If you’re of the cosmopolitan variety who traverses the globe regularly, T-Mobile may be the carrier for you.
T-Mobile US will begin delivering unlimited global data at no extra charge in 100+ countries, making the company’s home data coverage area larger than AT&T’s and Verizon’s combined.
The so-called “un-carrier” say it is tearing down borders and walking away from the U.S. wireless industry practice of charging exorbitant international roaming rates.
“The cost of staying connected across borders is completely crazy,” asserts John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile US, Inc. “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.”
Americans take about 55 million trips to destinations outside the U.S. every year. When U.S. customers use their phones abroad the way they normally do at home, their costs often total $1,000 a day or more.
“It doesn’t have to be this way,” Legere said. “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.”
In short, T-Mobile is expanding the home data coverage for most Simple Choice customers to include more than 100 countries, at no extra charge.
Starting Oct. 31, these Simple Choice individual and business customers automatically get unlimited data and texting in more than 100 Simple Global countries worldwide, and they will only pay a global flat rate of 20 cents per minute for voice calls when roaming in the same countries.
Eligible customers on T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plan won’t have to activate anything or pay an extra monthly fee.
Not too shabby, T-Mobile.