T-Mobile launches 2G data roaming in 100+ countries at no extra charge

By , Oct 10, 2013

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Adamant to change the way the world uses their phones, Deutsche Telekom-owned U.S. wireless carrier, T-Mobile USA, on Thursday announced that it will make available cellular data service in over a hundred countries around the world, at no extra charge. It’s no secret the industry’s been charging huge fees for data roaming. “What’s most surprising is that no one’s called them out,” T-Mobile’s boss remarked unapologetically.

Indeed, the telco’s deal represents a significant departure from the exorbitant roaming fees wireless carriers typically impose and is a positive step toward providing global data coverage on fair and reasonable terms. The only drawback: only T-Mobile’s slow 2G data service is included in the promotion…

This won’t mean much to power users who surf the web, share a bunch of photos or access data-hungry content in roaming, but should be enough to use iMessage and other instant messaging applications, post status updates, check what’s happening on Twitter and so forth.

According to a media release, starting October 31 all individual and business customers on T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plan will be automatically enrolled  in unlimited 2G data and texting in 100+ supported Simple Global countries, at no extra charge.

The telco says this development has made its home data coverage area “larger than AT&T’s and Verizon’s combined”. See coverage and all of the countries included in the deal here.

T-Mobile’s outspoken CEO, John Legere:

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. 

You won’t have to activate anything or pay an extra monthly fee. Placing voice calls in roaming will set you back $.20 per minute for in-country calls. Additional terms, fine print and international services can be found on T-Mobile’s website.

Moreover, the telco announced a new $10 a month Stateside International Talk & Text feature that includes $0.20 a minute calling from the U.S. to all Simple Global countries, including mobile to mobile. In addition, the feature includes unlimited texting and unlimited landline calls to 70+ countries.

Finally, T-Mobile last night said its fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network is now nationwide, reaching more than 200 million people in 233 metropolitan markets across the United States.

You can check out T-Mobile’s coverage map here.

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  • Riley Freeman

    Not Impressed by this press release which doesn’t list the 100 countries anywhere

    • Rowan09

      They have it on their website for the countries they support. I’m from Jamaica so I’m happy to hear this, I can send a FaceTime voice call from Jamaica without needing to purchase a local sim. I’m on AT&T now but my contract is now up so on to t-mobile I go.

      • Riley Freeman

        I went on their website when I saw the post on crack berry and I didn’t see it anywhere. They wanted me to enter a zip code when I clicked the press release and then clicked their website. When things like this happen in Canada, there’s always a clear list. Usually in the press release or a simple link to the list.

      • Ted Forbes

        Facetime? No way it hardly works on 3g let alone 2g. Goodluck.

      • Rowan09

        That’s true I would have to use wifi. But sending texts at no cost is great.

  • Yujin

    Garbage gimmick. I rather just pay $15 bucks to get a local sim and probably a few gigs of data. Not mb

    • Rowan09

      How is this a gimmick when it’s free?

  • Antzboogie

    T Mobile’s approach has been sounding better and better every time.

    • james

      oh shiver me timber

  • n0ahcruz3

    Sweet!

  • Riley Freeman

    They must have fixed the link or idownloadblog just gave a proper link. When I went through what crack erry posted yesterday I couldn’t find shit

    • Ibro bawa

      Just admit you were wrong, the 100 countries have been listed since the announcement was made. You just didn’t see it. it’s okay!!