T-Mobile adds free, unlimited global data in 100+ countries and removes high priced roaming charges
This is another feather in the cap for T-Mobile CEO John Legere who led T-Mobile through the end of subsidized phones and two-year contracts. T-Mobile JUMP, which offers customers the opportunity to upgrade phones as often as twice a year, was immediately copied by AT&T (Next), Verizon (Edge) and Sprint (OneUp).
According to T-Mobile, when U.S. consumers visit an international country and use their phone exactly as they do back home, the cost could be as high as $1000 a day. This has led 40% of U.S. international travelers to turn the data off their phone when abroad. Another 20% said they would do the same thing if they knew how. But Legere says that there is no reason to turn off the data at all. The executive said tonight that "It doesn't have to be this way. 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." The new plan starts October 31st and gives businesses and individuals using Simple Choice plans free, unlimited data and text in 100+ countries. Calls in the same countries will be billed at the rate of 20 cents per minute. The plan will start automatically on the launch date.
In addition, T-Mobile is charging $10 a month for the new Stateside International Talk & Text feature. This allows customers to make mobile to mobile calls to all Simple Global countries for no higher than 20 cents a minute. Calls to landlines and texts are free and unlimited.
T-Mobile also announced that its latest-generation LTE 4G signal now reaches 200 million people in 233 metro areas in the U.S. Recent speed tests have shown T-Mobile's LTE 4G service to be faster than similar service from Verizon and Sprint. In ten of the top twenty metro areas, T-Mobile's LTE signal is producing faster median speeds than AT&T's 4G LTE pipeline.
Lastly, T-Mobile announced a partnership with Grammy Award winner Shakira that will bring her closer to her fans, and offer T-Mobile customers exclusive content. T-Mobile will support the singer's new single and album. "Today is all about bringing the world closer together," Shakira said. "I'm excited to partner with T-Mobile and look forward to being able to share my music in new and innovative ways."
The bottom line is that T-Mobile continues to show remarkable innovation. Since starting the Uncarrier initiatives in March, it has added more net new postpaid customers than the number that joined AT&T, Verizon and Sprint added together.
1. TattooedMailman (Posts: 10; Member since: 31 Mar 2013)
This goes live the day I will be stepping off a cruise ship in the Bahamas. Will give me a nice chance to test this out
2. apple4never (Posts: 969; Member since: 08 May 2013)
hope it dosent get delayed *cough cough* bbm for android
5. TattooedMailman (Posts: 10; Member since: 31 Mar 2013)
october 20th for new customers 31st for existing. Unfortunate the list doesnt include the bahamas. Bummer
3. Omarc07 (Posts: 262; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
i guess ill have to get a tmobile lg g2 n try this out on mexico city when i go next month because att is expensive when roaming in mexico..
9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8794; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Pull the trigger and get the Note 3! Best decision I've ever made.
15. Omarc07 (Posts: 262; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
noo too dam big had note 2 returned i was embarrased to answer it out in public people looked at me weird besides i had samsung phones all my life i wanna switch it up it a lil bit.
18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8794; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I respect your opinion. Note 3 fits all my needs. Whatever fits yours, go with it.
+1 to you sir.
31. miles16852 (Posts: 208; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
lol, too embarrased to answer it in public, well you should try the samsung mega! i love it! i DONT care what people think, judging from your photo, you look rather young, which explains why you let others make you feel embarrased to have a large phone, most new phones are 5' and above, get used to it, and stop letting 'the puble' make you feel embarrased, LOL !
32. miles16852 (Posts: 208; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
correction,, most new phones are 5" not 5' lol !!
33. gaby1451 (Posts: 113; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
Nokia lumia 1020! Xperia Z1! Oh oh! iPhone 5s :D
4. Hammerfest (Posts: 370; Member since: 12 May 2012)
The real news repeated again here:
"Since starting the Uncarrier initiatives in March, it has added more net new postpaid customers than the number that joined AT&T, Verizon and Sprint added together."
And thus TMobile grows! (I hope it continues, after-all, the GNote3 from TMobile is unlocked... even if I wont be purchasing it)
6. gentleman559 (Posts: 22; Member since: 08 Aug 2013)
The Note 3 is NOT unlocked. But is unlockable. I have one and it was locked until I unlocked it
10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8794; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I'm curious as to how Verizon, AT&T and Sprint respond to this. Can't wait until the new ads show off the Uncarrier Network making the best changes to the wireless industry!
14. Blazers (Posts: 238; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
I am 95% certain AT&T won't follow this.
As for Verizon, I don't know why they didn't make some free (or at least discounted) roaming agreements with Vodafone back when they were partners.
19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8794; Member since: 14 May 2012)
They're all about making $$$$ that's why.
22. tuminatr (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)
11. datsyuk (Posts: 173; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)
Good for T-Mobile. I'm with my family on Verizon but this is great for consumers. Hope they do very well so someone like Verizon (haha) follows along.
17. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8794; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Doubt it. The only time the words Verizon and free are in the same sentence is when some says Verizon never gives away anything for free. They're all about robbing people of their money, which is why they were guilty of fining their customers over $60 million in 2010 I believe and had to pay it back to their customers.
12. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Alright, you can thank me now.
I said months ago it could be international something. It was international something. I win a prize.
20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8794; Member since: 14 May 2012)
24. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8794; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I crack myself up sometimes.
Glad you were a good sport about it. Here, have this since I feel bad.
13. ngo2dd (Posts: 790; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
You guy know it is just edge data. So it is pretty much useless if anything beside checking your email. They maybe faster but all of northern and central Michigan t-mobile have no service. So it don't matter if you have no service.
34. ngo2dd (Posts: 790; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
Look it up on their website it said 2g. If you want 4g it is up to 50 dollar for 500 mb. That is phonearena is a bad site they don't show you all the fact.
40. JDogg5281 (Posts: 60; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
That is still more free data than verizon, att and sprint even if it is only 2g
21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8794; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Europe is blanketed with 3G thanks to their older brother.
26. Omarc07 (Posts: 262; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
well i wanna test it out in mexico since tmobile roams on TELCEL 3G i know because i tried tmobile in mexico before gets 3G via telcel and telcel is like the verizon of mexico has 3G literally everywhere even in the small towns outside the city it has 3G.
29. Bernoulli (Posts: 1473; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
True, when I go there I actually forced my then t-mobile phone on movistar, since the place that I visited was saturated with people using telcel and not many use movistar, anyway, actually the Verizon would be iusacell, since they both operate on the same cdma network and have good service in the rural parts of San Luis Potosi, and telcel would be like at&t where they charge you out the ass, but movistar is the mexican version of t-mobile, always looking out for the consumer having the best deals and being owned by a European parent company
38. Omarc07 (Posts: 262; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
true telcel network becomes overloaded so ill try movistar only problem i had i would only get 2g edge on movistar while roaming with my tmobile s3 only on telcel i would get 3G i dnt know why if i was in mexico city were movistar also has 3g but for some reason i only got 2g with them so i had to use telcel
25. FakeMatt (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)
This is probably one of the single greatest, much needed, change to come to the wireless industry yet.
27. Topcat488 (Posts: 1169; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
I like that T-Mobile has switched sides... Consumers > Mob Carriers.
T-Mobile is crushing his former partners in crime,,, Telling all the secrets that Carriers are doing.
Like a mob turn coat that's now helping the people,,, And we'll keep them in our witness protection program. Thanx T-Mobile. ;)
28. virtuallypete (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Jul 2013)
Calls are $.20/min
Calls over Wi-Fi are $.20/min
Texts over Wi-Fi are $.20 each
If I had a nickel, right T-Mobile?
30. Bernoulli (Posts: 1473; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
No retard, the cost is when you dial from home back to that country to a mobile, using wifi calling doesn't even constitute roaming
36. virtuallypete (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Jul 2013)
A. You're a douche
B. Your uninformed
That’s right. Unlimited data coverage in over 100 countries will be included in our Simple Choice Plan at no extra charge. Even better, texting is free and calls are only 20 cents a minute. Pack your bags, it starts October 20 for new customers and October 31 for existing customers.
It’s simple. With a qualifying Simple Choice Plan, you’ll be automatically covered worldwide, in addition to unlimited talk, text and data while on our home network. Only at T-Mobile.
37. Bernoulli (Posts: 1473; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
I've had training over this, I knew about this for well only a week but still longer than the average person, I work at a retail store, sorry the way you were saying things was making it sound harsh towards magenta, but yes our home coverage is now greater than Verizon's ever will, virtually eliminating roaming. Best part is if you can get hspa+ or LTE in a different country is you get to have such speeds, no throttle
39. virtuallypete (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Jul 2013)
Again uninformed. Data speeds are 2G when traveling internationally with the simple choice plan.