T-Mobile raising Simple Global roaming calling price, also adding new supported countries

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Heads up, international travelers, because T-Mobile is making some changes to its Simple Global roaming feature.

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. Beginning on your first new bill cycle after July 31st, these calls will cost $0.25 per minute, which is an increase of $0.05 per minute.

As for why T-Mo is upping the price of Simple Global calling, here’s what the carrier had to say:

“It is necessary to update our calling rates from time to time. We still offer one of the most competitive pay per use abroad rates in the industry with Simple Global included in your plan. We work hard to minimize the frequency and impact of these changes.”

The good news is that T-Mobile is also expanding the number of Simple Global countries and destinations. On July 22nd, the number of Simple Global countries and destinations will grow from 154 to more than 200.

Here’s the full list of countries that’ll be included with Simple Global once July 22nd rolls around:

  • Afghanistan
  • Aland Islands
  • Albania
  • Alderney
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • 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
  • 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

Thanks, Avraham!

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Sharti24

    North Korea is missing from the list

    • dave

      So is Cuba

      • SuzieSunshine

        Cuba has a separate rate structure, $2.00 a minute to Cuban numbers, $0.50 per text, and $2.00/MB. To access wifi in Cuba you need to buy a prepaid card, and then WiFi calling is free to US numbers.

        https://www.t-mobile.com/news/cuba-roaming

        • Sharti24

          With the exception of Gitmo. I believe tmobile has their own towers on base

      • Luis Hotdaddy Vasquez

        Because nobody cares about these countries…

    • Hurlamania

      So is Hurlandia

    • SirStephenH

      Do they even have electricity in North Korea?

  • Mike Thaler

    Is text and data still included?

    • Looking at the page from T-Mobile, looks like they’re not changing. Texting and data are the same these days anyway, so if texting does change, data would too. But it’s so slow (2G/3G depending on carrier/country) I don’t think their international partners care about us impacting their networks when overseas.

  • g2a5b0e

    No Wakanda? That’s a shame.

  • thepanttherlady

    Well, they were only on a 3 hour tour….

  • Petey07

    Probably is cheaper to buy a prepaid sim locally at the country you at… and its probably cheaper to call with a calling card.

    • Jim Scardelis

      Actually, T-Mobile’s global roaming rates, even with the increase are a small fraction of the local rates. Whenever I travel on business, my colleagues and clients abroad are amazed at how low my rates are compared to theirs – with unlimited data on top, which they almost never have.

      • Max

        Yeah but the unlimited data basically works for messaging and “light” social media, anything else can be so slow that sometimes it’s borderline unusable. I just returned from a trip and found ironic that only checking my T-Mobile account took me several minutes… And uploading a picture same… Checking my Blink camera alert videos? Up to 2-3 minutes per 1 min video…

        I think that it’s great to have free roaming data but unless they increase the speed a little it will become completely useless sooner than later.

        • riverhorse

          I mostly agree with this, with one caveat– depending on which country– in some you DO get fast data, however, in many as you say you are at the mercy of depriorization and poor infrastructure.
          I laugh at expat / tele work from anywhere in the world articles / postings. One can be subject to very bad latency at best, and outages of cellular, wired internet, electricity(or downright unavailability outside large cities). The upscale resorts and residential buildings often have backup generators and satellite dishes– but service is still crappy a lot of the time. TV almost unwatchable– think of satellite reception during bad weather, and internet and cellular at almost unusable dial up speeds.
          Even simple landline phone calls from a hotel or dedicated calling center in another country’s capital to here in the US can be very garbled and suffer random disconnects.

      • riverhorse

        Depends on which country– some countries categorize province / city to province / city as long distance…and even worse if calling between landline & cellular. Speaking of the latter, incoming cellular minutes can also result in extra charges.

        At any rate, I call several different countries(not already included in plan or in free minute promos)– and can always find a cheaper calling card.

  • Jimmy Cratner

    It’s way easier to use WhatsApp or FaceTime Audio. Literally everyone has at least one of those 2. And use WiFi calling for landlines. I stayed overseas for a few months so I’d know.

    • SirStephenH

      Overseas Wi-Fi calling/texting works for all US numbers, not just landlines. When you’re using Wi-Fi calling overseas you’re essentially inside the US as far as T-Mobile is concerned.

  • steveb944

    It would be much easier if they told us just the new countries.

    • riverhorse

      Over 200 countries, so I believe this is almost every single country in the world, that is NOT officially US trade embargoed or declared sponsor of state terrorism / Fincen crimes. And it’s not to say that some on those lists aren’t included anyway.
      There’s only 196 countries in the world, I seriously doubt I’d find, much less want to call, anywhere missing on that list.

      Now, having said all that– from a cursory glance- phone cards to specific locations will beat Tmo rates…not by a lot, but by a few pennies to the dollar.

      • Mark

        These are countries you can use your phone overseas at $0.25 not call from the US for $0.25/min so phone cards are irrelevant.

        • riverhorse

          To lower cost you call US calling card # @ overseas using any free US calling app…assuming roaming data bandwidth not unusably low.

      • SirStephenH

        I was thinking that too at first but it’s not over 200 countries, it’s over 200 countries and *destinations*.

    • Encino Stan

      Algeria
      Angola
      Bangladesh
      Benin
      Bosnia and Herzegovina
      Brunei Darussalam
      Burkina Faso
      Burundi
      Cameroon
      Cape Verde
      Chad
      Congo
      Congo, Democratic Republic
      Cote d’Ivoire
      Curacao
      Fiji
      French Polynesia
      Gabon
      Gambia
      Gibraltar
      Greenland
      Guinea
      Guinea-Bissau
      Jordan
      Kyrgyzstan
      Laos
      Liberia
      Lichtenstein
      Madagascar
      Malawi
      Maldives
      Mali
      Mauritania
      Mauritius
      Mayotte
      Mongolia
      Morocco
      Mozambique
      Myanmar
      Nauru
      Niger
      Nigeria
      Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan)
      Oman
      Palestinian Territories
      Papua New Guinea
      Reunion
      Rwanda
      Samoa
      Senegal
      Seychelles
      Sierra Leone
      Tajikistan
      Tanzania
      Togo
      Tonga
      Tunisia
      Turkmenistan
      Uzbekistan
      Vietnam
      Western Sahara
      Zimbabwe

  • Philip

    Where is US Virgin Island?

    • SirStephenH

      It’s the US, you don’t need international roaming when you’re in the US.

    • riverhorse

      Caribbean. But it’s not an island with virgins– such a thing, above 9 years of age– does not exist in the entire US.

  • Phone Guy

    Big bummer! .25 cents is actually quite pricy. I just set my friend up on his Xfinity Mobile International plan. No membership fee, and either .10 per minute to make calls between countries or back to the US, or some countries are .15 per minute. I was so jealous when I saw that, and now we are going up to a quarter per minute. Here goes the slow T-Mobile hike price.

    I actually enjoy using my phone when overseas and not having to be tied to a wifi hot spot. This just adds a little sting as I use it quite a bit. One single 30 minute call will go up another $1.50.

    • SirStephenH

      It’s still free with Wi-Fi calling though.

      • Phone Guy

        You are so right. However, I call friends in foreign countries, or a store while abroad. If you call on wi-fi calling to the US, its free. If you call on wifi calling to all the other countries, i.e. across the street to order a pizza, its about $2.00 to $3.75 or something crazy per minute. If you fall back to cellular, then its .25 per minute. I do use the wifi calling for calling back to the states.

        • mavricxx

          In situations like that it’s better to get a local sim or use the hotel’s phone. I use the Magic Jack app and add international minutes for stuff like that plus it comes in super handy when you travel overseas too

  • Joe2050

    Just for those who don’t know, it’s free call abroad using Wi-Fi calling back to US.

    • SirStephenH

      Also free texting.

  • mavricxx

    $5 for only 512mb of LTE is such a RIP off! I can see all day but not for that crap