T-Mobile’s Simple Global roaming feature gains 20 new countries, now up to 145 total

03/26/2014 T-Mobile Un-Leash Announcement

Nearly two years ago, when Un-carrier was still in its infancy, T-Mobile launched Simple Global. The feature is meant to help customers stay connected while abroad, giving them unlimited data and text as well as 20 cents per minute calling in 115 countries. Fast-forward to today and T-Mo is adding another 20 countries to Simple Global.

The latest expansion to Simple Global enables the feature to cover all of Europe and South America. With the additional 20 countries, the number of countries covered by Simple Global has risen to 145. Here’s the exact list of countries being added today:

Caribbean countries

  • Bahamas
  • Haiti

9 European countries

  • Monaco
  • Albania
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Macedonia
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia

European “destinations”

  • Guernsey
  • Alderney
  • Jersey
  • Sark
  • Isle of Man (part of SIT)

Non-European countries

  • Azerbaijan
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan

When traveling abroad with other major US carriers, it can be confusing to figure out what each international plan offers and expensive when you finally do get signed up. Simple Global aims to address both issues, and while the 128kbps data speeds mean that you won’t be streaming any high-def video or downloading large files, you’ll still be able to do things like check maps and get messages without an issue.

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Source: T-Mobile

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  • Acdc1a

    Bahamas is huge for those of us in Florida!

    • besweeet

      Is it wrong that that’s why I’ve been avoiding wanting to go there (until now)?

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      • Acdc1a

        I always go and it was a sore spot for me. Now, High Rock here I come!

  • steveb944

    Bahamas!

    Woo hoo, that could have helped me a lot when I was cruising a few months ago. YES!

  • kgraham182

    Why is the press release worded like that? Isn’t the 5 European destinations also European countries? And why called Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan non–European countries? They are located south or east of the Caucasus mountains call them what they are Asian countries.

    • Maybe it’s my white male privilege, but I never considered those 4 part of Europe either ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    • YABD

      Anyway it is another place covered by tmobile.

    • Cornell West

      Should we call Puerto Rico and Hawaii countries too? Do you even know what a country is? Wow, you post some pretty dumb comments over the last few months. It’s not because you’re dumb, as I previously assumed. No offense, but clearly you’re just ignorant.

      • Paul

        Puerto Rico is a territory, Hawaii is an actual state of the US. The “destinations” are territories.

        • Anthony S Jennings

          Right! Further, “destination” is used as to not offend those “destinations” who feel they are indeed countries (or are treated as countries by international entities [such as the International Olympic Committee. for example]), whether or not they are administered by another nation.

        • Cornell West

          You think I don’t know this, wtf, are you mental? What I do know is you think the Channel Islands are “territories” of the UK. They are not. They are crown dependencies, not territories and not countries.

          Paul, where did you get the idea you could talk to me and tell me what Hawaii and Puerto Rico are, when your are apparently clueless of some of those “European destinations”? Stick to what you really know. I will not suffer fools…

        • Paul

          I apologize, they aren’t territories. That is the wrong term.

          “The Crown dependencies are the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea and the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey in the English Channel.”

          However, Hawaii was a poor choice of example. It’s an actual state of the union.

          What makes you think you can talk to anyone with such immature offensive tone. A correction is one thing, attacking is another. Change you attitude and approach or don’t post at all.

          Wet don’t tolerate such lackluster communication styles.

        • Deibid

          Correct. Hawaii and Alaska many times are excluded from the mainland /continental US or lower states.

      • g2a5b0e

        That was an unnecessarily harsh response. Why didn’t you address the second part of what he said? Non-European countries? They’re Asian countries, plain & simple. At least he was right about that.

      • thepanttherlady

        Completely uncalled for response. Let’s tone it down, please.

    • Paul

      It’s a fair question.
      “European ‘destinations'” is because these are territories and not actual countries. The best example is Puerto Rico. It’s a US territory but not a state of the US. We word it as The USA and Puerto Rico.

      That would be why they are not labeled as countries and are “destinations”.

  • Mark

    SCORE! I’m going on a short cruise to the Bahamas next month!

    • Rodman

      I am going on a 5 day cruise in the Bahamas in November. I would now like to see them add Cruise line ships to their Simple Global plan. I found out the calling rate on the ship that we will be on for T-Mobile is $5.99 a minute.

  • Cellphone Chris

    Bahamas in April – Nice!

  • lomsha

    More african countries pleaaase.

  • Dill

    I would rather get a prepaid service in Korea to get 300mbps LTE and 650mbps LTE H

    • slybacon08

      And you still can!!! You can do whatever you want. Just don’t complain! This is simply a free add-on.

  • This really is an awesome service for those who travel. Coverage is better outside the US when roaming, too (although speed is less).

  • Need LTE!

    From that map, it looks like Greenland almost has the same coverage as I do here in Kansas.

    • Anthony S Jennings

      Obviously Greenland is not an included country, in either Simple Global, or Mobile without Borders since it’s not a part of Canada. You could say the same for most of Africa.

      • That’s strange that Greenland, part of Denmark, is not figured as covered, but Denmark proper is.

        • gd

          Greenland is a country, not part of Denmark. Governed partly by Denmark.

  • emcdonald75

    You need to double check your list because there have been changes. Some countries no longer allow data at all, like Vietnam for example.

    • Brendan Rogers

      What list on this post shows Vietnam? What countries he actually puts in a list no longer allow data “at all”? Did you actually read this article? Are you a professional troll? You better check yourself before you get wrecked again McD.

      • emcdonald75

        First I am not a professional troll. I was trying to inform people to check the Simple Global list on T-Mobile’s website to review countries for data usage in some countries. I apologize for not including all of the details. Maybe I should have said check the map instead of list.

  • Cam Fas

    And roaming in the USA ?????? A 50mb cap is not realistic

    • Acdc1a

      Take it up with AT&T.

    • Chris

      You really think that other networks they are competing against would give them a great roaming deal?

    • Fabian Cortez

      The CCA data roaming hub should alleviate that 50 MB cap.

      Who knows? T-Mobile might put AT&T as a last ditch effort in roaming at the end of this year.

  • It’s too bad that neither Jordan not Lebanon are in the list yet. Traveling in the Holy Land, it was amusing to receive texts every few miles along the Jordan Valley or North of Mt Carmel when the phone would pick up the signal of Jordanian or Lebanese carriers about lack of data roaming.

  • nutmac

    Great stuff, but as those that are grandfathered to “T-Mobile Advantage Program”, not quite enough for me to give up 15% discount. “3 or 5 Gigs for All” at $90 for 2-lines and $10 for each additional line would be tempting though.

    • neospade44

      You’re saying you’ll lose the discount if you sign up for what?

      • nutmac

        According to service representative, any “North America” plans are not eligible for government or T-Mobile Advantage Program discounts. And once I switch, I cannot switch back. You can, however, pay $10/month to get the same benefit.

  • Joen

    Dors that mean i can text to those cointry from the US ON SIMPLE CHOICE PLAN? Thank you

  • Mike Thaler

    13 days too late for me. Spent $17 for a 6 minute call in Montenegro

    • gmo8492

      You could have used WiFi calling if you had a T-Mobile branded phone. I keep my old Galaxy S3 around for that purpose.

    • Fabian Cortez

      13 days too late for me. Spent $17 for a 6 minute call in Montenegro

      A 6 minute call should have cost $1.20.

  • pseudoswede

    Alex, can you please find out why phone calls from the Bahamas cost $1/min as opposed to $0.20/min? Not that I’m planning on making any phone calls when I’m there, but still.

  • nycplayboy78

    T-Mobile can you PLEASE add more African countries to your Global Roaming Agreement(s) :)

  • MVSGeek

    I sure wish they would add a reasonably priced cruise ship roaming package. TMO is the HIGHEST US price with $15/MB for data and $5.99 for voice. VZW has a plan that you can get 100MB for $25. That is much better than TMO’s $1500 for 100MB.