T-Mobile giving free unlimited high-speed data to customers traveling to Rio 2016 Olympics


T-Mobile customers traveling to Europe this summer are getting free unlimited high-speed data, and now T-Mo has announced that customers traveling to the Olympics next month will be getting a gift of their own.

T-Mobile’s Brazil Unleashed promo will give free unlimited high-speed data to all Simple Choice postpaid customers traveling to Brazil for the 2016 Olympic Games. Customers will also get free calls from Brazil to the U.S., and thanks to Simple Global, they get unlimited texting, too.

The free data and calling in Brazil will begin August 1 and last all month long.

In addition to giving its customers free high-speed data in Brazil, T-Mobile is gifting something to the families of the U.S. athletes that’ll be competing there. T-Mo will give 100 family members of U.S. athletes free T-Mobile service, a free Galaxy S7 edge, and Gear 360 camera through October.

And of course, because AT&T is a sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Committee, John Legere couldn’t resist taking a shot at them as part of today’s announcement:

“AT&T is spending millions to put their logo all over the games as the official sponsor. They introduced a new ‘Brazil plan’ last month, so their customers can foot the bill for AT&T’s VIP parties and private suites in Rio. That couldn’t be more different from the Un-carrier. T-Mobile is freeing customers to travel to the Rio Games and use their phones without worry.”

Are you or anyone you know going to Brazil for the Olympics?

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Geography Student

    Brazil is a big country with lots of people. I read about them in school. I don’t think there are Panthers or Panther Ladies there.

    • thepanttherlady

      The only panttherlady is in Cali. For now. :)

      • maximus1901

        why don’t you whitelist .gov, fiercewireless .com, etc so we can just post the links without have to insert a lame space before the .com ?

        Does your employer honestly think fiercewireless .com will redirect to porn?

        • thepanttherlady

          My employer has nothing to do with TmoNews so they wouldn’t give a flying whoop what links you post. :)

        • maximus1901

          i’m talking about whoever controls tmonews .com

  • NardVa

    I’m not going to the Olympics, but this is a nice gesture by T-Mobile.

  • Jess

    Wow, this is pretty neat. Love how T-mobile is one step ahead of the game.

  • BreakingData

    I’m not attending , but for those that are I hope they beefed up their LTE since I was last there.

  • Jason Caprio

    It’s getting to the point where T-Mobile works better in other countries than in the USA! I was in Toronto last week and I have to say that Canada’s LTE networks are years ahead of the USA in terms of speed. More often than not I had 3-way carrier aggregation: Band 2 at 20MHz + Band 4 at 15MHz + Band 12 at 5MHz for a total of 40MHz wideband. Not to mention in fringe areas it hops on either Band 5 or 17/12. This is on Bell and Telus. My fastest speedtest was around 160MBits/sec. My phone is a Galaxy Note 5.

    • Mollek216

      Yeah but try their plans over there. Way more pricey.

      • Jason Caprio

        Oh wow a 10GB plan on Bell is like $150/month. I guess you get what you pay for though!

        • Acdc1a

          Not exactly. Take the road to Niagara Falls or Windsor. You’ll constantly drop to nearly unusable HSPA…If you ever travel by road in Canada you’ll take back your statements.

        • Mollek216

          Sounds worst then Verizon. And I believe they don’t have a crappy network like sprint to go to. I think they have like two major networks. I have at&t and I’m bundled into the unlimited data plan but jeez the maple leaf price is crazy to have a phone.

        • Jason Caprio

          They have Rogers, Bell, and Telus. Rogers is like their Verizon, Bell and Telus share towers through a partnership and are kind of like AT&T.

        • Mollek216

          Can’t forget videotron

        • Vidéotron is a great option in Québec – in fact they’re who I would go with if I were living there.

        • ChristianMcC

          Wind is their third option, using all the same bands as TMO.

        • Wind is like T-Mobile before the failed AT&T merger that got them all the spectrum that allowed them to go hardcore with LTE. They still haven’t launched LTE, and aren’t a national carrier. They’re only in about five cities nationwide, elsewhere they charge roaming of 5 cents a megabyte, 15c for calls, 10 cents for text! So they’re not much of an option.

        • a d00d

          You need to remember that a Canadian dollar is only worth around 3/4 of an American one right now: therefore it costs more for equipment, electricity, etc. Taxes are also generally much higher, more like a European country. OTOH, Rogers is their AT&T and Bell is their Verizon, so…

  • maximus1901

    and just what % of tmo customers can afford to go?

    this is like offering unlimited lte on the russian space station . . . once you pay the $100mil for a ticket there.

    • Jason Caprio

      Maybe that’s why it’s being offered lol. It’s for the 20 T-Mobile customers that will be there.

      • maximus1901

        exactly the point. Legere gets his PR boost “UNLIMITED SPEED DATA AT OLYMPICS”, and Twitter impressions for “olympics” searches and cost to TMO is ~0

    • gmo8492

      I assume that anyone that goes to Brazil can take advantage of this. So I think it will benefit more than the 20 people who will just go specifically for the Olympics.

    • ChristianMcC

      I know plenty of TMO customer’s who could afford the flight and enjoy a good time in Rio, or elsewhere in Brazil. That’s kinda rude to assume just because some are thrifty, that it’s a cost issue.

      • maximus1901

        It’s not rude when it’s a fact. TMO is the cheaper carrier. That’s the only reason I have it (and unlimited). If i needed tv service and could afford att, I would get their unlimited plan.

        I’m sure you can find statistics on income distribution for each carrier’s subs.

        • user311

          Dunno if your theory is always applicable. I currently have 4 unlimited lines, 2 tablets 2 gear s2 and pay over 380 per month. I switched from Verizon’s unlimited 2 years ago and enjoy a new phone every 6 months because of the OG JoD and am happy with my 90+Mbps download speed which in my area ( Bergen Co, NJ) is faster than my friends that are still on Verizon. TMO can be cheaper but it isn’t always the case.

        • FILA

          Even if I was a millionaire Id still be with T

        • ChristianMcC

          Dang, that’s a lot, but if imagine it’s a much better deal than you would be getting with any other carrier!

        • Acdc1a

          I’ll chime in and tell you that I can certainly afford it. I could afford AT&T’s unlimited plan with the DirecTV service too. I choose not to give any of the money I work for to such a company.

        • Mike Palomba

          T-Mobile customer here and I could afford it too. T-Mobile may be cheap but that’s not the reason that most people have it. If I wanted I could be on Verizon but I’d be paying probably double with no perks such as unlimited data, music freedom, free stuff on Tuesdays, etc.

  • AA-Ron

    Things like this is the reason can’t imagine leaving T-Mobile. They are the only ones doing things like this. I was in Brazil a couple years ago, wish I had T-Mobile then. I had, wait for it………ver-high-zon.

  • pmichos

    We (family of 4) are in Europe for the whole month of July. In the states our plan is 2.5 GB each per month. My two teen girls alone have probably used 20-25 GB each so far and still have a week to go. It is truly unlimited high speed for free. The speeds have been great. This would have cost us a fortune with another carrier. Been with t-mobile since the voicestream days.

    • I want then to extend this so badly. I’m in France and Switzerland in November and would love to have it.

  • a d00d

    Well, I’m officially pissed now: all that roaming data in other countries, but NO roaming data on select carriers here. I really am ready to make the jump to Sprint (works ok here and they DO have roaming data, even if it’s a small amount–also network isn’t bogged down as bad thanks to the 2.6 GHz band) or Project Fi (as long as I can keep data usage in check).

    I’ve weaned myself from most videos, so Binge On doesn’t matter for me much anymore. Tmo Tuesdays is becoming a joke and I really didn’t care that much in the first place. And the roaming issue. I like what Legere did in the past, but not so much now. Please, someone give him a reality check. PLEEEESE!!!!!