T-Mobile launching international high-speed data pass on August 1st

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Last week we learned that T-Mobile will be raising the price of Simple Global roaming calling as well as adding more countries where Simple Global works. Now some more Simple Global news has come out.

Starting August 1st, T-Mobile will offer a new international high-speed data pass. For $5 per day, customers can get 512MB of data up to 4G LTE speeds and unlimited calls in all Simple Global countries. Your pass will last for 24 hours, after which point you’ll rever to regular Simple Global which offers unlimited texting and 2G data. Customers can purchase up to two passes per 24 hours.

As a reminder, T-Mobile is raising the cost per minute for calls within and between Simple Global countries and destinations as well as from Simple Global countries back to the U.S. The price of these calls will be $0.25 per minute starting on your first new billing cycle after July 31st. That price is up $0.05 per minute from the current Simple Global calling rate.

T-Mobile is also increasing the number of countries supported by Simple Global. That number is currently 154, but starting July 22nd, Simple Global will work in more than 200 countries. Here’s the full list of countrise that’ll be included with Simple Global starting July 22nd:

  • Afghanistan
  • Aland Islands
  • Albania
  • Alderney
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Azores
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Canary Islands
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Christmas Island
  • Colombia
  • Congo
  • Congo, Democratic Republic
  • Costa Rica
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Curacao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Easter Island
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Herm
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Liberia
  • Lichtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Madeira
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marie Galante
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Northern Ireland
  • Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan)
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Eustatius
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Saba
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sark Island
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Scotland
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Sint Maarten
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Svalbard
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Wales
  • Western Sahara
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Source: T-Mobile

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  • g2a5b0e

    Still no Wakanda. This is unacceptable. T-Mobile needs to get it together!

    • Jason Caprio

      I’m sure T-Mobile would add Wakanda to the list if the current handsets were able to handle their superior network which is light years ahead of all other countries.

      • riverhorse

        and which sometimes can go an entire day without experiencing a single electrical, landline and tv outage.

  • Jason Caprio

    Verizon does the exact same thing, except it’s $10/day and it’s the same 512MB limit. I was in Europe a couple months ago and was using my work provided Verizon service. If you hit the 512MB limit, it reverts to 2G speed and you can say “yes” in a text for an additional 512MB for another $10. I said yes a few times since my work was paying for it lol

    I suppose this is a good thing for T-Mobile customers. It allows them to actually be able to use their phone while traveling abroad for 5 bucks. 2G data speed is useless.

    • zeiferx

      its kind of the same but its not. while I admit that the free data is enough for messaging this new data pass just give your High speed data. While Verizons 10 dollars a day travel pass lets you make calls to the country you are at and the us. no limit on minutes which tmobile just increased from 5 to 25 cents.
      if the merger go thru watch how things will start changing fast due to less competition, deals have cool down a lot since it was announce and I dont see any competition happening unless it gets block.
      I use the travel pass when im going on a short trip and don’t wanna go get a local sim.

      • icwhatudidthere

        Read it again. For $5, you also get unlimited calling.

        • zeiferx

          missed that one. thanks for pointing it out. now thats a better deal.

      • Trevnerdio

        20 to 25 cents, not 5 to 25 haha

    • h4xdaplanet

      Using this “useless” 2g speed in Singapore right now – was able to do a video call

  • pda96

    Still can’t beat buying a local SIM.

    • Disqus5218

      You can if it means keeping your number for calls.

      If you have an easy way to forward calls to the international number, or answer them on data, you’re correct. If I go to a country and the SIM is $25 for a week, and I can just pay TMobile an extra $10 and still get calls like normal? The TMobile plan wins imho.

      • pda96

        Texting works for me. If someone really needs to talk to me while I’m overseas, they can use WhatsApp, Hangouts, etc……It all boils down to personal preference

        • Disqus5218

          I have some people calling me business wise, and I can’t tell anyone outside my friends to use Facebook’s Spyware Messenger to call me. Yes, the former WhatsApp guy left because he didn’t want FB selling the data inside the app. No I don’t have a FB.

      • Frankwhitess

        I agree ! If your traveling and you can’t spend a extra $10 to make your life easier with getting your calls directly to your phone,…. You shouldn’t be traveling .

        • riverhorse

          Absolutely right sir!
          Everyone spoiled by 99cent stores! “I only want to pay a dollar…and no tax…and it better be good quality + long-lasting!”

  • resource

    Why no week pass for longer trips?

    • riverhorse

      5×7=$35.

      • Disqus5218

        Yeah, but it’d be nice to be able to buy it up front instead of each day.

        • riverhorse

          FYI You can buy twice in one day(those who want more data maybe).
          You know, it is just so cheap, one long call could be more than that $35.
          And if you sell a longer pass and for some reason connection experiences hiccups at ANY time, folks will want at least a partial refund of that larger fee– a portion of which TMO gives to the local…what a potential logistical, money-burning headache.

        • Jason

          It is NOT cheap. Thats basically a $150 a month rate. Yeah it includes LTE data and calls but it should for that price.

        • riverhorse

          Well, then get a local sim if you’re staying that long, same as local rental instead of hotel, cheap car instead of rental.
          You’re traveling– how much are you spending daily on overpriced tourist transport, lodging and food? $5 must be a drop in that bucket.
          It’s as cheap as it can be, given the costs because of two companies and different countries involved.
          And it’s much cheaper than all other US competitors.
          Barring backpacker / missionary status, it is presupposed that one is able to travel because one has money.

        • 7 days is not a long trip. T-Mobile used to have a 10-day international high-speed plan for $20, which I used to get whenever I traveled internationally. It was a bit more expensive than getting a local SIM, and you only got 1GB of data, but the convenience outweighed the price.

          As part of this, T-Mobile also stopped offering the 10-day plan. (I believe they also offered a 5-day one for $10, but I can’t be certain.)

      • Raul Estevez

        PLUS TAX

      • resource

        And you have to buy that 7 times. Not convenient or really a week pass

  • Frankwhitess

    So let me get this straight, for $5 I can get unlimited calling in the country I am in and back to the states ????

    • Alex Wagner

      You do get unlimited calls with this $5 international data pass, but it only lasts for 24 hours.

      • riverhorse

        And it’s a great deal. 24 hours can cover large part ot two days.

      • Frankwhitess

        Thank you Alex!!!

    • KMB877

      No! For $5 you’re getting 1/2 Gig of data, 4G/LTE speeds (and 2G after) during a 24 hr period.
      Calls will be 25 c/minute (incoming or outgoing).

      • steveb944

        Yes!
        “…and unlimited calls in all Simple Global countries.”

    • riverhorse

      For back to the States just use Google Voice or any number of competing apps.

      • Frankwhitess

        I worry more when they call me.. I use Google voice and what’s app .. But i have to admit, talking over cellular versus voip is much better in quality.

        • riverhorse

          You are absolutely correct, unfortunately.
          Years ago, before Sprint killed it off, Nextel was a godsend for calling certain countries.

      • Wilma Kane

        Calls back to the states over wifi are free btw. And as I stated above, was in Europe twice in the past year. Each time it was never more than $40-50 extra and I made all the calls I wanted to European phones and data (allowed 2g, which was LTE mostly) with no “extra” international plan.

    • Jason

      $5 per day. But yes, voice seems to be included. Thats $150 a month though. That aint cheap at all, they should be included.

      • Raul Estevez

        its still cheap if you do the reverse European carriers charge about 7.50 Euros to roam outside the European Union. It works out to be about 10.00 a day. Looks like t mobile USA is mirroring the way things are done on the other side same data cap and calls and sms. I personally just buy a local sim and away i go. I also use the digits app and use the local sim data when abroad

  • Wilma Kane

    I was in Europe twice in the past year. Italy, Germany and France it was LTE service without any additional data plans from TMo. This is larger populated areas. There are still rural areas where it gets slow. Try it first before buying when you get there.

    • steveb944

      Keep in mind that’s part of the slower free data, assuming they have LTE you’ll get LTE speeds with this.

      • Wilma Kane

        My point exactly. Why pay when you can get it for free? You can always sign up on the fly if its not working for you.

  • mavricxx

    512mb is not nearly enough! What a robbery by T-Mobile. I can see unlimited LTE but not that little bit

    • riverhorse

      One single call can cost more than that $5. Pricing based on what local carrier wants to charge.

    • Phone Guy

      That’s like 15GB per month on average. 512 is enough for 98% of users for a day, and for $5 more, they can have a gig a day. But using 30 gigs during a months vacation means your not looking out the window. Its a decent plan.

  • Joe2050

    1GB, 5GB, or 10Gb would be better practical options and would expire within 30 days.

  • steveb944

    I normally resort to using Whatsapp for calls, but this is good to have as an option.

  • Raul Estevez

    Hello its 5.00 a day but when i called T mobile and inquired if taxes and fess were included they said no Just wondering how much extra its going to be. When i was with ATT i used the 10.00 a day pass when i traveled to Europe on business and when it was all said and done it worked out to be about 14.00 a day. But you have to take into account this is ATT and they also add extra fees on top of the taxes

  • Gavriel Ostrow

    wait a minute, then how do people in those countries call you? doesn’t that get tricky?

  • I just chatted to T-Mobile about this.

    This article doesn’t mention that T-Mobile is also REMOVING the 5- and 10-day data international high-speed data passes. In the past, you used to be able to buy a 10-day data pass that included 1GB of high-speed data, for $20. It’s not like it’s a lot of data, but the point is, you’d have high speed access for your whole holiday. There was a 5-day option too, I think.

    The new $5/day option only lasts 24hrs. So if you’re going on holiday, and you just need high speed (but don’t need a lot of data), this is a really bad deal.