Sprint now offering free international roaming

Sprint is taking another page out of T-Mobile’s playbook and announced Friday that it was offering International Value Roaming. This new feature gives customers unlimited data roaming and texting while traveling to select countries in Europe, Latin America, and Japan.

The data roaming, like T-Mobile’s plan, allows no charge use at 2G speeds, enough for email, messaging and basic browsing. Voice calls are billed at 20-cents-per-minute, to any destination.

The initial batch of eligible countries is small, but not insignificant. International Value Roaming is available in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Russia, South Korea, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

In addition to the free roaming, customers with iPhones and select Android devices can also leverage Wi-Fi calling when connected to any number of hot-spots. Customers can also buy higher-speed (3G) mobile data packages too. A $15 day-pass is good for up to 100MB, a $25 seven-day pass is too for 200MB, and 500MB can be had for $50 over a 14-day period. There are no overages, speeds just revert to 2G when the threshold is reached.

Of course, Sprint will add countries to the list as it expands its program. It is easy to see where Sprint is copying borrowing from T-Mobile, right down to the language, “…understanding customers’ pain point,” common phrasing from Team Magenta’s colorful CEO, John Legere. However, Sprint makes no bones as to whom it hopes to draw interested customers from, AT&T and Verizon. These options are quite a bit more attractive than the international packages currently available from the two larger carriers.

International Value Roaming is also part of Sprint’s Unlimited Plus Plan, which is available exclusively to owners of the new Samsung Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 edge. It offers unlimited everything in the US, plus the international roaming, and a free phone for $80 per-month.

source: Sprint

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6 Comments

1. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Sprint and T-Mobile have really started to up their game. It's really hard to find reasons to stay with bigger two, especially now that Sprint and T Mobile are rapidly improving their networks and value.

2. ECPirate37

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I agree. I like Sprint making this move even though T-Mobile's is still a better deal. Anything that gives more to the consumer is good. I've used T-Mobile in 5 countries and always had a good experience. One major difference is T-Mobile gives you 4G speed when you pay extra, and Sprint is only doing 3g.

4. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Well coverage is still quite important. Really wish they would spend some of their money on network expansion rather than promos and gimmicks, but this is at least a good promo, it can be beneficial for a good number of people.

3. vananucho

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

How about just simply start selling unlocked phones and unlock all the ones existing that have GSM capabilites like the G2, G3, Gflex, Moto X? All US carriers should follow that step from Verizon. It's easier to get a $5 sim card from any carrier let's say in Mexico, load $10 or $15 (Which in most mexican carriers, gets you unlimited social networks/bunch of sms & minutes enough for one long trip) + you get 3G & even LTE in some areas.

5. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Dam i Wish Att did this ..ugh my last bill was 675 for using it in mexico even tho i added their passport plan which btw SUCKS i had data off and only used it when i needed to get driving directions and immediatly turned it off when i was done and they still managed to find a way to charge me 675. I tried a TELCEL sim but its such a hassle for me cuz i have family in PUerto rico n miami and i gotta give em the mexican number ,and some of em dnt even know how to txt or call a mexican cellphone number,only advantage att has when roaming is when people call or txt your US number and call or txt goes directly to my phone were ever i am in mexico..

6. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

try harder sprint yur in tmobiles dust...------>

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