T-Mobile Is Bringing The World A little Closer With “Simple Global” International Unlimited Data Plans

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T-Mobile’s UnCarrier Phase 3 is kicking off into global gear with the announcement of “Simple Global” as T-Mobile looks to bring the world a little closer together. T-Mobile is making it simple and easy in the global arena by introducing unlimited global data at no extra charge in 100+ countries.

“The cost of staying connected across borders is completely crazy,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile US, Inc. “Today’s phones are designed to work around the world, but we’re forced to pay insanely inflated international connectivity fees to actually use them. You can’t leave the country without coming home to bill-shock. So we’re making the world your network – at no extra cost.”

T-Mobile highlights that Americans take around 55 million trips abroad from the US every year offering introducing $1000+ global roaming bills.

“It doesn’t have to be this way,” said Legere. “The truth is that the industry’s been charging huge fees for data roaming. But what’s most surprising is that no one’s called them out – until now.”

T-Mobile’s announcement this evening allows Simple Choice customers to include more than 100 countries for global roaming at no charge. The global roaming plan, which begins October 31st will also receive unlimited texting in these same 100 Simple Global countries worldwide. Customers will pay a global flat rate of 20 cents per minute for void calls when roaming in the same Simple Global countries. Simple Choice customers won’t have to change or add anything and especially won’t have to pay anything extra, T-Mobile will add this feature to your account automatically.

Wait, stop there’s more!

For customers in the US wanting am easier way to connect with friends, family and colleagues the world over, T-Mobile has you covered as well. T-Mobile is announcing its new Stateside International Talk & Text feature for discounted calling and texting from inside the US to all Simple Global countries. Customers will never pay more than 20 cents a minute to any Simple Global country, including mobile-to-mobile calls. Throw in unlimited talk to landlines in more than 70 countries and unlimited text for all Stateside users and you’ve got yourself T-Mobile UnCarrier Phase 3.

Hello UnCarrier, goodbye competition.


  • Starting October 31st, eligible Simple Choice individual and business customers automatically get unlimited data and texting in more than 100 Simple Global countries worldwide, and will only pay an industry-low flat rate of 20 cents per minute for voice calls when roaming in the same countries.
  • And, for customers in the US wanting a saner, more affordable way to stay connected with friends, family and colleagues worldwide, T-Mobile’s announced a postpaid industry-low feature for discounted calling and texting  from the US to all Simple Global countries – called Stateside International Talk & Text.
  • Customers never pay more than 20 cents a minute to any number in any Simple Global country, including mobile-to-mobile calls.
  • Unlimited calls to landlines in over 70 of these countries at no extra charge. Unlimited texting is also included. Stateside International Talk & Text is available to customers for just $10 a month.

Now for some caveats:


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Press Release:

T-Mobile Makes the World Your Network

– at No Extra Charge

And Now Delivers Nationwide 4G LTE

T-Mobile customers to enjoy unlimited data and texting worldwide  – at no extra charge

Also slashes calling rates from US – now never more than 20¢/min. with Stateside International Talk & Text feature

Announces multi-year partnership with international superstar Shakira

 NEW YORK — Oct. 9, 2013 — T-Mobile (NYSE: TMUS), America’s new number one choice in wireless, is again upending and innovating the wireless industry, delivering unlimited global data at no extra charge in 100+ countries – making the company’s home data coverage area larger than AT&T’s and Verizon’s combined.

Tonight, at a concert event for thousands of its customers at New York’s Bryant Park, featuring international superstar and new T-Mobile collaborator Shakira, the Un-carrier announced that it is tearing down borders and walking away from the US wireless industry practice of charging exorbitant international roaming rates.

“The cost of staying connected across borders is completely crazy,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile US, Inc. “Today’s phones are designed to work around the world, but we’re forced to pay insanely inflated international connectivity fees to actually use them. You can’t leave the country without coming home to bill-shock. So we’re making the world your network – at no extra cost.”

Americans take about 55 million trips to destinations outside the US every year. When US customers use their phones abroad the way they normally do at home, their costs often total $1,000 a day or more. So more than 40 percent of customers turn off data roaming completely. Another 20 percent more say they would if they knew how. The toll these roaming fees takes on individuals and businesses is huge. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, every wireless customer faces a hard choice – use their phone when they need it and pay through the nose, or cut off communications to contain costs.

“It doesn’t have to be this way,” said Legere. “The truth is that the industry’s been charging huge fees for data roaming. But what’s most surprising is that no one’s called them out – until now.”

T-Mobile tonight announced that it’s expanding the home data coverage for most Simple Choice customers to include more than 100 countries, at no extra charge. Starting October 31, these Simple Choice individual and business customers automatically get unlimited data and texting in more than 100 Simple Global countries worldwide, and will only pay a global flat rate of 20 cents per minute for voice calls when roaming in the same countries. Eligible customers on T-Mobile’s popular Simple Choice plan won’t have to activate anything, or pay an extra monthly fee.

And, for customers in the US wanting a saner, more affordable way to stay connected with friends, family and colleagues worldwide, T-Mobile’s got them covered, too. The company announced tonight its new Stateside International Talk & Text feature for discounted calling and texting from the US to all Simple Global countries. Customers never pay more than 20 cents a minute to any number in any Simple Global country, including mobile-to-mobile. Calls to landlines in over 70 of these countries are unlimited and included at no extra cost. Unlimited texting is also included to all countries. Stateside International Talk & Text is available to most Simple Choice customers for just $10 a month.

In network news, T-Mobile tonight also announced that its latest-generation 4G LTE network is now nationwide, reaching more than 200 million people in 233 metros across the United States.

“We’ve not only delivered nationwide 4G LTE months ahead of schedule,” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer for T-Mobile. “Our nationwide 4G LTE is right on top of our already nationwide 4G HSPA+ network – which translates to one wicked fast combined 4G network experience.”

In recent third party tests involving millions of results from real customers nationwide, T-Mobile’s 4G LTE nationwide network delivered faster speeds than the 4G LTE networks of Verizon and Sprint. Additionally, T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network already has faster median speeds than AT&T’s 4G LTE network in 10 of the top 20 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs). In fact, T-Mobile’s new nationwide LTE network delivers 4G LTE speeds more consistently than any of the national providers.

Making global connections and bringing the world closer together is also a key value for global artist, songwriter and Grammy Award-winning music icon, Shakira. T-Mobile is working with the musical powerhouse to bring that message to people everywhere, and announced their collaboration through a new multi-year partnership agreement to include the creation of unique content, fan engagement, and exclusive access to her new music.

“Today is all about bringing the world closer together,” said Shakira. “I’m excited to partner with T-Mobile and look forward to being able to share my music in new and innovative ways.”

As part of the relationship, T-Mobile will support Shakira’s upcoming single and album releases, and create unique T-Mobile customer experiences. T-Mobile is breaking the traditional sponsorship mold and creating a unique partnership where the company and the artist will work together to help amplify key messages and initiatives for each other, which will also include a select number of special events for the public and exclusive fan engagement activities.

These announcements build on months of momentum since T-Mobile kicked off its Un-carrier consumer movement earlier this year. Since then, the company has enjoyed a groundswell of support from US consumers signing on in record numbers, making T-Mobile America’s number one choice in wireless since its Un-carrier launch in late March – with more net new postpaid customers than AT&T, Verizon and Sprint combined.

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  • psychoace

    This is it? Damn, I was hoping for something I would be interested in.

    • Romdude

      They expanded coverage in some areas too ahead of plan, but it’s like playing the lottery. Good luck.

  • David

    Pretty underwhelming — I don’t leave the country often enough for this to matter to me.

    • noelsito

      yeah, but it’s a pretty big deal for those who do. it’s a hassle

      • Romdude

        Yup, my wife and I paid over $100 each for our usage while vacationing overseas and we probably didn’t go over 10 minutes voice and little data.

  • adam

    T-Mobile’s announcement this evening allows Simple Choice customers to include more than 100 “customers” for global roaming at no charge

  • David Tyler

    I want to switch so badly to t-mobile. This plan would save me a lot of money when traveling abroad but T-mobile coverage in my area is so poor.

  • Guest

    i hope they give more details about the Global Roaming part on how much extra it could cost, how fast, and how Unlimited is Unlimited

    • So far it looks like it doesn’t cost extra. Data limits are probably whatever you have here (so unlimited is unlimited, 2.5GB is 2.5GB)

      • ceegii63

        if Unlimited really means “Tmo Unlimilted” i can have my folks buy me a Nexus 5(when it comes out), add it to their plan(with unlimited data) and send it to me here in the Philippines(which is one of the countries in the table above) and install my Magic Jack Number on it and let the magic happen

        • kalel33

          Yeah, they’ll put a stop to that pretty quick. They have unlimited voice roaming in the US but if you roam too much then they’ll disconnect your account. It happened to my mother who lived in an area that doesn’t have T-mobile and they disconnected her account for the fact of too much roaming.

        • Bill

          You cannot use it for more than 6 weeks in a row. You must also spend 6 weeks in the US or your account will be disconnected. The plan is meant for international travelers not residents.

  • noelsito

    omg this is great! I travel all the time to Mexico and I have to use Telcel. It’s a hassle reloading. Plus, my dad is on Boost Mobile only because of the international calling, so he will be very happy to hear this :)

  • cubskru

    Wait so we have to pay $10 to get unlimitedtalk to international land lines. Dont they aldready have this?

    • yeah right

      yeah but it is now significantly cheaper if those countries all cost less than 20cents per minute and free to landlines.

  • ceegii63

    Unlimited Data + Magic Jack App = what $.20/min on Voice calls?

    • Chris

      Not everyone on the other side of the planet has a smartphone… Heck, not even everyone in the US has a smartphone.

      • ceegii63

        then enjoy your $.20/min calls

  • noc007

    So they’re changing the International calling plan and dropping unlimited International calling? Last I checked to get discounted International calling was $7/mo and unlimited was $10/mo. For those of us not opting for this feature, will we be able to text internationally from the US without additional charge?

    Cool that they’ve added international roaming data. I just wonder how much it’d cost when we make a voice call. Obviously one could use a data method for the call. Would be nice if we could data roam on AT&T and/or Verizon.

    • chris

      Based on the press release, you’ll pay $0.20 per minute on International Voice Call Roaming.

      Might as well use your data if your calling back home with some VOIP apps.

  • sidekicker89

    Earlier this year I was under the impression that if our phones were connected to WiFi Calling we could make free international calls… That wasn’t the case.. ended up with a $1,200+ bill.. not even kidding.. so now if we call landlines that’s all free!?

    • yeah right

      the way wifi calling works is that if you are in China and call over wifi back to the US. it is free. It isn’t free from within the US to China. Also make sure you have a WIFI calling compatible device first.

      • Mystictrust

        Yep. Just to back this guy’s statement up, I have been using WiFi calling on T-Mobile phones since 2010 (Used a Blackberry Curve in China in 2010, an Android phone in Canada in 2011, and A Windows Phone in England in 2013) and not once have I ever been charged. Think of it this way… WiFi calling extends your signal – that’s all it does. Domestically, it’s great to cover dead spots, like basements, or poor reception areas. Internationally, it gives you a little piece of US signal as long as you’re connected. So treat it as if you are always in the US – which means calls to any international destination outside the US will cost money. Always use an int’l calling card/service… Google Voice has the best rates around IMHO

        • besweeet

          But, if you make or receive a normal US call while abroad and via Wi-Fi calling, you wouldn’t pay anything extra, right?

        • Mystictrust

          Yep, that is exactly what I am saying. While connected to Wi-Fi, using the Wi-Fi calling feature, you can make/receive calls and texts to/from the US at no additional charge.

        • besweeet

          That to me is still the better route to go, since then you won’t have throttled data, but of course you’d have to be using a Wi-Fi Calling-enabled phone, so iPhones are out of the question [for now], unless someone goes the VoIP route or something. Still great stuff overall.

        • Mystictrust

          Well, yes, when you’re at home or in a public wifi hotspot. The data and text thing comes in super handy when you can’t pull down wifi though.

    • Don Kim

      When you’re out of country and make or receive calls from US,
      that’s free.
      Calling other international numbers will give you that $1,200 + bill.
      It’s called ‘read the terms and conditions’ more carefully my friend.

  • kliu0x52

    If I’m on a Value Plan (the unsubsidized Value Plans that immediately preceded Simple Choice), does that mean that I have to change my plan to get this? :(

    • kalel33

      Most likely yes. They want you paying more for the new plans.

      • FluX

        It is only $10 more per month. But in a way, that is pretty expensive.

        • Jason Crumbley

          It didn’t cost me any more to go from the value plan to simple choice. Same unlimited everything. Same cost. They also don’t charge a migration fee to change over.

        • kalel33

          It’s the same since you’re on the unlimited talk, text and web but I am on the 500 minute and was on 2GB, until I upped it for a month and couldn’t get it back. That makes it $10 more per month, when compared to the Simple Choice 2.5GB plan. I don’t need unlimited minutes. I text quite a bit and I have free wifi calling.

        • PiCASSiMO

          Family Simple Choice don’t offer the shared 1000-minutes that Family Value Plan has. Extra $10 per line or $20 per month that we don’t need.

        • FluX

          Yeah, but we will be paying $10 more, and we don’t even need unlimited voice.

    • Jason Crumbley

      Yes, but it’s all the same. There’s no migration fee, and the cost is the same.

  • Louie

    I think it’s great for tmobile but means nothing to me

  • just me

    I’ve got mixed feelings about this. The first thing that came to my mind when reading this is how can we offer unlimited INTERNATIONAL data roaming when we’re so restrictive on how much DOMESTIC data roaming we offer? Seriously, you’ll get unlimited data in Mexico with T-Mobile but not Wyoming?

    But yeah, I guess wonderful for international travelers.

    • kalel33

      I didn’t think about that but that’s really weird.

      • Don’t go to boondocks and it won’t be a problem :-D /trolololololol (obvious troll response)

    • Chris

      How can you not get Unlim Data in Wyoming when T-mobile’s plan is Unlimited data?

      • just me

        It was a slight exageration- T-Mobile has very little home coverage in Wyoming, its mostly roaming partners. While roaming domestically, you get VERY little data before it’s shut off. Not throttled, shut off. So if you’re in one of the many areas of Wyoming that are roaming-only coverage, you do not have unlimited data, even with an unlimited data plan. http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-3299

        • Joel9799

          Yes I agree this plan is great for a few who travel, or have family abroad, but if you live in the US and you happen to roam off Tmobile they will shut you off after 10, 50 100 0r 200mb. That is just wrong! I get that if they opened up domestic data roaming the same way, it could (and I say could because we don’t truly know what data roaming costs Tmobile domestically) cost a fortune. However don’t shine this up as being some uncarrier move and act like you are doing something big when you affecting a small part of your base. They could have allowed data roaming in the US (or at least up paltry levels 10mb come on). That would have been more uncarrier like in my book, but maybe that’s just me.

      • Habib

        Up to 200mb only for Domestic Data Roaming. which I’ve hit a couple times

        • kalel33

          With the unlimited plan you are relegated to a measly 50MB. 200MB is for the plans of 10-12GB of data per month. It’s on their site.

      • gentleman559

        Probably because he only gets 2G. But in reality Wyoming is desolate. If i lived somewhere i had to sacrifice certain things I would get whatever carrier i had to to make things happen. At that point theres not much of a choice but to do what you need to do.

    • CPPCrispy

      I think it has to do with AT&Ts restrictions and that DT owns a large portion of T-Mobile (don’t remember how much).

      • kev2684


  • DoDaDum

    Hell yeah! Going to be traveling to three different country at the end of this year and all three are cover. Looks like that’ll save me a lot of money!

  • kiblawi2000

    What if I’m on a grandfathered value plan? Could I still use this?

    • kalel33

      Probably not. They want you to switch to the higher priced Simple Choice plans. That’s the reason why they grandfathered the 2GB and unlimited data features on the Value plans and replaced them with the 4.5GB and 6.5GB plans. They want you off of them so they make more money off of you.

      • jabathehutt

        Not really, clearly a businesses’ goal is to make money but the the 0.5-12.5gb data plans are all centered around if you use that data for hotspot. T-mobile still offers unlimited plans, just not for unlimited hotspot.

        So if you don’t use hotspot like most people then you can just switch and get unlimited data for 20 bucks extra a month, which includes 500mb of hotspot data anyway, and then you can add 2gb of hotspot to the plan per 10 dollar increment on top of that. So essentially you have 50+20 for unlimited talk text and high speed internet first line, 30+20 for 2nd line, 10+20 for 3rd and beyond for unlimited highspeed data.

        • kalel33

          The Value plans start out at 4.5GB and there is no .5, 2GB, or unlimited features. They did away with them.

        • FluX

          Yeah. For my family, it is worth staying with a value plan though. We may switch if T-Mobile lowers their family plan rates by $10. Then we will pay the same amount for unlimited everything, except for throttled data. And calls.

        • jabathehutt

          Ah ok I get what you are saying. I was saying WITH the new plans that’s what the prices are, yeah depending on how old your grandfathered plan is and your needs you might save more money on the original plan structures. They did get rid of the unlimited plans being available to the old plans unless you already have/had it. Personally I think they should allow all the data plans with the old plan structures, I’m sure there are plenty of people out there paying like 10 a month for data that would be willing to pay 10 more if it gave then unlimited you know?

        • kalel33

          Actually, I just want my 2GB data plan back. In over 3 years, I only went over the 2GB data once and that’s because I chose the wrong podcast to download(chose the video podcast and not the audio one). They didn’t tell me that when I upped the data to 4.5GB, because unlimited was removed as an option, that I could never go back to my 2GB data plan again.

          The Value plans aren’t old, they were just replaced this Spring by the Simple Choice plans. My plan was 500 minutes with unlimited text and 2GB of data for $50 a month and it worked great, except for the one month. I refused to stay on the 4GB plan, out of principal and now I don’t have data and just use WIFI, which is fine but is a pain once in awhile when WIFI isn’t around. Now I pay $40 a month.

        • John

          The simple choice plans now include 2.5gb of tethering in the unlimited data plan for $20 bucks. Whereas, before they it was $20 for unlimited data and $10 for 2.5 GB of Tethering making it $30 bucks.

          I have the $20 truly unlimited 4G Data and don’t use tethering. However, I added 2.5 GB of tethering after learning that T-Mobile recently started including 2.5 GB of tethering at no extra charge. Thus, I get 2.5 GB of Tethering included at no extra charge. I wasn’t going to pay $10 extra for 2.5GB of tethering to my unlimited high speed data. Nonetheless, I added 2.5GB of tethering to my unlimited speed data( line 1) since it was no extra charge for me to do so.

          I have been with T-Mobile since JAN 2005, nearly 9 years. So T-MOBILE is very good to me.

          I Updated my account 4 months ago and I switched all my lines to simple choice.
          My cost per line:
          1st line unlimited talk +text + unlimited high speed data+ 2.5 GB tethering $70 – $15 data discount = $55
          2nd line unlimited talk +text + 500MB high speed a $30
          3rd line unlimited talk +text + 500MB high speed $10 fee waived till end of year.
          4th line unlimited talk +text + 500MB high speed $10

          total $95 monthly- $35 monthly in loyalty discounts bringing my monthly total for 4 lines with 1 line having truly unlimited 4G Data to $60 monthly. However, you have to add in taxes and 1.61 regulatory fee per line. So my total monthly bill after all discounts are taken, and regulatory fees/taxes are added in is $70 monthly for all 4 lines.

          Since I had my 3rd line free till the end of the year they waived my monthly $10 fee till the end end of the year. Before I switched to simple choice my 3rd line had only 500 minutes, unlimited text, and no data. Well all that has changed and now my 3rd line gets unlimited talk +text and 500MB high speed data

          T- Mobile told me that the $5 unlimited high speed data was not compatible with the new simple choice plans. So I would have to be charge $20 for unlimited high speed data. Well to make up for it T-Mobile said they would charge my bill $20 for unlimited 4G data and credit $15 of that charge. Which brings my unlimited high speed data down to $5 a month. On top of that I get $35 dollars a month in loyalty discounts.

          The info below I posted a few months ago.
          I am a happy T- Mobile customer and here’s why:

          I pay 56 a month for 3 lines. Here’s how: my first 2 lines have unlimited talk+ unlimited text $79.99. 1st line has unlimited high speed data for $5 (given by loyalty dept). 2nd line no data. 3rd line 500 talk,unlimited text, no data (Free till Jan 2014) for 3rd line. I would be paying 85+taxes = $91. However I get a loyalty discount of 35 off every month. So 91-$35=56 a month for all 3 lines including taxes. I added the 3rd line for free earlier this month on 3/9/2013 and they waived my activation fee of $35 and gave me a free sim card. Granted I get the loyalty discount and some other perks because I have been with T-Mobile consistently since January
          2005. Thus, I am a loyal T-mobile customer paying 56 for 3 lines of
          service. Been with T-mobile over 8 years. :)

        • kalel33

          Did you reply to the wrong person, because nothing you stated has any bearing on the OP or either of my replies whatsoever.

        • anonymous

          Wtf are you talking about, and how many times are you going to literally repeat yourself word for word?

        • CCC

          The unlimited plans start off now with 2.5gb of tethering. They no longer only have the 500mb. So you pay the same 20 bucks for unlimited phone data and 2.5gb of tethering capability.

        • PiCASSiMO

          We save $20/month on the 1000-minute Value Family plan compared to being forced into the Unlimited that we would not use.

  • Asael Delgado

    Dude! This is awesome! I’m going to Spain for 2 months, and this is freaking awesome!

    • tmofan

      you realize that under this plan you would still pay a ridiculous amount more than getting a local sim right?

      • Chris

        How so? As long as he doesn’t do voice calls, he’s paying the same amount and will not need to get a local sim…

        • tmofan

          i should have worded it better. but the point still stands, for 2 months use only texts and hope data is good enough or get a local sim and be free to do whatever.

          i travel all the time. the local sim was never a pain. the pain was making sure your phone gets unlocked before leaving the states.

        • CCC

          Your needs may have met that, but consider using a calling app, like skype or magic jack, in order to use data for calls. You can either go to spain and pay for tmo service and use tmo service and use a data based calling app and pay nothing more. or pay for tmobile service e(even if under seasonal susp) and pay to setup service with a separate carrier, and absically be paying for two phone services for that time.

  • tmofan

    this is it? oh well.

  • tmoguy

    Did you guys see the interview with Mike Sievert? The unlimited data overseas is “throttled” to 128 kbps. You can purchase “speed packs” to get the data faster.. It’s not really free!

    • So? For free, some data is certainly better than no data at all.

    • tmoman

      Do you have a link to the interview? Curious to see the whole discussion.

  • cameo

    I don’t get this. The title talks about Data Plan, but the detail only mention 20 cents/min talk time. Nothing about what MB of data use would cost.

    • E

      It says unlimited at no extra cost…

    • CCC

      Basically its unlimited. There is no “per MB” anymore. Thats the beauty of it. Most international travelling was $15/MB before, save for the $10/MB in canada. So instead of paying 15/mb you get to use as much as you want, period, and no cost.

  • Bill

    128Mb/s average speeds. You can pay $15 for 1 day and 100MB or 1 week and $200MB for $25 and 2 weeks and 500MB for $50. I’m really not seeing why this is a big deal… Why bother with an event. This seems more like a quick press release. The 2.5 GB of tethering included with unlimited seemed like a much bigger deal to me.

    • Bill

      To clarify the tiered pricing is for high speed data. The free data is al artificially throttled to 100Mb/s.

      • lynyrd65

        100mbps? I can live with that.

        • They mean 128 kbps.

        • Bill

          I did. My apologies. 128 k isn’t really going to be that useful.

    • CCC

      Why would you pay for data passes like that when you can get unlimited data for free? Thats kinda like going to another country and getting offered a free lambo to drive around and isntead choosing to go to hertz and pay to rent a honda accord.

  • jz

    No thank’s, I’ll stay with my unlock phone, Localphone app,and whatsapp it’s all I need.

  • Mystictrust

    While this is fairly incredible (especially considering that it can be difficult (or impossible??) to find any other carrier internationally that offers unlimited international roaming built-in to the plan), there is one big “gotcha” to this whole thing: Incoming calls.

    Let’s say you’re traveling abroad, you get a phone call, and don’t want to pay the $0.20/min for it. You send the call to voicemail. Since the system went to locate you internationally and then had to forward to voicemail, you will be charged $0.20/min for however long the voicemail is (minimum charge: $0.20 for no voicemail left, since the forwarding and the handoff was made). Basically, you’d have to turn off all incoming calls – can you do that though? If not, the only thing you can do is turn off voicemail, and then get annoyed when people try multiple times to reach you.

    Unless they’ve eliminated connection fees for this. Might be a good question to call up and ask, assuming the call center reps have been trained appropriately.

    • Moby

      It’s called unconditional call forwarding. Send all calls directly to voice mail when abroad and never get charged any roaming because the system doesn’t try to locate you.

      • Mystictrust

        Nice! Completely forgot about that. +1 internetz to you good sir.

      • riceuguy

        I’ve used this method for years on T-Mobile to allow for incoming texts but to not get charged for missed calls (as noted above, you get hit with a 1 minute charge, which at times was costing me as much as $3 per call before I started using this method!). For newer versions of Android, go into the dialer, press the menu button to get to phone settings, and dig through the settings (I think it’s in additional or advanced settings), and go into the call forwarding settings. Choose unconditional call forwarding and you’re all set!

    • Denn

      You can fw your tmobile number to Google voice and you will get this incoming call anyway by using Google voice or any other voip provider.

    • CCC

      This is actually an incorrect assumption. YOU WILL NEVER BE CHARGED FOR SOMEONE LEAVING YOU A VOICEMAIL. This is even written into T-Mobile policy.

      This is a myth that got started years ago, because in the US we do not count the first 30 seconds of a call, because the firs 20-30 seconds is usually ring time. That is why tmobile max ring time is 25 seconds. Once the call rolls past 30 seconds, it then starts counting as a minute.

      In other countries, however, ring time is not shrugged off. Any calls, any at all, even if it just ring time, is counted as at least one minute. Sometimes more, depending on the roaming country. Therefore you get a one or two minute roaming call.

      Call forwarding can actually cost you more, depending on whether it is conditional, unconditional, and the setup, etc. Not to mention some older plans have limits to however many minutes can be used for forwarding

      Your best bet is ,with android phones anyways, turn everything but data off on the phone, and use wifi calling, texting, google voice, skype, or more. You can, if setup right, have your calls forwarded to a google voice/magicjack/etc service. That way you can still get incoming calls and place outgoing calls. not to mention wifi calling counts you as being domestic, not international. as long as you are connected to wifi and then have wifi calling turned on.

      However, once again, voicemails DO NOT CHARGE YOU. It is the ring time that happens up until the call gets forwarded to voicemail. Once it is forwarded you don’t have to worry about it, however you will get charges for retrieving the voicemail.

      • Mystictrust

        Well okay, that’s good that it won’t charge after the call is passed off, but then it’s still 20 cents per incoming call. As mentioned in another reply though, unconditional forwarding would do the job perfectly. (PS: I’m fairly sure that I have set my T-Mobile ring time to 30 seconds before… I have it at 20 now tho…)

  • besweeet

    This is quite incredible for those who travel, and I unfortunately don’t. Speeds might bug me, so if I traveled abroad, I’d be better off getting a local SIM and telling those beforehand who might need to call me, to just email me.

  • notme96

    The thing that sucks is getting signed up for TMobile. If you don’t have enough credit, then you have to pay outrageous deposit (though those were supposed to be for contracts) and might not be able to finance the device you want. I went to see what it would take for me to get TMobile and they wanted $200 deposit and half down on the device (in my case the Note 3 was $349 down). Oh, don’t forget to add tax (on the whole amount of the device) if you are in an area with sales tax. The guy told me that to get out the door with what I want it would be about $650.

    • TmoHaha

      Get better credit and you should be fine?

      • Tmojoe

        Lol good one!

    • psychoace

      Bad credit doesn’t require a $200 deposit. Terrible credit does. I have to pay a high up front cost on my phone ($279 for the G2 before the $0 down payment thing started) but luckily I didn’t have to pay a deposit.

    • CCC

      The deposit is really only needed if you want EIP options otherwise you can get tmo service without deposit and buy a cheaper phone outright. In all honesty, if you ahve bad credit you are going to expect more up front cost and less financing options. just goes with the territory. The 650 cost can just about buy a great phone outright for you, and you wont have eip payments. That was you dont have deposit+down payment+eip. or wait to buy that high end phone, trade in your old phone, buy it from a third party. etc.

    • gentleman559

      If you think T-Mobiles deposit is bad stop by other carriers. They have to ensure they will get paid for the device. If someone doesn’t pay their bills why should T-Mobile give them a phone so they can sell it and not pay their bill? LOL

  • Dianalagurl33

    hell yea mexico in the house! Finally since tmobile now gets 3G roaming on mexico. no more using my cheap unlocked prepaid flip phone when i go to mexico now ima finally use ny shiny brand new lg g2 when i go to mexico city nxt month Cant wait to try this out .

  • amanda hugandkiss

    anybody have a live stream for the press event?

  • Aurizen

    awesome! will there be a phase 4 of the uncarrier event?

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    wow that is amazing

  • CPPCrispy

    Now all I need is a dual sim phone. T-Mobile sim for unlimited data and prepaid local sim with local phone number for phone and text.

  • ceegii63

    and heres the fine print

    Additional charges apply in excluded destinations; included destinations subject to change at T-Mobile’s discretion. Qualifying postpaid Simple Choice plan and capable device required. Taxes additional; usage taxed in some countries. Voice and text features for direct communications between 2 people. Communications with premium-rate (e.g., 900, entertainment, high-rate helpline) numbers not included and may incur additional charges. Calls over Wi-Fi are $.20/min; texts over Wi-Fi are $.20 each. Coverage not available in some areas; we are not responsible for the performance of our roaming partners’ networks. Data at up to 2G speeds. No tethering.

    2G… wow never mind

    • enkay1

      2G speeds. Not EDGE-only. You will roam onto 3G if your phone is capable but you will get 2G-like speeds. It is still pretty fast and more consistent than actual EDGE.

      I was roaming on AT&T HSPA (throttled down to 64kbps) for a weekend and it was totally usable for browsing the web and doing normal things.

      • besweeet

        Too bad being throttled to T-Mobile’s 2G speeds isn’t like that… EDGE seems mostly unusable. But it’s been a while since I’ve had to use their EDGE, so maybe things are different.

  • Boring news, seriously. Wow.

  • Arnold

    very interesting – what about those on prepaid monthly 4G???

    • ProductFRED

      They have no incentive to offer us anything like that.

  • enkay1

    This is good but we’ve lost free international WiFi calling. Calls and texts over WiFi are $0.20/min or text. I knew we had to lose something… Eh, Google Voice can substitute.

    • Groc

      Google Voice would still use your plan minutes, be careful.
      You should try GrooVe IP Lite, great little app. It won’t use your minutes and the call quality over wifi is similar to wifi calling from tmobile

      • enkay1

        Yeah. I am using Talkatone with my iPhone. It works well enough for me to not complain about not getting WiFi Calling. Also, you probably can just VPN into the US and use WiFi Calling without charges anyway?

    • besweeet

      As far as I know, that’s while abroad… Calling and texting domestic numbers is still free.

      • Richard cruz

        if you go to their website it states that calls over wifi are .20 a minute. This is lame!!

        • besweeet

          Aren’t those to numbers native to the country that you’re in?

        • enkay1

          WiFi calling in the US is still free but calling from a foreign WiFi network is when you get charged (I think).

        • besweeet

          Isn’t that how things have been all along?

        • enkay1

          I don’t think so. All WiFi calls – international WiFi or not – were free or just counted against your domestic plan. Now only domestic WiFi calls appear to be free. WiFi calls made from other countries appear to cost $0.20 per minute.

        • besweeet

          So, let’s say you’re in Canada. When on Wi-Fi calling, I can call a local Canadian Starbucks for information without paying extra? Sounds weird…

        • enkay1

          Nope. I think you would pay the Canadian per minute rate. It would be like you were calling from the US to another country.

        • besweeet

          So, in regards to “this is good but we’ve lost free international WiFi calling,” nothing has changed? Or was making calls to international numbers while already abroad free before?

        • enkay1

          Making calls from another country to the US over WiFi is no longer free.

        • John

          When you make a WiFi call, your location is irrelevant, only the location of the called party matters. I seriously doubt T-Mobile is going to try to figure out which country you are in when you make a WiFi call just so they can start charging you. However, if you call an international number using WiFi, even while in the US, it costs $0.20.

        • besweeet

          “Domestic WiFi calls appear to be free.”

          I’m lost…

        • watkins

          If you are in another country and calling home to the US over WiFi yes your calls are free. They use your regular minutes.

        • watkins

          It was never free before nothing has changed

        • besweeet

          So now we’re going in circles again… You’re telling me that if I’m on Wi-Fi calling outside of the United States, and I call a US number, I’ll be charged for it? Doesn’t sound right… Of course, if you call an international number like you would anywhere, US or not, you’ll be charged…

        • watkins

          No I wasn’t saying that. I was saying exactly what you just posted above. I thought you were saying calling home from abroad would be charged.

        • watkins

          No you will be charged .20 a minute regardless of if your on Wi-Fi or not. Still not bad though.

        • UMA_Fan

          Your phone thinks you are in the US when you are connected to WiFi. I think you just misunderstood the fact that if you use WiFI Calling to call people in the country you are in you are charged $.20/min because that’s just like you sitting in the US calling another country.

          WiFi Calling to/back to the US is free no matter where you are because that IS a domestic call.

        • watkins

          I have been using this feature for years. Why is it so hard for people to understand this. It’s very simple smh…

        • UMA_Fan

          No. There’s no way for T-Mobile to figure out your location with WiFi Calling. It doesn’t cost T-Mobile anything! They would have to make changes to the WiFi Calling app for every android phone they’ve released in the past two years! Not going to happen.

          I think you misunderstood this. When you use WiFi Calling your phone thinks you are in the US. So if you were in the US and called another country you would be charged $.20/min… get it?

        • Groc

          Why is this even an argument?
          Free WiFi calling, regardless of T-mobile plans or where you are:
          Android phones, please use GrooVe IP Lite
          Iphone, Ipads, etc…, please use Talkatone
          Both will use your Google Voice, without touching your plan minutes
          And please, one up this reply, so everyone sees it :-)

  • Groc

    Wow, T-mobile really understands great marketing… with the exception of the early renewal feature, all these other ones are basically copies of already implemented (including no contract plans, and paying devices upfront) yet not properly advertised features on other smaller companies (e. g. MetroPCS, Virgin). “Stateside International…” has been a feature on T-mobile itself for the longest. Anyway, when Google Voice offers international rates starting at $0.01 (and even mobile-to-mobile as low as $0.10), it makes T-mobile Uncarrier 3 sounds like a bad joke.

    • ett11

      Well… Even though Google Voice is cheaper. You still need a phone with internet or a computer to access it.

      • Groc

        You have to start reading the fine print my friend. Facts:
        1) Voice does use your mobile plan minutes
        2) No data required, all you need is your carrier’s voice coverage ( which I see as another hint for no data use, and yes for minutes use). Thus, you could use Google Voice with a “flip-phone” without data connections, if you wished.
        Tip: If for whatever reason you don’t have free WiFi calling from T-mobile, you should try GrooVe IP Lite (Android) or Talkatone (iOS) for free good quality WiFi calling… cheers

        • watkins

          Dude. Wi-Fi calling uses your regular minutes when you’re abroad. I have unlimited minutes I can make calls and receive them from home no problem. No charge. Now with this phase 3 I can make calls out there without Wi-Fi calling for .20 cents a minute. With unlimited data and text. What’s there to complain about? No other carrier can even come close to this type of plan.

        • Groc

          I was never comparing T-mobile to another “carrier”, but to GV. Let me get this straight… So you prefer to spend $0.20/min on your “free” WiFi calling through T-mobile, than to actually make free phone calls using your GV through GrooVe IP?

        • watkins

          Ok I have some questions about gv. Does my device receive and make phone calls using my existing number? And how good can the quality of those calls be over 2g speeds when I’m international?

        • Groc

          If you use GV without the above mentioned apps (GrooVe IP Lite, etc) you will be using whatever “Voice” antenna you’re getting at that moment (no data required), so T-mobile or a roaming carrier… Now if you use GV with GV IP Lite, for example, while on WiFi you’ll be able to send and receive calls at a very good quality so as long as you have a decent signal. GV does not use your provider’s data signals (2G, 3G, 4G…) and that’s what confuses a lot of people. Here’s a test… turn off your data (4G and WiFi) on your phone and try to make a phone call using your Google Voice number… please tell me what happens.

        • watkins

          You still didn’t answer my question. Will using gv allow me to make and receive phone calls using my existing number or do I need a separate gv number?

  • pbxtech

    That’s why the refarming is essentially with the LTE deployment. 1900 band is the global standard.

    20 cents is pricey but for small business with a well-equipped phone system can be a work around this.

  • VG

    So, what happened to all the earlier claims that today’s announcement was certainly going to be about T-Mobile migrating ALL legacy plans to Simple Choice in January 2014? Were those posters full of BS, or has this been announced?

  • Alvin

    Seriously calls over WIFI are being charged???? I bought a wifi compatible phone just so i wouldn’t be? How are they able to track that?

    • besweeet

      Where’d you read that from? Wi-Fi calling and texting while abroad back to usual domestic numbers is still free.

      • Luis Medina

        You are correct. It’s .20 while calling on wifi to any country that is part of the 100

        • sidekicker89

          but it’s still free when you are overseas on using Wifi Calling to call AND Text back to the states right?? :) that’s a good deal!

        • Luis Medina


        • Groc

          No, the purpose of WiFi calling is to allow you to have coverage on a place where you would not have otherwise, and that’s why they disclaim that it may use your plan minutes… So since they are charging for regular calls from overseas to the US it is just logical to assume that it will also apply to their WiFi calling feature… Just use GrooVE IP Lite, will ya?

        • kalel33

          That’s incorrect. They’ve never charged for using WIFI calling while abroad and calling back to the US. It doesn’t cost them any more to make that call in the US as it would in China. It’s using the internet to make the calls and text.

        • NuShrike

          Incorrect. Never been charged for WiFi calling for international to US. Correct as of Aug 2013.

          Also doesn’t charge against minutes if you ask them to enable unlimited WiFi calling, which I’d year or two ago.

        • UMA_Fan

          No. It’s not.

    • UMA_Fan

      For T-Mobile to find out you are using WiFi Calling overseas they would have to make serious modifications to how WiFi Calling works now…. and why would they care so much? A lot of this talk comes from people who have no idea how international roaming works in the first place.

      When you are in another country you are connected to another phone company which charges T-Mobile US for providing one of their customers with cell phone service. That’s international roaming. WiFi Calling’s purpose is to give your phone reception in places you don’t have it. So when you’re in another country and hook up to WiFi with a WiFi Calling phone your phone is just thinking it’s in an area without reception. T-Mobile doesn’t LOSE money when you use WiFi Calling it’s there for back reliability.

    • just me

      No need for all the argument. Take a look on T-Mobile’s support site, they spell it out:
      There is no additional monthly charge to use the
      Wi-Fi calling feature on your handset. Wi-Fi calling uses monthly plan
      minutes for the following:
      – Calls made from the US to US numbers use plan minutes.
      – Calls made from the US to international numbers (subject to international rates)
      – Calls made from outside the US to US numbers (not charged roaming)
      – Calls made from outside the US to international numbers (subject to international rates, but not charged roaming)

  • Dann

    OMG great news!!!!! I wonder if my country is included (Colombia) just because shakira xD

    • steveb944

      Once I saw it was Shakira I KNEW we were going to be fine. Enjoy it!

    • MagentaMadness

      There is a neat chart above listing all the countries…wonder no more.

  • TMoFan

    Looks like Mr. Shhhhhhh’s birdy was a little drunk and spouted off the first thing that came to mind. :-)

    This won’t benefit me but this is a good move. By offering something that people can use and contrasting that with the Twin Bells it further strengthens the UNcarrier image. A lot of people are going to take advantage of this!

  • Nearmsp

    I spent considerable time reading this on T-mobile’s web site. Here is my observation:
    1. Unlimited data and texts from overseas back home. Fantastic! – fine print – data is at Edge/2G speeds not 3G/4G for which one can buy passes. It is still a big deal!
    2. Incoming and outgoing calls charged at 20 cents. No where it is written Wi-Fi calling is chargeable. So people can either make Wi-Fi calls back home OR, fire GV phone using Google account on the data line to make calls back to US using 2G.
    3. $10 international calling – unlimited calling to 50 country land lines and discounted mobile to mobile calls. Not much worth. One can call at 2 cents a minute from Google phone on your regular phone. T-mobile needs to work on their mobile to mobile call price. Who has land line these days? So, limited people may find this worthwhile.

    In general – I am thrilled. I think this will drive many people to seriously consider T-mobile. I am heading overseas next month on business will report back my experience!

    • Groc

      Once more, GV uses your plan minutes, therefore you will be charged the $0.20 if that’s what they are charging regularly. Be careful.

      • NuShrike

        GV also won’t connect if say you’re in Japan with data off and WiFi only. If you use GV with WiFi calling enabled, $2+ per minute, rounded up. I learned this the hard way.

        • Francis

          So you knw sh.. about it.
          You may use a third party app like talkatone and GV will be working perfectly fine. I have tested that with my relatives. I have created a GV account for my brother. He is able to call me for free. I did not add any cc# in his account.

  • AJ

    I agree. While Mr. Shhhhhh’s info seems to be off, I think T-Mobile will be in a sense “encouraging” people to move to the Simple Choice plans. By adding all these features only to the Simple Choice plan, eventually customers will migrate to those plans. It isn’t forcing them, but sure is a way to entice them over. Of course, not everyone will want/need to move.

    • Groc

      Like I said: They learned how to advertise/market their Simple Plan

  • steveb944

    So my unlimited value isn’t included. I’ll have to start looking for my future plan in order to take advantage of this.

    • ChristianMcC

      If you’re going overseas, I’d say buy data and mins there, as it will typically be cheaper and faster internet, while you put TMO on suspension. If wanting to call overseas, then I see the point…

  • Groc

    Too many people focused on wifi calling…so here it is
    Free WiFi calling, regardless of T-mobile plans or where you are:

    Android phones, please use GrooVe IP Lite

    Iphone, Ipads, etc…, please use Talkatone

    Both will use your Google Voice, without touching your plan minutes
    And please, one up this reply, so everyone sees it :-)

    • AJ

      I am not focused on it as $0.20 a minute roaming internationally is not too bad. BUT, magenta’s website does say $0.20 for either texting or voice over wifi.

      • UMA_Fan

        There is no reason for T-Mobile to charge for WiFi Calling. It doesn’t cost T-Mobile any different if you place a WiFi call in the US or overseas… it’s the same thing there’s no location to it. Cellular use with another operator in another country costs T-Mobile money. It would require too much needless effort for T-Mobile to track your IP when the whole point of this roll out is to be more consumer friendly I don’t see them tacking on overage charges to something they never have charged for in the past.

        • Groc

          Agreed. I would still stay away from using it with so many other reliable free options available…

        • AJ

          Agreed. I have used wifi calling in the past internationally and it worked great but I also don’t see a reason to charge for it. And then to charge for a text as well. Don’t get it. BTW, it probably isn’t hard to track because you talk to their UMA box and they have specific IP ranges configured to run a check against and apply to bill.

        • kalel33

          Texting really doesn’t cost the carriers anything either but they charge for it. It’s been the longest running scam that keeps on giving for them.

        • Durandal_1707

          I just called T-Mobile support, and the representative I talked to claimed that this has not changed, and Wi-Fi calling back to the states is still free.

        • willzzz88

          WiFi calling anywhere (US or overseas) to the US is free. WiFi calling anywhere to any country BUT the US is not free (but 0.20/minute for countries on the list). International voice termination is NOT FREE.

      • AJ

        Ok, you are proposing a free way to make a VOIP call when connected to wifi (not specifically “wifi calling” as defined by T-Mobile)

        • Groc

          Yes and yes. WiFi calling from T-mobile is another gimmick they played on us to “boost” their horrible voice coverage in certain areas, and that’s why they say it might still use your plan minutes. G

        • watkins

          I have unlimited minutes and Wi-Fi calling has been amazing for me when traveling out of the country. This phase 3 just made it even sweeter in case I don’t have a connection out there. what’s not to like about this?

        • johnediii

          You keep speaking of “plan minutes” This whole discussion is about the new international part of the Simple Choice plans. The Simple Choice plans have unlimited minutes.

        • Groc

          Not when they are charging you $0.20 to call back homeland…

  • sidekicker89

    Free International roaming “up to 2G speeds”…. :'(

    • Groc

      = maybe we will be able to use whatsapp outside WiFi coverage… maybe

    • Good

      good edge is 128 kpbs not bad

  • Steve

    Will this work for simple choice family plan?

    • ChristianMcC

      That’s what seems to be the case, all simple post paid plans!

  • Durandal_1707

    Wouldn’t you know this would happen right after I got back from my European vacation. What are the odds?

    • ChristianMcC

      It worked out better in our case, as we paid probably about 30-40 on our Euro SIMs, mins and data for the month, plus used 4GB between the two of us, and saved the 70 we pay for us by suspending.

  • Groc

    Oh T-mobile… I’ll be patiently waiting for “Phase IV”

    • enjoylifefool

      No phase 4…this is it….haven’t they given you enough? Whats next…all lines for free forever…is that what you want? Or how about domestic unlimited data roaming off ATT which cost them millions but you want it all for free….hey if you cant get signal and cant find WIFI…how about you turn your phone off for ONCE and enjoy life?!?!

      • Groc


  • Ĵϵṟϵṃψ Ψαñ

    Are they abandoning their prepaid line?

    • gadget_hero

      I don’t believe so, I do know they are keeping the MetroPCS brand around, maybe all the prepaid will be under that brand?

      • gadget_hero

        I know T-Mobile owns MetroPCS, well technically it was a reverse takeover. However the MetroPCS name is staying but only as a prepaid option. Sascha Segan from PCMag suggests, they make take a Sprint/Virgin Mobile approach with T-Mobile becoming the contract and B2B focused branch, with no-contract subscribers under the MetroPCS brand (and seeing as how T-Mobile has expanded MetroPCS into at least 15 new markets that seems to be the path they are taking). If you want to see more here is the link to an article on Oct 4, 2012 here on TmoNews (http://bit.ly/PAri8o).

        • gadget_hero

          I think you misunderstood me. MetroPCS’s CDMA network will be 100% shutdown in 2015, as T-Mobile has said. I was saying T-Mobile has also said they will keep the MetroPCS brand as a prepaid MVNO, just like Sprint owns and still operates Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, neither of which have ANY network, they run 100% on Sprint’s network. T-Mobile will be the main brand contract free post-paid plans. And it would seem MetroPCS will run on T-Mobile’s network as a reseller for prepaid services.

        • LOVE

          you read this on a blog that was from 7 months ago sounds like. you are talking about his like it just happened!! u r wasting your words drewski

  • Tony Yayo

    I was actually hoping for those cheaper forced migration plans. Ive been holding out on the N3 in case rhat happened.

  • minioninnc

    Wish they included the Bahamas into this, I could try it out while on vacation there at the end of the month.

  • Chris

    Great News as a METRO PCS Customer they still need to go after LEAP, I am happy with my WhatApp, Viber, WeChat and Kakao calling always !!!

  • Jgood

    Wifi us to us free
    Wifi outside us to us free
    Wifi outside us within that country .20
    Wifi outside us to another outside country .20
    Wifi us to outside us cell/landline .20 (free to landline with int. plan

    • Good

      r u sure

      Wifi us to outside us cell/landline .20

      • Good

        why not gsm us to outside us cell/landline .20??

        • LOVE

          i dont understand why all excited about wifi/international wifi.
          phase 3 unvelied all these people on tmonews blogs are like

          Yes!! finally, wifi calling outside at .20 cents a minute !!!!
          i was waiting my whole life for a wifi plan like this, and its here finally !! yess!!

  • heya

    So are the rumored “forced transition” plans not happening anymore?? Anyone got any info on this??

    • Tony Yayo

      Id like to know too.

    • readbetweenthelines

      There is no such thing as FORCED TRANSITION…if you don’t want the new plan keep your old one…but you are still paying full price for your handset

  • Walkee

    I feel like T-Mobile is pitching around me by focusing on new customers instead of the existing base. They have missed me on all three phases and I’m ready to walk. The end of the classic plan will be like hitting me in the head…

    • TechHog

      I’m guessing that you’re talking about domestic coverage? That’s gonna take a long time to improve no matter what happens.

      • Yeah it’s really simple, if they don’t have coverage where you need it they probably never will. I don’t understand why people sign up for a service that’s not good where they are then complain… you have plenty of time to quit.


      WALK..go sign a contract, then bitch about that…PLEASE GO AWAY!!!! Your name WALKEE proves a point you should WALKEE away from TMO and never post again. Do it….DO IT!!!!

  • TmoNews_Inuyasha

    I heard an employee mentioning this to a customer who was going to be traveling internationally soon while I was working on a register in a store yesterday. Didn’t really hear what all he was saying, though, since I was focusing on my work.

  • Nick Cannon

    GREAT NEWS! Taking a Caribbean cruise in a month and will put this to the test. Maybe I’ll even get data on board?

    • Annie Nomynous

      cruise ships are not countries on the list. Cruise ships are notoriously expensive and have strong signals. Even if your ship is in port and you are on land, check that you are not picking up the ships signal instead of the wireless signal of the host country.

      • Good

        ships have signals?

        • takeabreakforonce

          they also have bars and nightclubs and casinos..TURN YOUR DAMN CELL PHONE OFF!!!

  • Bklynman

    What so great about this? Am I the only one to notice,Antarctica is not on the list?
    How can TM not put Antarctica on this list? I was planning to go there for a vacation, now I change my mind. Thanks for nothing TM.

  • Newmexican

    I usually depend on WIFI calling when going to Europe. On my last trip I knew it would be spotty, so I tried to get my old HTC G2 unlocked as a backup. TMo was totally uncooperative and dishonest about this,and I had to leave without an unlocked backup phone. So I left my TMO phone off a lot during my trip.
    I was committed to leave TMO on my return, as they do not seem to honor 9 years of being a good well-paying customer. I must admit that this phase three might make me reconsider, I travel a lot abroad and this is a game change for me (as a backup ti WIFI calling).

    • MEXiCANTgettherulesstraight

      TMO is the easiest company to get your phone unlocked…very straight forward rules..looks like user error in not reading the policy on this one

      • Newmexican

        Thanks for your WRONG opinion. I read the policy (have unlocked phones in previous years during my 9 years with TMO without any problem, yes they never made any problems with this). Problem this time was that the first unlock code through standard procedures (takes about 48 hours) did not work. They were also treating me like someone who wanted to cheat them, as I wanted to unlock a phone that was out of service already for 8 months (replaced by a newer one also through TMO). Then I had two attempts for an “expedited” service to fix the problem. I am still waiting for any reply on those after 5 weeks (!) and the trip to Europe already over.

        But you are so clever “MEXiCANTgettherulesstraight” you know better than me.

        And do not get me wrong, there is a reason that I am with TMO for 9 years, if you look through my postings here since the G1 came out, I am typically very supportive of them. But this one the f&**(ed up big time.

  • TMoGivethTMoTaketh

    1) Free 2G data in the covered countries. Now does that mean that I will get 2G speeds if I am connected on a 3G network and my phone shows “3G” or must it show “2G” for me to be covered under the free data plan?

    2) Free texting in the covered countries. Odd thing is that you cannot text over wifi or it will cost .20

    3)Free WiFi/UMA calling from overseas to USA phones is good as dead. It now says $.20cents per minute for wifi calling. It doesn’t discriminate between wifi calling to the country you are in vs. to the USA so this is a big blow. As far as I recall, TMo wifi/uma calling was free only to calls made to USA Phone#’s from anywhere in the world, it was never free to #’s called abroad from abroad or #’s called abroad from USA.

    • cityofnewyork3000

      Calls over Wi-Fi are $.20/min; texts over Wi-Fi are $.20 each (no charge for Wi-Fi calls or texts to US).

  • peter

    So internationally we get unlimited 2g roaming but inside the contindntal US we are still capped at 100mb per month of data roaming? Fuck you tmobile. I visit family at least 3 times a year in Asheville North Carolina and there is zero signal there at all times unless you are in the tiny downtown area. Otherwise, in the mountains, you’re stuck on roaming if you have tmobile. This of course means that on every trip I to over that 100mb limit within maybe 2 days mostly by accident. In the same area Verizon is full 4g ltd and tmobile is roaming. Lets not forget that most of the 10 hour drive from Orlando to Asheville is spent on 2g data.

    Tmobile has way more problems affecting their customers and they choose something many of them will never benefit from? Poor decision.

    Fix our domestic data coverage, especially along major roads like i95. Fix the domestic roaming data cap if you can’t afford to fix your own data coverage in lower population areas. These are real problems affecting current customers. These happen to be the same problems that will affect the new customers that they are trying to a attract with these new changes.

    • guest

      there are likely more customers who travel and (thus roam) internationally than there are who roam domestically believe it or not. Not to mention, the costs that T-Mobile gets charged from other networks for domestic roaming is significant.

      • Good

        yeah internationally they own or partner with much better companies that att

      • Patrick Valdez

        Most Tmobile customers aren’t the traveling type. This is all just hype.

  • John

    What’s not to like here? Free wifi calling as always, no matter where you are, and now we can access cellular data in 100 countries, and pay only 20 cents a minute to call the US from Europe while on a cellular network. This is a big deal for those of us who travel abroad.

  • johnediii

    To all the people saying that T-mo wouldn’t know where you are if you are using wifi calling, I don’t think you understand how the internet works. It is VERY basic functionality for any ISP to locate what country you are in by the source IP address. When you connect to a Wifi network, the external IP of your wifi network will immediately tell T-mobile where in the world you are.

    • ThankMeLAter

      Not if you connect to a proxy and turn GPS off. Wooosh

      • Sbarney

        Can’t use new IMS Wi-Fi calling without a SIM. SIM has to authenticate at some point to a local tower. Wi-Fi calling will still be 20¢/min. they GOTTA know.

  • Snake 384

    Sorry I don’t get one part. If i am alrdy on a simple choice plan can I make calls to say Mexico (land line) for free next month? Or do I need to pay ten dollars a month? Thanks in advance

    • Good

      calls arent included period

    • VJ

      International talk and text is 10.00. so if your here calling there.
      But if you go to mexico to visit you can text to the states for free and free data as well. calls is .20 cent a minute.

  • tomnewtn

    When I go back to Italy next spring, I’ll do like before. Use one of my unlocked phone and buy a sim card from TIM. I think I paid 20e for a month of data/phone when I purchased one in Rome last year.

  • 0neTw0

    This is just great. I will get coverage everywhere but my own house. Thank you T-Mobile.

  • Good

    I wonder if international users will buy a plan just for this, kinda cool

  • John Jacob Jingleheimerschmidt

    Putting the cart before the horse. How about covering the entire 48 states first, T-mo?

    • LOVE

      FCC sanctions? It isn’t as simple as buying a tower and putting up more towers. Could TMo could contact its competition to lease towers in areas TMo doesnt have coverage? maybe that is what they should do. I live in Los Angeles and the coverage/cell service availability between TMo ATT VW is identical where I have been. All three carriers have the same exact dead zones, exactly. — but Sprint has far more dead zones than TMO VW and ATT. Sprint is the worse carrier to have in Los Angeles. I cant speak for where you live but TMO VW ATT are more or less identical in coverage, but it is the speed/data LTE availability of the network that varies between these carriers.

      • Patrick Valdez

        Tmobile boasting about “unlimited” international roaming data is bullshit when we have domestic data roaming caps. That’s where they need to work on their network. It’s inexcusable for Tmobile to have NO HOME NETWORK coverage between El Paso, TX and Odessa, TX. That’s over 250 miles on two major interstates. A large portion of Eastern Iowa and western Illinois has no home network coverage. There’s almost no home network coverage between Lincoln, NE and Salt Lake City, UT. None in West Central Pennsylvania. Just to name a few. Tmobile likes to pretend they are a national network provider but they really aren’t.

  • Decoclub

    Wi-Fi Calling and Messaging Impacts

    All incoming Wi-Fi calls are $0.00
    All Wi-Fi calls back to the U.S. are $0.00
    Wi-Fi calls placed while outside the U.S. to a destination on the Simple Global Country List is only $0.20
    Wi-Fi calls placed while outside the U.S. to a destination not on the Simple Global Country List are $0.20 plus
    Wi-Fi toll charges.
    See the current list for international long distance rates by country, which already includes the $0.20.
    No charge for incoming messages while on Wi-Fi 

    This should clarify the wifi calling discussions. Found this on T Mobile CS forum by a CS Representative.

  • Alex Zapata

    Well, it’s a good start.

  • LOVE

    It is CRAZY AT&T selling $5 a DAY data passes for tablets!! I can’t believe the huge difference in pricing. So glad I left AT&T. Why people pay AT&T is beyond my understanding. The coverage isn’t that much better or LTE that much more. ?????

  • joelfreak

    I find it funny that even with this plan, you still can’t roam in Guam for free. It’s part of the US!

  • billyburger

    Just watch out for the “migration fee” of $100 to go from current plan to Simple Choice. They would waive that if you upgrade equipment — which we don’t need. Also new plan would only take effect at beginning of next cycle, so plan ahead.