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