T-Mobile expands its Simple Global plan to 20 more countries

T-Mobile expands its Simple Global plan to 20 more countries
T-Mobile's Simple Choice postpaid subscribers who are out of the country for business or pleasure, have unlimited data, the ability to send texts at no extra-charge, and can make phone calls at 20 cents a minute from 145 countries globally. With the expansion of Simple Global, announced today, 20 additional countries are now included in the plan. This blankets all of Europe and South America. The carrier says that its plan now covers 90% of the destination spots Americans visit abroad.

Since 2013, the amount of data used by T-Mobile subscribers overseas has increased by a factor of 140. During the same period, the number of texts sent while overseas has increased by 1000%, and the number of calls placed while out of the country has gone up 600%. To avoid the high cost of using data overseas, 50% of smartphone users surveyed said that they turn off their data when touching down in a foreign country. That shouldn't come as a surprise to those Americans who often travel out of the country. According to RCR Wireless, last year U.S. businesses paid a mind blowing $7.3 billion to U.S. carriers for their employees' wireless data roaming charges.

According to T-Mobile, the standard data speed for the Simple Global plan is 2G (128kbps). Customers can pay up for faster service, with T-Mobile charging $15 for 100MB to be used in a day. $25 will buy you 200MB and $50 gets you 500MB. The last two options must be used within a two-week period. Last year, less than 1% of T-Mobile's Simple Global customers paid for a faster data speed, indicating that they find unlimited 2G data acceptable while away from home.

For those T-Mobile customers staying inside North America, the carrier's "Mobile without Borders" allows subscribers to expand the use of their T-Mobile plan in Canada and Mexico without 1 cent of additional charges.


source: T-Mobile (1), (2)

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4 Comments

1. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

Wish they had that in Europe!

2. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

It's not that since just because "less than 1% of T-Mobile's Simple Global customers paid for a faster data speed" it indicates that "they find unlimited 2G data acceptable". Rather, they more likely find that $15 for 100 MB or $50 for 500 MB are as much ripoffs as they'd get from ATT or VZW.

5. ECPirate37

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

When I was in Europe last year, I actually tried to pay for the for the faster data, but it never started, so T-Mobile had to refund it. I wonder how many other people had that problem. But for me, it was actually a blessing because the 2G speeds were actually 3G in a lot of places. But even on the slower speeds, I could use Google Maps/Navigation while driving, and use all of my chat apps Viber, Line, etc to make mobile calls. It really is awesome!

6. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Good idea but if they come to my country they'll flop badly because of their pricing. For $5 I am using a 7 GB 4G (60 up, 40 down) package. $15 for 100 MB is laughable lol. I am also using a 25GB 4G package for $11

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