T-Mobile on Wednesday made a move toward eliminating eye-gouging international roaming charges. As part of its UnCarrier initiative, the carrier detailed new unlimited international data and texting services at no additional cost. If you have an existing Simple Choice plan, you'll automatically get the new benefits starting Oct. 31. The option will be available in over 100 countries across the globe; voice calls are being offered at a flat rate of 20 cents per minute while roaming.
As smartphone technology continues to improve, exorbitant international roaming plans have remained; they've always been expensive and incredibly restrictive, but T-Mobile is again flipping the industry on its head. Rather than forcing travelers to either deal with or ignore mobile costs abroad altogether, the carrier is eliminating the issue so people can enjoy their vacations without worrying about coming home to humungous bills.
Over 100 countries are in T-Mobile's sights, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Greece, Germany, South Africa, New Zealand, Italy, France and more. Basically, any destination worth traveling to is covered, meaning you won't have to worry about staying in touch with loved ones while you're away.
"The cost of staying connected across borders is completely crazy," said T-Mobile CEO John Legere. "Today's phones are designed to work around the world, but we're forced to pay the insanely inflated international connectivity fees to actually use them." Legere went on to say T-Mobile's new initiative is designed to eliminate "bill-shock." "We're making the world your network," he said.
While the plans sound terrific, T-Mobile declined to go through every last detail of the new feature, such as what kind of data speeds people can expect while abroad, and if there will be caps. Chances are you won't be craving the highest possible speed while touring Venice, though being able to perform a Google Search at tolerable speeds would be nice. Either way, T-Mobile just got even more compelling.
In addition T-Mobile's move for worldwide domination, the carrier also said its LTE network is now available to 200 million people in 233 metros across the U.S. Not too shabby, especially when T-Mobile is claiming faster speeds than Verizon and Sprint.
"It doesn't have to be this way," Legere said. It doesn't indeed. Below is the full list of countries.
Aland Islands, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bonaire, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Christmas Island, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Easter Island, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mexico, Moldova, Montserrat, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Svalbard, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia