T-Mobile to offer free data roaming and texts in 100 countries
on 9 Oct 2013 08:06 pm
T-Mobile is taking their 'UNCarrier' efforts one step further today by going from having one of the expensive international roaming plan offerings to the cheapest, instantly. Rolling out on October 31st and dubbed phase three of their UNCarrier offerings, T-Mobile customers with a new Simple Choice plan will be able to take their device to any of the over 100 "Simple Global" countries around the world without incurring hefty roaming charges they've been used to previously.
"The cost of staying connected across borders is completely crazy," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile US, Inc. "Today's phones are designed to work around the world, but we're forced to pay insanely inflated international connectivity fees to actually use them. You can't leave the country without coming home to bill shock. So we're making the world your network - at no extra cost." "It doesn't have to be this way," Legere said. "The truth is that the industry's been charging huge fees for data roaming. But what's most surprising is that no one's called them out - until now."
Additionally, T-Mobile is also making it easier for folks in the U.S. to keep in touch with friends and family internationally. The new "Stateside International Talk & Text" feature will cost $10 per month for Simple Choice customers and offer discounted calls and texts from the U.S. to all Simple Global countries. You will never pay more than $0.20 per minute to any number in any Simple Global country, unlimited texting is included and calls to landlines in more than 70 countries will be unlimited at no additional cost.
The services aren't without some caveats though. You're not going to be getting free LTE data while on your trips and of course, T-Mobile does not expect anyone to run a T-Mobile account while living in say Canada. The services will be set at around 128kbps, which should be fine for normal activities but you're not going to want to stream movies at this level. T-Mobile will however offer plans for upgradeable speeds should you really need them. Need more info? Hit the source link for the full press release.