T-Mobile Offering Free Overseas Data and Messaging
T-Mobile today announced that all Simple Choice individual and business customers will automatically have access to unlimited mobile data and unlimited messaging when they travel out of the U.S. -- for free. The free data and messaging will be available in more than 100 different countries around the world. Some of the countries include all of Europe, most of South America, China, India, Japan, Russia, and 98% of the destinations to which Americans generally travel. Further, T-Mobile customers will enjoy dramatically lower voice roaming rates of 20 cents per minute when traveling overseas. The catch boils down to data speeds. T-Mobile customers who roam overseas will be limited to 3G data speeds. T-Mobile is offering access to faster 4G data speeds to overseas travelers through daily, weekly, and monthly Speed Passes. The daily pass costs $15 and includes 100MB of 4G, the weekly pass costs $25 and includes 200MB, and the monthly pass costs $50 and includes 500MB. For customers in the U.S. who make lots of calls to people in other countries, T-Mobile introduced the Stateside International Talk & Text feature. For $10 extra per month, customers who choose this plan will never spend more than 20 cents per minute when calling any of the 100+ Simple Choice countries. Calls to landlines in 70 of the Simple Choice countries will be unlimited. The plan also includes unlimited international text messaging. Free international roaming and the Stateside plan both go into effect October 31.