T-Mobile To Launch New International Calling Plans

T-Mobile promised to take a stronger look at international services and they are beginning to deliver with two upcoming prepaid (no contract) monthly rate plans. Starting March 13th T-Mobile will introduce two new prepaid (no annual contract) monthly rate plans that include unlimited calling to landlines including Mexico, unlimited texting to any mobile phone in the US and to any mobile phone in 220+ countries and discounted calling from the US to mobile phones in 200+ countries and to landlines in 150+ countries.

The $60 International Unlimited Talk & Text plan will include 100MB of data and the $80 International Unlimited Talk & Text will come with 2GB of data. Customers who wish to remain on their current plans can add the $10 unlimited international talk and text feature which also has no annual contract. These customers can call landlines in Mexico, Canada and 50 other countries plus receive unlimited texting to any mobile number in over 200 countries.

These plans are terrific options for frequent world callers and are pretty competitive when compared against the closest competition.

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  • Rfgenerator

    What we really need is break from the “bend over and grab your ankles” rates charged for data while roaming abroad.

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

      Well, T-Mobile already provides one workaround (Wi-Fi calling). Just grab a MiFi and a cheap data plan while abroad and you’re done! Even so, there really needs to be some overhaul on the pricing of roaming. What I don’t get is why doesn’t T-Mobile USA leverage Deutsche Telekom’s large portfolio of carrier partners to drastically lower, if not eliminate, roaming costs. Even excluding DT’s partners, DT owns a rather large number of national carriers across Europe and Asia. Many of them are even branded T-Mobile! Those could have zero roaming costs because it would literally be changing money from one branch to the other, which is financially and logically pointless.

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

      Well, T-Mobile already provides one workaround (Wi-Fi calling). Just grab a MiFi and a cheap data plan while abroad and you’re done! Even so, there really needs to be some overhaul on the pricing of roaming. What I don’t get is why doesn’t T-Mobile USA leverage Deutsche Telekom’s large portfolio of carrier partners to drastically lower, if not eliminate, roaming costs. Even excluding DT’s partners, DT owns a rather large number of national carriers across Europe and Asia. Many of them are even branded T-Mobile! Those could have zero roaming costs because it would literally be changing money from one branch to the other, which is financially and logically pointless.

      • Bob

        I agree 100%. Deutsch Telekom should have no roaming for all of their T-Mobile’s. Or calling between cell phones on any T-Mobile wherever it may be. This would be a winner.

      • Neoprimal

        Why? Because they’re not really partners. DT owns Tmobile but Tmobile is just a subsidiary, not a parallel partner or anything like that, like, for example the deal with Orange. DT is a parent company and Tmobile is basically ‘free’ to sink or swim. Swim and it gets to stay under a large umbrella corp where it can get a much needed infusion of resources when it absolutely needs to, sink and it could be sold off to the highest bidder in no time flat.

    • Snidely9447

      New company, based on Austria Telekom, http://www.abroadband.com just opened up with a data only roaming card. 59 Euro cents/mb (about 81 cents US). That’s 1/18 the price TM charges. They operate in 50 countries and have a trditional SIM and a “SIM on a stick” to plug into your computer.

  • Rfgenerator

    What we really need is break from the “bend over and grab your ankles” rates charged for data while roaming abroad.

  • Hanfeedback

    The topic is misleading, kind of sounds like they are launching international data roaming plans but in reality it’s new prepaid plans with international options.

  • Hanfeedback

    The topic is misleading, kind of sounds like they are launching international data roaming plans but in reality it’s new prepaid plans with international options.

  • http://twitter.com/Vegasgeoff Geoff Jones

    Outstanding. As a frequent caller and texter to Canada, this will be a significant savings.

  • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

    My question is: Will Even More Plus go away because of this?

    • Guest

      If anything the regular Even More plans will be reduced to Even More Plus pricing. The prepaid offerings do not affect the contract offerings.

      • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

        Yes, well… The prepaid option still doesn’t give you unlimited smartphone data like Even More Plus does.

      • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

        Yes, well… The prepaid option still doesn’t give you unlimited smartphone data like Even More Plus does.

    • Guest

      If anything the regular Even More plans will be reduced to Even More Plus pricing. The prepaid offerings do not affect the contract offerings.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.mingkee Matt Tsui

    Actually, it’s just $10 international call and text option added to prepaid monthly plan. Nevertheless, it’s still a good thing.

    • Disciple4life1998

      they already offer this for regular plans.

  • Albarrios

    got an email bout this about 3 weeks ago. save me a ton…

  • Jabombardier

    They should also allow prepaid international data roaming for those who travel overseas. Other than that the international plan is right up my alley.

    • http://anne.mangopapaya.net anne

      Thank you! That’s what I thought this post was going to be about (-_-) T-Mo needs to use their international connections and offer more international data plans. I usually end up buying a local SIM whenever I travel, but this will be much more convenient.

      • Trevor M

        Using Google Voice here to call whenever traveling Internationally. Or Skype, if I get desperate. Just got back from China, where I bought a cheap SIM card and got GoogleVoice to redirect my calls to the Chinese SIM number at 2c per minute. I have been waiting for TMO to start looking after its International Roamers for too long… (I also have a Vodafone-Ireland SIM for use in Europe and ROW).

        • http://anne.mangopapaya.net anne

          Thanks for the advice, but I was thinking more about data as opposed to phone calls or texting. It’d be nice to be able to check mail, use Google Maps, etc. abroad and not have to pay T-Mo’s roaming fee of $15/MB.

        • Snidely9447

          Trevor – Are you sure GV forwarded to your Chinese number? Every time I check, they say “not available” when attempting to fwd to an overseas number.

    • Neoprimal

      They do allow international roaming. Its just expensive.

  • Hector

    now thats what i call service love it lol now now wife can call her family and text her friends over sea’s thank you tmobile.

  • Anonymous

    for sure T-mobile. you should have done this a long time ago. i am game…i will add this to my plan–it will make talking to my family easier, as opposed to have rip-off calling cards, etc.

  • Vibrant Addict

    That is simply amazing. We get to talk and text unlimited here in the states, and we get to do it with some countries overseas as well. I applaud you T-Mobile, this is a direct hit to MetroPCS.

    • ATL guy

      That’s like bmw saying that’s a direct hit to honda

      • Neoprimal

        You’re not understanding his/her point. It isn’t about carrier ‘class’. MetroPCS has had for a long time, International calling that you can tack on to your plan for $10. So this IS a direct hit to MetroPCS because many of the customers who may have switched to that company for that reason now have another option.

        Of course, Tmobile is still about $10 more expensive than MetroPCS with comparative, plans but at least you can actually travel and use them in every state.

  • khaled

    Hopefully they include lebanon like simple mobile…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RNAEK4YVCN2LPL4IWFIFGGVAHE Odai

      I’m hoping they have Palestine..

      • Chaim Levine

        Im hoping they have Israel!!!!!!

        • Chuck Sheen

          Winning!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RNAEK4YVCN2LPL4IWFIFGGVAHE Odai

      I’m hoping they have Palestine..

    • switchola

      T-Mobile welcomes all to their international party- especially Lebanese.

  • Ljackson37

    Nice plan – already have the existing $10 option. But the real deal would be to add unlimited calling to international “mobile” phones. More and more people overseas have mobile phones (who cares about landlines anymore). If Tmobile added this, it would be the slam dunk for ALL US carriers.

  • Crazythunder1968

    tmobile makes for some extremely boring headlines. all other carriers have news about their latest and greatest phones. with tmo, this is as good as it gets. where’s my damn pyramid?

    • Meagan

      Oh good, I wasn’t the only one thinking that… O_0 Zzzzzz

  • ATL guy

    Well at least t mobile has a ton of good mid range android phones to send those texts from

  • Bob

    Folks if you have a wifi capable phone and/or 3g capable download Tribair or mobyler or the upcoming app viber. Free calls to any mobile if they also have either of these apps installed on their phone. Only drawback is it is for android or iphone or blackberry. The problem I have for this plan that T-Mobile is coming out with is it doesn’t cover cell phones as far as I can tell.

    • Neoprimal

      That’s not practical. Vonage has an app that allows you to call all your facebook friends – still not practical….because just not everyone will install/use these apps. It’s also not practical because not everyone has an Android, BB or iPhone so a ‘root’ method, ie: at the carrier level is nice and for $10 a month, a very good value.

  • Jon

    But this is for prepaid… why wont they offer something like this to contract customers? My mother in law and many other would benefit with long distance plans like this. Unless they already do and I’m unaware of it.

    • dcb

      Yes we do….if you have a plan that is 49.99 or higher that has unlimited domestic texting then it is an additional $10/mo to have the international talk and text.

    • dcb

      Yes we do….if you have a plan that is 49.99 or higher that has unlimited domestic texting then it is an additional $10/mo to have the international talk and text.

  • Jon

    But this is for prepaid… why wont they offer something like this to contract customers? My mother in law and many other would benefit with long distance plans like this. Unless they already do and I’m unaware of it.

  • Ahutsonsonsooner

    U can call internationally using wifi calling w the 4 g phones

    • Neoprimal

      Wifi calling terminates using the Tmobile network so calling from the US to International countries would result in international fees being applied.

      If you’re already overseas somewhere, wifi calling shines because you can use your tmobile sim and a wifi network to call anywhere in the U.S and use your minutes. This means no roaming unless you absolutely need the phone at all times and are going in and out of wifi service areas.

  • Jattdesi

    Does anyone know which 50 Countries are included in the $10 add on. jattdesi@hotmail.ca

    • TMORep

      Go to http://www.tmobile.com Click on “Coverage” then look for the link under the heading “stay connected worldwide” then under calling/messaging to other countries click international calling rates. Third paragraph down click the blue link, “see full list of countries”

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  • Hitcher140

    they need cell phone to cell phone unlimited international plans to any country world wide. Does anybody know of a company that does this?

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  • Lindacomp70

    hi all
    is it free for the international receiver of the landline call as well?  i dont want to ring home (calling USA to Australia) and my Australian call receiver is charged.  Any advice much appreciated.  Thanks.

    • Elektronix1

      Landlines usually does not get charged, I am pretty sure Australia is not the exception. Cellular lines are othe story. Mostly the are charged.