T-Mobile US announces no-extra-charge data roaming and texting in 100 countries
T-Mobile US has gone rogue in recent months, zagging where big carriers previously zigged, and the latest example is their new data roaming plans, which they say are coming soon and will cover you in 100 countries at no extra charge. Fine print: You need a qualifying postpaid Simple Choice plan. Given how much roaming has traditionally cost - I think my last visit to the U.S. billed me out to $900 on voice and (mostly) data, if they come through in a meaningful way, this could be huge for travelers. John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile:
The cost of staying connected across borders is completely crazy, today's phones are designed to work around the world, but we're forced to pay insanely inflated international connectivity fees to actually use them. You can't leave the country without coming home to bill shock. So we're making the world your network - at no extra cost.
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.
Not much else is known right now, but if T-Mobile is either your carrier of choice, or a secret temptation, your iPhone could be about to get a whole lot more interesting, internationally. Add that to their Jump program for faster upgrades, and it could make a lot of people happy. Anyone else hoping this type of roaming love spreads?