T-Mobile adds free, unlimited global data in 100+ countries and removes high priced roaming charges

T-Mobile adds free, unlimited global data in 100+ countries and removes high priced roaming charges
As expected, T-Mobile on Wednesday night has announced that the carrier will offer free unlimited global data in more than 100 countries to its customers. That makes T-Mobile's home data coverage area larger than the home coverage area of Verizon and AT&T combined. During a concert by international superstar Shakira in New York's Bryant Park, T-Mobile introduced the singer as a collaborator. But more importantly, T-Mobile has expanded the area that is covered by its monthly data plans and is eliminating high priced international roaming rates.

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.

source: T-Mobile

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35 Comments

1. TattooedMailman

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 31, 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: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

hope it dosent get delayed *cough cough* bbm for android

5. TattooedMailman

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 31, 2013

october 20th for new customers 31st for existing. Unfortunate the list doesnt include the bahamas. Bummer

7. harigrg33

Posts: 188; Member since: May 20, 2013

Bbm for android is dead I gues lol

3. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Pull the trigger and get the Note 3! Best decision I've ever made.

15. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I respect your opinion. Note 3 fits all my needs. Whatever fits yours, go with it. +1 to you sir.

31. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 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: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

correction,, most new phones are 5" not 5' lol !!

33. gaby1451

Posts: 119; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Nokia lumia 1020! Xperia Z1! Oh oh! iPhone 5s :D

4. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 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: Aug 08, 2013

The Note 3 is NOT unlocked. But is unlockable. I have one and it was locked until I unlocked it

8. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

that's a monumental move.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

They're all about making $$$$ that's why.

22. tuminatr

Posts: 1123; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

11. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

23. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Well then. That's disappointing.

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I crack myself up sometimes. Glad you were a good sport about it. Here, have this since I feel bad. +1

13. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 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.

16. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I highly doubt that. Most likely 3G/HSPA+

34. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 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: 74; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

That is still more free data than verizon, att and sprint even if it is only 2g

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Europe is blanketed with 3G thanks to their older brother.

26. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

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