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T-Mobile changes the game again: launches free unlimited global data roaming and texting

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 09 Oct 2013 11:07 User comments (5)

T-Mobile changes the game again: launches free unlimited global data roaming and texting

T-Mobile, which continues to be far-and-away the most consumer-friendly wireless carrier in the U.S., has unveiled its latest service, free unlimited international data and text services starting at the end of this month.
For customers with the new T-Mobile Simple Choice plans, the international roaming is free in over 100 countries, including countries that cover "pretty much everywhere people travel, about 95 percent of where people go."

Besides free data and texting, you can also make voice calls at 20 cents per minute. International roaming has historically been one of the bigger scams in the wireless industry with other carriers charging up to $18.99 per megabyte, and 15 cents per text sent or received.

T-Mobile does admit that the data will be very slow 2G speeds, just 128KB/s on average, good enough for emails, quick social networking, GPS mapping and basic music streaming but not too much else. You can upgrade to 3G roaming for a price, with daily, weekly, and two-week packages available.

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5 user comments

110.10.2013 02:58

MMMM?

OK, here's how I translate this, Hey have some free crappy 2G speed roaming but if you want what this advertisement suggests you going to have to pay for it.

Nice, just nice.


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210.10.2013 05:28

Originally posted by Dragon3000:
Nice, just nice.

It is.

Not perfect, yet a huge step forward.

"You know, it seems that quotes on the internet are becoming less and less reliable." -Abraham Lincoln.

310.10.2013 11:58

Originally posted by Dragon3000:
MMMM?

OK, here's how I translate this, Hey have some free crappy 2G speed roaming but if you want what this advertisement suggests you going to have to pay for it.

Nice, just nice.
Hope you're not bitching cause this is better than Verizon's translation of "here, have a crappy WORLD phone and you're gonna pay an arm and a leg to use it in ANY WAY in any country besides the U.S.A."

411.10.2013 11:08

If you get a SIGNAL. tmo is a crappy carrier here in US and worse overseas.

If you are going overseas I suggest get an unlock smartphone and buy the sim and data service with it for a month. I was in Asia 6 months ago and it was cheaper just to buy the data service. Cost me only $30.00.

515.10.2013 13:23

Sometimes i think people talk through their a****les. What volume of data transfers does a person - international traveler at that - need on his / her mobile phone that 2g - 3g is going to make a real difference. When it comes to texting it hardly matters. If one needs huge amount of data transfers to the phone that really needs 3g speed he/she is definitely using a wrong device.

Mind you they are talking about "International" where otherwise you either have no data cconnection or a phenominally expensive one.

My daughter brought her iPhone with Verizon global roaming which simply would not work. Indian sim would not work in her phone nor would her sim work on my BB.

Finally I simply managed to transfer her contacts to my BB with an Indian sim card and she was all set.

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