also a huge opportunity,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere said in an interview, noting that Americans take 55 million international trips per year. However, he said 40 percent of customers turn off their phones to avoid high charges, while many others get stuck with high bills when they return.

T-Mobile launched a new phone purchase program earlier this year in an attempt to differentiate itself from other carriers, allowing customers to purchase phones for a moderate down payment and then pay monthly fees until the phone is paid for. After that, the owner's monthly bill drops.

In July, T-Mobile introduced 'Jump', a phone upgrade program that allows customers to upgrade phones as frequently as once every 6 months.

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23 months ago
AT&T, please copy them, or I will be switching carrier to T-mobile next year when my contract runs out.
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23 months ago
magenta making it interesting...

Great move by T-Mobile USA. Eventually this will force AT&T and Verizon to get more competitive with their [criminally-priced] international data roaming rates.
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23 months ago
As someone who just got back from several weeks abroad in various countries and bit the bullet and paid AT&T $120 for 800mb - I'd have killed for this.

I looked into local sims - but when your visiting multiple countries for only a few days each they quickly become not worth it.
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23 months ago

"There's just so many pieces of data that suggest to us this is a huge issue and pain point."


Translation: "This is one of the ways that ATT and Verizon f#$% you."
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23 months ago
This is the beginning of the end for ridiculous international roaming charges. A bright line moment in the evolution to a completely mobile telephony society. Good on TMO for throwing the first volley. Incidentally, they were also the first one to start to bring sanity to this area in the enterprise a few years ago. But since they're not one of the big players on the enterprise side people didn't notice it.

Hey AT&T: Tell us again why your takeover and consumption of T-Mobile would have been a good thing for consumers?

Now, if we would have only been able to convince the government to prevent the Comcast/NBC merger...
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23 months ago

I wish but doubt it. Att/Verizon have only been making their plans worse over the past 5 years.


T-Mobile has improved significantly lately.

Hell, check this out; this was on my mother's phone on MetroPCS, which is a T-Mobile MVNO. It's not even their primary brand and performance was excellent!
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23 months ago
I have good coverage so far. I just switch from AT&T.
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23 months ago
This would be great for FB status updates, Twitter updates, e-mail and text messaging including iMessage. I plan to visit family in Bavaria/Germany next year and always being connected to the T-Mobile/DT network from the moment I step off the plane in Frankfurt will be great. I can rely on hotspots and my hotel's wifi network for streaming and extensive web browsing.

Years from now, some people will look strangely at you when you tell them there was a time when you couldn't just use your phone/plan when you traveled from one country to another without a bunch of complications and excessive charges. The future should be about staying connected almost anywhere in the world without going through hoops/being drained for privilege.
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23 months ago
Congratulations T-Mobile. You just found yourself a future customer.
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23 months ago

AT&T, please copy them, or I will be switching carrier to T-mobile next year when my contract runs out.


I paid AT&T their ETF to bring my iPhone to T-Mobile before T-Mob officially supported it. WAY better company than AT&T.
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