T-Mobile Introduces $50 “Open Europe Plan” For International Business Travelers

T-Mobile’s continued efforts to reinvigorate its business-2-business unit has just been graced with a brand new Europe-wide 500MB roaming plant or $50 per line. The half-gig of data is available on both 3G and 4G networks Europe-wide and just like inside the US, hitting your data limit will lead to throttling rather than overage charges. The plan is available in 28 countries, including Germany, Greece, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

“Of the millions of international trips U.S. business travelers make each year, a significant portion are made to European countries,” said Frank Sickinger, vice president, business sales at T-Mobile USA. “For these customers, our new T-Mobile Open Europe data feature dramatically reduces costly international data roaming tolls, controls the risk of data roaming ‘bill shock’, and provides data connectivity required to conduct business from London to Moscow – all for a predictable $50 monthly fee.”

 

Full Press Release: 

T-Mobile USA, Inc. today introduced its new
flat-rate T-Mobile® Open Europe unlimited data feature for business customers. Designed to address the increasing demand for data, the costs associated with international data roaming, and businesses’ desire for more predictable costs, the $50/line per month T-Mobile Open Europe plan provides business customers with unlimited data, including up to 500 MB full-speed data, within 28 European countries1with no international roaming tolls. The new T-Mobile Open Europe plan complements the company’s existing portfolio of international offers and solutions for business customers including: Wi-Fi Calling for Business™, T-Mobile Global for Business™ and T-Mobile Global Corporate Access.

According to the Global Business Travel Association, American business travelers are expected to take 437.9 million trips costing approximately $265.5 billion by the end of this year. International outbound travel will continue to drastically outpace domestic travel. GBTA expects U.S.-initiated international business trips is expected to hit 6.8 million trips in 20122. With this kind of expected business travel and with data usage on the rise, CIOs and decision makers are looking to address the challenges of international mobility. At the top of this list is reducing or controlling the high costs associated with international data roaming.

“Of the millions of international trips U.S. business travelers make each year, a significant portion are made to European countries,” said Frank Sickinger, vice president, business sales at T-Mobile USA. “For these customers, our new T-Mobile Open Europe data feature dramatically reduces costly international data roaming tolls, controls the risk of data roaming ‘bill shock’, and provides data connectivity required to conduct business from London to Moscow – all for a predictable $50 monthly fee.”

The new T-Mobile Open Europe plan, available next month, advances T-Mobile’s effort to support CIOs and IT decision makers as they navigate the challenges of international mobility by offering a range of solutions.

  • With T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi Calling solutions, for example, business customers can avoid international roaming fees when accessing global hotspots and enhance coverage and data access in areas where a cellular network signal is limited or unavailable.
  • For additional savings on international voice and data roaming in more than 200 countries across the globe, T-Mobile offers its pay-per-use T-Mobile Global for Business plan for a low monthly access fee of $9.99 per month per line.
  • Making it easier for CIOs and IT decision makers to manage mobile connections and containing international roaming costs, the T-Mobile Global Corporate Access solution offers easy, secure online access to corporate tools and resources from more than 700,000 domestic and international hotspots across the globe regardless of device manufacturer, platform or network. With a single login for up to five devices per subscriber, T-Mobile Global Corporate Access also provides predictable, unified billing and web-based management, integration with a corporate VPN, and real-time reporting.

Availability

The new T-Mobile Open Europe data plan is expected to be available to business customers in August. More information about T-Mobile’s offerings for business is available at http://business.t-mobile.com/.

1 Open Europe includes data usage on select European networks: Austria (T-Mobile), Belgium (BASE), Bulgaria (GLOBUL), Croatia (Tele2), Czech Republic (T-Mobile), Denmark (Telenor), Estonia (Tele2), Finland (Elisa), France (Orange, Bouygues), Germany (Deutsche Telekom), Greece (Cosmote), Hungary (T-Mobile), Italy (Telecom Italia), Latvia (Tele2), Lithuania (Tele2), Luxembourg (Orange), Moldova (orange), Netherlands (T-Mobile), Norway (Telenor, Network Norway), Poland (ERA, Orange), Romania (Orange), Russia (MTS), Slovakia (T-Mobile), Spain (Orange), Sweden (Tele2), Switzerland (Orange), Turkey (Turkcell) and United Kingdom (Everything Everywhere).

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  • http://t-mobile.com/ TmoRep0

    You’re still better off unlocking your device and putting a local prepaid SIM in it….

    • Psaux

      That’s if you don’t mind not being available at the same number. For business use, which this is targetted at, this offering seems to make a lot of sense.

      • davidtheprof

        TMob still has the best unlock policy, main reason I chose it for frequent international travel.
         there are more options now to use international sims and keep a US number, e.g. Truphone and Piranha Mobile – latter comes with dual US/
        UK numbers free, and excellent VOIP integration (with same phone numbers). Use google voice so friends/clients can keep just one number.

    • Todd

      No Prepaid Sim with Data Plan

      I went to UK, France, Norway,Spain,Italy last Fall
      Used $500.00 in Data on my first day in france
      Only thing i found that was a good deal was a company called TIM in italy.I got a prepaid card with unlimited data for 15 euro
      Internet speeds were wicked fast.

      • Jarrod

        Three UK has a really good deal. You get a month of unlimited data 5000 messages and 2000 talk time for £15/month and its prepaid. And its also wicked fast because of them rolling out DC-HSPA+ like T-Mobile USA and also their whole network is 3G only.

    • http://twitter.com/louisvuittondcn Rashad Rosé

      T-Mobile UK has a “top up” plan or something. I was there for a week and got 500MB with text and calling for £10

    • Stephen

      Agreed. In Germany, I like the Vodafone Callya with International Tarif + Websessions.  EUR 0,04/min to the US, and 1GB of 4G data for EUR 12,95 for the week.  Works perfect in my unlocked MyTouch 4G

  • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (???????)

    Unsurprisingly, most of these are partly or completely owned by Deutsche Telekom.

    T-Mobile (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Slovakia, UK) – Direct ownership

    Orange (France, Luxembourg, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, UK) – Owned by France Telecom, in global JV with Deutche Telekom for procurement and network development coordination, working heavily with Deutsche Telekom as part of Free Move Alliance for enterprise customers.

    GLOBUL in Bulgaria and Cosmote in Greece is owned by Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE) which is 40% owned by Deutsche Telekom.

    ERA in Poland is now T-Mobile Poland (since June 2011), and is owned wholly by Deutsche Telekom.

    BASE, Telecom Italia, Tele2, MTS, Bouygues, Telenor, and Network Norway have special roaming agreements with Deutsche Telekom, through Free Move and other associated organizations. Deutsche Telekom likely negotiated to extend those for T-Mobile USA business customers.

    This is a T-Mobile that really knows what it is doing! This will help quite a lot in winning business customers.

    • http://benpike.net/ Ben Pike

      This is my shocked face :-|

  • sharklover

    How about something for the consumer with global roaming for $25 for 100MB like some of their competitors? Tmobile is losing alot of money as most consumers have to turn roaming off because of the $15 per MB. If they charged $25 per 100MB I am sure 1000′s would use it.

  • Rfgenerator

    So they will continue raping regular customers to the tune of $15 per MB even on their “home network” of Telekom in Germany.  Ridiculous.

    • Bz81

       Just get the device unlocked and use a local SIM – way cheaper.

      But for normal retail customers who want to retain their normal number, yeah, leaving them out is a questionable decision at best.  Par for the course.

  • Jarrod

    This is a good start but in countries with T-Mobile why dont they do like Three and offer a like home service where you can use ur plan on their sister network for no extra cost and then in other countries with no T-Mobile have this plan. It would save even more money and be convieniet for there loyal customers and would probably get people to switch cause I know several people that goto Germany and it would halp them out.

  • Dakota

    Throttling seems useless to me..My phone slipped to Edge for a while the other day & sbsolutely nothing works. Couldnt check email, web or use GPS

    • no2apple

      So you want 10GB of data roaming for $1 ??.  Edge  is OK for mail. Spend some $$$ and get a better phone

      • Zeke

        do you always randomly troll?

  • http://twitter.com/louisvuittondcn Rashad Rosé

    I travel to Europe quite often and I would love to be able to use this as a non-business customer. I wouldn’t be so dependent on Wi-Fi. Although getting a SIM from a European carrier for data would definitely be cheaper, but less convenient.

    • Rover

      You took the words out of my mouth. Though local SIMs would definitely be cheaper on the long run but it takes a few days of stay in a place to find what the best SIM deals are. But you may need data connection right on landing at an airport. If you move on to different countries every few days, locak SIMs are not very convenient. This new business customer would also come handy for non-buiz customers in such scenarios.

      I wonder though what kind of T-Mo phone from here would work on all those different data bands in various EU countries. One would probably need an unlocked penta-band phone for that.

      • http://twitter.com/louisvuittondcn Rashad Rosé

        Nah, my T-Mobile Nexus One picked up 3G in a bunch of countries a few years ago. I think they either use the 2100 or 900 which all American 3G phones should have.

        • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (???????)

          AT&T 3G phones typically do not have UMTS 900. There are also a few that do not have UMTS 2100 enabled out of the box, but most have it. Most T-Mobile ones prior to October 2011 do have UMTS 900, but afterwards it was replaced with UMTS 850. All T-Mobile 3G/4G phones have UMTS 2100.

        • Rover

          I’ve got my Amaze 4G on Black Friday, last year and occording to this spec sheet
          http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-2614 
          it has plenty of UMTS bands when unlocked. I am just not sure how accurate this spec sheet is because the box the phone came in did not list all of those bands.

      • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (???????)

        All T-Mobile phones work in Europe. UMTS 2100 is all you need (all T-Mobile 3G/4G phones have this). Some countries have also UMTS 900 networks, but those are redundant overlays, so you don’t need to worry.

  • GinaDee

    I see they couldn’t ink a deal with any Asian or Latin American companies where millions of business travelers go each year.  We’d still be stuck on 1990′s pricing of $15 per MB in over 100 of the most popular business destinations using T-Mobile.

    I think T-Mobile could do better.  Sometimes I wonder who is managing this ship?

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (???????)

      Latin America is a hard nut to crack. Most of the larger operators are owned either by Vodafone or America Movil. Vodafone doesn’t like doing business with Deutsche Telekom (hence the notable absence of Vodafone on the list), and America Movil is in bed with AT&T (it is available to AT&T customers through AT&T Global Business Solutions).

      As far as Asia goes, Deutsche Telekom has a difficult time getting even basic roaming agreements out of those operators. Trying to get special enhanced roaming agreements would be even more difficult. A lot of them are either partly or wholly owned by Vodafone, which complicates matters even further.

      • It’s About Time

        Don’t forget that the number one destination for
        travelers from other operators around the world is the United States. AT&T
        has agreements with many large operators around the world, but so does T-Mobile
        (400+). To put that into perspective, that’s essentially a minimum of two operators in every country.  They also have T-Mo affiliates in 15 or so European countries, further
        reducing their cost exposure. Most operators want redundancy in network choice
        for their customers in each country. As a result, T-Mobile can negotiate
        favorable terms in pretty much any country/region given other operator’s interest
        in getting favorable pricing on both GSM networks in the U.S. (Latin
        America/Asia/etc). The Open Europe plan is just a start, look for broader voice
        and data roaming packages covering many more countries later this year
        (business and consumer).

        • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (???????)

          I expect as much. But again, I think it will take some time for Latin America and Asia to be included.

  • ivan

    FINALLY.  although 500mb is not much, but its a start.  now lets see some calling plans while abroad 

  • Josh Robert Nay

    I’ll stick with Tru SIM and Tru App for my international needs, but it’s great they’re offering something that’s pretty competitive.

    My wishful thinking would have them allowing mobile to mobile across the entire T-Mobile International network (T-Mobile USA to T-Mobile UK, etc), but I’d probably get my lifetime supply of ice cream before that happened.

  • Gouv

    It’s taken this carrier far too long to embrace these types of plans. It’s also taken them way too long to re-embrace the business market. You can’t solely survive on the credit-challenged consumer pool to make you profitable, t-mobile!

  • gh

    How bout something affordable and easy to understand for visiting the number one trade partner of the US?  Canada?  I dread needing to use my phone when I cross the border roughly six times per year.