T-Mobile To Unveil New International Calling Plans

T-Mobile is set to become the first national carrier to introduce an international calling and text package just in time for the holiday season! Starting December 8th and available to most postpaid plans $49.99 or higher T-Mobile will allow calling to 56 countries most popular long distance calling destinations. For just $10 you can call any international landline in these 56 countries and text to any mobile number worldwide. Just to be safe and reiterate, this package is for calls to LANDLINES only, no mobile-to-mobile included in this package. If you already have an existing text plan on your existing line, that’ll be $25 a month for this package altogether. Calls out of this plan don’t incur any extra costs of course as is this point of this package, but they do come out of your package minutes so any overage charges would be incurred as is the norm.

Family plans and this new international package are going to work a little differently as this package is for individual lines only with no current “family” plan available. Instead of trying to explain it I’m just posting the images we’ve received which will hopefully make more sense than any explanation I could offer.

Some other worthy notes:

New Customers:

New customers who want International Talk & Text must select a plan with unlimited messaging built into the plan or choose the International Talk & Text + Unlimited US Messaging feature. The International Talk & Text + Unlimited US Messaging feature includes unlimited domestic messaging so a separate messaging feature should not be selected (systems will not allow this).

Existing Customers:

Existing customers who have a plan with unlimited messaging already built into the plan can add the $10 International Talk & Text feature. Otherwise, they’ll need to add the International Talk & Text + Unlimited US Messaging feature. Since the International Talk & Text + Unlimited US Messaging feature includes unlimited domestic messaging, it is not compatible with any other messaging feature. Any existing messaging feature must be removed by adding the International Talk & Text + Unlimited US Messaging feature.

At first glance, this looks like a pretty nice offer from T-Mobile further cementing themselves as a low cost leader among the big four national carriers. Obviously time will tell to determine if a package like this meets with success as international calling is a big expense these days and we welcome this package in order to try and eliminate costs.

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  • Justaphoneuser

    Why not just use Google voice? You could talk and text for hours and it will still come out cheaper. Plus you can still check your messages when you are abroad…

    • Joe

      I thought Google Voice does not allow international texting?

      • Donkey

        Also I thought Google voice could make outbound call from Android devices.

        • Joe

          Google Voice can and does make outbound calls from Android phones

        • Sapphire3g

          It can, but it is not a VOIP client. It still uses forwarding to a US domestic number and then that local number calls whatever number you are trying to call.

      • http://twitter.com/collinrupp Collin Rupp

        It doesn’t allow international text messaging. It does allow for cheap international calls. I spend more than $20/month calling Australia. ($0.14/min)

    • Donkey

      I think it is good plan for people who do not use/have smart phones. When you are abroad, you would need either roam (very expensive) or in WIFI area to use Google voice or Skyep. Also WIFI will cost you a bit while you are abroad.

  • Setiarohit

    Awesome !!

  • Coco

    This is very good for our customers. They will save thousands.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MatthewSki Matthew Kalinowski

    nice

  • timmyjoe42

    Not Sweden or Finland?

    These are my wife’s 2 biggest countries. :(

  • Trevor

    What a joke. Where is the International Roaming — which would be a killer feature? Fire the T-Mobile marketing managers. They just don’t get it…

    • http://twitter.com/collinrupp Collin Rupp

      Why not just unlock you phone, and get a local number? T-Mobile does unlock phones for free.

    • http://twitter.com/collinrupp Collin Rupp

      Why not just unlock you phone, and get a local number? T-Mobile does unlock phones for free.

    • Dan317

      Cause money grows on tress. If only it was that easy.

    • Branon

      Completely agree..Tmobile has astronomical roaming rates (specially data) compared to AT&T and Verizon.

      • T-Mo Matt

        Maybe you should check the rates before comparing T-Mobile to AT&T and Verizon, Per their web sites as follows. AT&T data while roaming internationally is $19.50/mb and to send sms is $0.50 and sending mms is $1.30 Verizon international data all countries except Mexico and Canada is $20.48/mb and sending sms is $0.50 and $0.05 to receive. Most other rates for making calls are the same as with T-Mobile since the rates are set by the foreign carriers. T-Mobile international data is $15.00/mb for all countries but canada where it is $10.00 Sending sms and mms are $0.35 and free to receive if you have a message bundle. So how does that make our roaming rates astronomical since we are the cheapest to roam with. Feel free to visit http://www.att.com and http://www.verizon.com to see for your self.

      • T-Mo Matt

        Maybe you should check the rates before comparing T-Mobile to AT&T and Verizon, Per their web sites as follows. AT&T data while roaming internationally is $19.50/mb and to send sms is $0.50 and sending mms is $1.30 Verizon international data all countries except Mexico and Canada is $20.48/mb and sending sms is $0.50 and $0.05 to receive. Most other rates for making calls are the same as with T-Mobile since the rates are set by the foreign carriers. T-Mobile international data is $15.00/mb for all countries but canada where it is $10.00 Sending sms and mms are $0.35 and free to receive if you have a message bundle. So how does that make our roaming rates astronomical since we are the cheapest to roam with. Feel free to visit http://www.att.com and http://www.verizon.com to see for your self.

        • AnonyMouse

          Awesome Job Matt. I hate when people try to insult with poor information. It just goes to show that one of the biggest problems facing our economy is consumer stupidity. Call is consumer misinformation, false advertising, or whatever you want but its just plane consumer stupidity. Its why infomercials work so well, and why people are willing to buy a cereal brand for the prize in the box (metaphorically speaking sometimes). If we, as consumers, were wiser and more intelligent with our money then we could have a huge positive impact on the economy. We would slow and possibly end scams, false advertising, poor quality products, and more. Yet people still buy on impulse and poor intelligence and so we get stuck with Apple Produc…..errrr….I mean lower standards for products and consumers.

        • Branon

          Actually, no. If you know that you are going to go abroad and want to use data, AT&T provides heavilly discounted roaming packages.

          http://www.wireless.att.com/learn/international/roaming/affordable-world-packages.jsp?wtSlotClick=1-0044LQ-0-1&WT.svl=calltoaction#data

  • Hohoeyo

    How much would this cost if I’m on the $89.99 Unlimited Family Loyalty Plan?

  • Hohoeyo

    How much would this cost if I’m on the $89.99 Unlimited Family Loyalty Plan?

  • alt-mobile

    I think is a FANTASTIC idea. I don’t call internationally that often at all (maybe a few times a year) but I know for other people this will be great.

    Any idea if they plan on expanding the country list?

  • alt-mobile

    I think is a FANTASTIC idea. I don’t call internationally that often at all (maybe a few times a year) but I know for other people this will be great.

    Any idea if they plan on expanding the country list?

  • Anonymous

    Looks good at first but it’s still more expensive than Rebtel PAYG, Rebtel works with any sourcing phone too — landline/mobile/non-smartphone.

  • SublimeDavid

    this feature will definitely work, Where I work I get alot of people asking about why we dont offer this and cricket and other carriers do. Ive told them for a while it was coming but wasnt given a date, I’m glad that they are finally rolling it out though.

  • Chatter

    I think this is a great feature for corporate America that does lots of international business. With the time differences, I can be at home and still call Asia from my cell, get work done and all for $10 per month. I’m sure families could find this useful too but I feel that this is more of a business targeted offering. Exciting either way!

  • Chatter

    I think this is a great feature for corporate America that does lots of international business. With the time differences, I can be at home and still call Asia from my cell, get work done and all for $10 per month. I’m sure families could find this useful too but I feel that this is more of a business targeted offering. Exciting either way!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Max-Magana/1129472245 Max Magana

    What I want to know is, if I call someone in the UK, will they get charged because I’m calling from the US, or does it only use up their minutes?

    • Rickdsf

      They will not be charged if it a land-line but if the number is a cell number, they will be charged.

      • Ela

        Wrong. In Europe (and most of the World except the US) incoming calls are always free. The caller pays for the airtime.

        • Batitong

          Very true, in the Philippines and most Asian Countries, incoming Call and Text are always FREE, it does not count against your minutes nor messaging bucket. The Caller is the one that is being charged against their minutes and messaging bucket. (In the US, they CHARGE you both ways).

        • Ultimate Darkness X

          That isn’t entirely true, not everyone charges in the US for incoming calls. T-Mobile for example doesn’t charge you if someone from another country calls (with the exception of airtime) and they don’t charge you for an incoming SMS/MMS. They only charge you when you do the outbound activity. Granted that isn’t true with every other carrier, I just wanted to point out it isn’t with every phone provider that you get charged for receiving. :)

        • Anonymous

          @U-Dark – sorry, T-Mo, and pretty much every other carrier (but you are right, not all) do “charge” you for incoming international calls, they charge airtime. In Europe & ROW they do not even charge minutes for incoming calls, irrespective of where they originate.

          The EU/ROW charge to originator for incoming calls explains why landlines are free, or very cheap, and mobiles more expensive.

        • Jean_p57

          Wrong unless things have changed in the past year. When my parents called me from NZ or they and friends texted me, i lost airtime(minutes) for calls and was charged on my bill for incoming and outgoing texts. 15c incoming and 20c out.

        • Ultimate Darkness X

          That isn’t entirely true, not everyone charges in the US for incoming calls. T-Mobile for example doesn’t charge you if someone from another country calls (with the exception of airtime) and they don’t charge you for an incoming SMS/MMS. They only charge you when you do the outbound activity. Granted that isn’t true with every other carrier, I just wanted to point out it isn’t with every phone provider that you get charged for receiving. :)

    • Jean_p57

      Incoming texts and calls are free in the UK, Australia and New Zealand that i know of. Since its free in the UK, I would imagine much of Europe would be the same. And their plans are still very reasonably priced. In many cases cheaper than the US.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Max-Magana/1129472245 Max Magana

    What I want to know is, if I call someone in the UK, will they get charged because I’m calling from the US, or does it only use up their minutes?

  • Isiaka

    Where is Nigeria on the this list???

    • VisiTor

      Too many people will phone there asking for their promised millions from 411 scams.
      No network has the capacity to handle that.

  • Mark

    Hopefully t-mobile will add all the countries. Then it will be good competitive price against METRO PCS.

  • Rickdsf

    Great idea. MetroPCS offers the same service with many MORE countries for $5. I am bothered because the country I call, Sweden is absent from the T-Mobile list. Also, I wish we could easily use our phones on Germany’s T-Mobil’s European network when we go overseas without all the roaming charges. This would knock every other US carrier out of the water much more than the overseas calling option.

  • Gadgetprone

    Philippines is never on anybodys list for “calls” TEXTing yes…UGH! Checked all carriers and MVNO’s!

    • Anonymous

      check metro pcs. cheapest good quality talk with so so internet speeds

  • Anonymous

    this is disapointing..
    i might go with metro and its galxy epic

  • Ashro419

    Duuuude I really think that http://www.local011.com is the best choice for cheap international calls straight from your cell phone out there

    • atl

      Per your recommendation, I checked out local011 and now I recommend you to check the rates at Google Voice.

      • Liu

        local was cheaper for me

  • Mark

    I’ve been using Metro PCS for last 7 months and I am in Metro New York and so far the service is pretty good

  • Shawn

    No one cares about Metro PCS this is a freaking T-Mobile blog

  • Patricklbc

    Why is new international calling plan such a big news? T MOB should offer free voip international calls.
    there are many companies offering free calls these days like http://www.callarc.com you can make free calls from your mobile.

    • binfartin

      Dont waste your time with that callarc. It doesnt work!

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3E2QQBQNZNM3PM3FYV4Q3OSIDM brent

        Actually I just tried it and it does work “binfartin” They offer 5 min free first call and all others are unlimited if you use the callback. I guess it can be confusing for people who can’t read, haha

    • Patricklbc

      Def agree callarc.com offers value and binfartin either you must be wealthy and do not mind expensive international calls but for some of us it make sense to use callarc and i have alot on international calls.

  • Vinny

    Doesnt sound too revolutionary as the calling is only to landlines and most people around the world hardly use landlines these days….

  • Negrito Lindo

    i love that fact that tmobile decided to this, better late than never…and for the rest of you haters….keep using metro if that’s what you want but stop talking $%&#….love you magenta!!

  • DoDNoah

    It would be more appealing if it included mobile to mobile. A lot of people serving in Iraq and Afghanistan would fly to this if it were offered with m2m. I would consider bailing out of my new ATT Iphone for it.

    • Negrito Lindo

      it would be better of course if the M2M was included, however it’s still a sweet deal. hopefully they can fix the family plan issue, i dont see why customers would have to split the account, just add it as a separate feature (like the PHP bundle)

    • Azizkibombo

      men its the best way to go because itds few pple who use landline,so we r business pple we wont move with landlines becuase we are expecting an international call ,mobile to mobile is good to go

  • MarkV

    This is going to save me serious money. My wife’s sister lives in Norway and they talk a lot. Our plan includes discount call to Norway ($5/month) now we get unlimited calls for an extra $5. I luv Tmo

    • Je

      Except Norway is not in the list

      • Duh

        Yes it is

  • Rajesh

    Ooma is much better

  • Sitnlow

    would that include when im texting from my mobile while in canada?

  • Anonymous

    So I can make Unlimited calls to International Landlines after 9pm and on weekends?….I wonder if this’ll work with my Grandfathered Plan

    • Arun

      I just checked with TMO CS, it can be added as long as you have a rate plan >= $49.99

    • Arun

      I just checked with TMO CS, it can be added as long as you have a rate plan >= $49.99

  • http://twitter.com/mlococo Michael Lococo

    how about new phones?

  • http://twitter.com/mlococo Michael Lococo

    how about new phones?

  • Slug71

    About time T-Mobile! However m2m should be included and incoming texts and calls should be free anyway. All international carriers are free with incoming and the US plans are priced pretty high any when compared with other countries like the UK. Heck they can get a iPhone or Galaxy S AND a PS3 with Move for like 30 down and 30 a month.

    500 minutes, unlimited text(including international) and unlimited web should be $69.99 ideally.

  • http://twitter.com/ivet43 Ivet Ludena

    WHAT?!?! They forgot PERU!

    • Kevin

      did they?

    • Kevin

      did they?

  • Ati

    Why can’t T-Mobile separate voice calls from messaging? Those who make calls only, but don’t send messages, are obligated to pay $15 more.
    Unlimited international calls for $10 extra is an excellent idea, but for those who don’t make lot of international calls and don’t send messages, $25 per month is not a deal.

    • Rockyone2009

      i think still a very good deal even if they dont call or tex lot it is a bout .83 cents per day

  • http://ozamora.com Oscar Zamora

    Wondering if they have a “special” family pack like the $9.99 unlimited text for families

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Monica-Smith/100001685050469 Monica Smith

    duuuuuude, the best way for cheap international calls is http://www.local011.com or companies that use the same method… i believe that this is what we will be seeing more of in the near future

  • Skippy

    android phone users should just use google voice for international calls cheapest rates for both landlines and mobile

  • Anonymous

    Unlimited India Calling
    No per minute charges, simply Unlimited Calling to India at Monthly Flat Fee
    http://callmyworld.blogspot.com/2010/12/unlimited-india-calling.html

  • http://twitter.com/iDiotGear Rob Daman

    Who the hell calls Zambia? I don’t even know where that is! Has anybody ever met a Zambian?

    • Rasta

      We do u moron! Is this ignorance or u just don’t know?

  • jerod825

    so its december 12 where’s the plan

    • Gg

      look online under international calling services – under the services heading – then you will see connect worldwide : international calling – international talk & text $10 per month –

  • Kiariegathy

    hi we are t mobile customer why you dont include kenya on international plan ?

  • Nadertadros760

    I agree. local011.com is actually really good…

  • Azizkibombo

    all i need now is an internation plan mobile to mobile plan call and texting/big up

  • 19hasibreza

    whereas other companies like metroPC are offering fre unlimited international call to 100+ countries , why T mobile is taking it so lightly? I will change my t mobile contract…

  • Latidoe

    I wish T-Mobile wil just make it Mobile to Mobile Unlimited Flat prepaid monthly rate to All Countries. Lots of Immigrants are waiting for this kind of service to free them from calling cards. Skype, Viber, Tango, and FaceTime from Apple may be free via Wifi, But Wireless Providers SHOULD take the lead and make UNLIMITED INTERNATIONAL Calls, a STANDARD, and not loose customers to free providers. LEAD!!

  • Silvia lara

    I will like to call el salvador

  • Silvia lara

    Nobody have a plan to call el salvador why…