T-Mobile US announces no-extra-charge data roaming and texting in 100 countries

T-Mobile US announces no-extra-charge roaming 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?

Source: T-Mobile

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T-Mobile US announces no-extra-charge data roaming and texting in 100 countries


I've been looking into T-Mobile. Now if I could compare the service quality around town compared to the poor service quality that Verizon gives I would be more confident. Not having to worry about international roaming charges is just a bonus. I was in the UK for three weeks 18 months ago visiting home and at the time had an iPhone 4. I forgot about getting a 'loan' phone from Verizon and rather frustrated I paid $950 for an out of contract iPhone 4S and then spent the equivalent of another $300 on data costs in the two weeks I used the phone. I worked out that even if I had used a loaner phone I would have used almost that during the 3 weeks for data as my Mum didn't have internet at her house (or rather had broadband service but didn't connect the equipment and it wasn't until the day before I left that she asked me what this strange box was that the cable guy had installed behind the TV and she had unplugged because all those flashing lights worried her).

My brother though would have been out an iPhone 4S but I would have been far better off financially.

I'm seriously considering switching over when my contract expires or by the time the next iPhone is launched.

T-Mobile is starting to look like a better choice all the time....

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Real world carrier testing, done by an independent third party and thousands and thousands of users in the real world. You can look at real world network performance. I have their app on my phone an run tests all over the place...

For a world touring musician, this would absolutely work. Beats the heck out of Sprint. I'm stuck with Sprint for two years, but T-Mobile is looking really good.

This is a bold step that will probably set a new rates-slashing trend on roaming charges. We expect to see a lot of Operators from different geographical areas form partnerships that enables their subscribers to use the local network without incurring ridiculous roaming charges. There are also solutions in store that enable the roaming subscribers to receive instantaneous alerts on the prevailing local rates as soon as they arrive at their destinations. We expect with these developments, bill shocks on travel to reduce significantly.