T-Mobile's Mobile Without Borders initiative brings free roaming services in Canada and Mexico

T-Mobile's Mobile Without Borders initiative brings free roaming services in Canada and Mexico

T-Mobile has just announced that, starting July 15th, all of its Simple Choice plans will get free roaming services in Canada in Mexico.

The carrier calls this move "Mobile Without Borders", and its introduction will mean that all T-Mobile subscribers on a Simple Choice plan will get free calling to and from Mexico and Canada, as well as all the 4G LTE data they're entitled to at no further cost. 

T-Mobile Simple Choice subscribers will now be able to travel all through North America and use the exact same services that T-Mobile offers in the US, although the carrier notes that the new plans are to be used primarily in the US, and are not destined for extended international use. 

T-Mobile's free roaming services will only be available for US residents, and will be free for all customers on a Simple Choice prepaid or postpaid plan. T-Mobile subscribers on promotional or legacy plans can still add the new Mobile Without Borders feature, but only for $10 extra.

Back in 2013, T-Mobile introduced a feature that allowed its customers to use roaming services for free anywhere in the world, but speeds were limited to 2G levels unless customers pay certain fees for faster access. This will still be the case for other countries, but in Canada and Mexico, roaming services will be offered at full speed.

In John Legere’s characteristic style and tone, the T-Mobile CEO argues that the new plans are preferable to all roaming services offered by other major US carriers, an affirmation that, at least at first glance, seems to be accurate. Check out the photo gallery below for more details!

Interestingly, T-Mobile’s Mobile Without Borders campaign comes just a couple of weeks after news broke out that the EU plans to make roaming charges illegal by mid-2017.


source: T-Mobile via MacRumors

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22 Comments

1. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

This is terrific! Hopefully, in 2 or 3 years this will include other countries around the world, including MetroPCS.

2. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

just as a fyi for others. This includes mexico to Canada. so say you are visiting mexico, and your friend is in Canada, works the same. Normally on simple choice it was 2g free data, free text, and .20 to call/min. Now it is your highspeed data bucket, free sms, and free calls. Just like going from New York to Florida, nothing changes. They are treating Canada and Mexico as a 'state'.

6. waddup121 unregistered

ty thank you

3. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

Nice, all they need to do now is increase the roaming data speed in other countries to 4G as well.

4. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Chill dude. They need something for future uncarrier moves. While I would be excited by such a move all at once, I do understand the need to space things out. Keeps hype going, which brings in more customers, which brings in more money for T-Mo, which in turn helps finance T-Mo bringing more of these moves in.

5. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

This cannot be done, as most phones sold in the US will not work on the LTE frequencies used in most other countries. 3G speed would be quite fine though.

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

What countries?

9. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Outside of the US and Canada, virtually all of them. As for 3G, most newer middle-end and up phones support 4 or 5 UMTS bands, which should work virtually all over the world.

11. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Or rather, outside of NORTH AMERICA, virtually no other countries use the same frequencies for LTE as in the US. Which is probably how far TMUS can guarantee LTE.

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Still didn't answer any question. What country. The reason I ask....Tmobile supports over 120+ Countries on their choice plan. Nearly all new phones will work LTE and if not they will have 3G/H+.

13. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Actually most countries have a standard set of frequencies. Usually 800-850mhz, 1700mhz, 1900mhz, and 2100mhz.

15. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

In Europe you will not find any of those frequencies in all countries. Rather, the 1800 and 2600 LTE bands are used everywhere in Europe and nowhere in the US.

17. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

It doesn't matter if the bands you use in one country for LTE are the same for LTE in another country. All that matters is that your phone supports that frequency. While on T-Mobile US I may be receiving LTE over 1700mhz and 2100mhz, if I go to a country that uses 1800mhz or what not, for LTE.. as long as my phone supports it, it's fine.

18. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

As an example, the iPhone supports LTE Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29. 1800mhz is band 3. Therefore, just because LTE is on a different band in your country than mine, doesn't mean I can't use the LTE in it, provided that my phone supports that frequency for LTE.

19. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

One of Sprint's LTE bands is Clearwire band 41 (2600 TDD) now part of Spark tri-band enhanced LTE along with Sprint PCS band 25 (1900 FDD) and Nextel iDEN band 26 (800 FDD).

23. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I meant band 7: 2600MHz FDD. A Sprint phone that supports band 41 but not band 7 still does not work in Europe.

10. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i will deff try that since theyres LTE in mexico city and morelia ill see how that goes , Lo malo que en mi rancho es puro 3G y leeeento haha :|

12. Quicksword_Phantom

Posts: 180; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

Too bad they still don't work on what should be their priority which is EXPAND your rural coverage T-Mobile. It's laughable how dead the signal is with them right outside of urban areas. Love T-Mobile but had to leave them for Verizon until they get their sh*t together. Hopefully the will fare well in the 600mhz auction.

14. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

They are expanding. Maybe just not as fast in your area as you'd like :)

20. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Not fast in any area. T-Mobile has not really expanded it's coverage in a long time and that is the problem. The only reason they can give away the farm as they have been doing is because they cant match the coverage offered by AT&T and Sprint, not to mention Verizon. Otherwise, T-Mobile does offer great prices.

22. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Actually they have. Tons converting 2g towers to lte1900 towers. Most rural towers are shared anyways in terms of placement.

16. crazicow

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

While this is great, it's actually kind of deceptive because this will NOT apply to people who are on a promotional simple choice plan (4 x 2.5gb for $100, 2 x unlimited for $100, etc.) - this will be an additional $10 charge for them.

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