T-Mobile launching new International Pass add-ons for data and calling this week


Lots of folks like to take vacations and travel during the summer, and so with the summer months fast approaching, T-Mobile is updating its selection of International Pass plan add-ons.

Starting tomorrow, June 5th, T-Mobile customers can choose from three International Passes when they’re traveling abroad. Each one includes unlimited calling and a high-speed data allotment in more than 210 countries and destinations. The add-ons are:

  • 15GB International Pass includes 15GB of high-speed data to be used up to 30 days for $50
  • 5GB International Pass includes 5GB of high-speed data to be used up to 10 days for $35
  • International pass with up to 512MB of high-speed data for one day at a price of $5

Customers with a Magenta plan get unlimited texting and data at up to 2G speeds (128Kbps), and those folks with a Magenta Plus add-on will get up to double the data speeds (256Kbps) when traveling abroad. Calling is priced at $0.25 per minute with both Magenta and Magenta Plus. So if you’re traveling abroad this summer and plan to do use a lot of data or make several calls, these International Pass add-ons may be worth considering.

T-Mobile tells me that the International Passes are available to customers on Magenta, T-Mobile ONE, Simple Choice, New Classic, and Select Choice plans. To get an International Pass, you can add it to your plan in the app or online when you arrive in your destination.

To see a list of the more than 210 countries and destinations where you can get high-speed data and unlimited calling with an International Pass add-on, visit T-Mobile’s site.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Andrew

    Good because the 20KB/s speed they were giving me in Italy last month was brutal.

    • Romdude

      What is even more brutal is none free at all like other carriers. Just went overseas and was buying the 5 dollar per day one when I needed it. Why didn’t you buy that? 500mb LTE speed, it helped that I downloaded offline Google maps for the area I was in.

      • Andrew

        If the “uncarrier” had offered those high speed data options about a month ago I would’ve been on it

        • steveb944

          They have for a while.

        • Josh Warfel

          They did already have the $5 per day option.

  • tranceformer978

    My wife and I each bought the five dollar pass on our 18 hour layover in Tokyo last year. Worth every penny.

  • Frankwhitess

    Is it really unlimited international calling ???

    • Nick


      • Frankwhitess

        Thank you Nick

  • JG

    Customers with a Magenta plan get unlimited texting and data at up to 2G speeds (128Kbps), and those folks with a Magenta Plus add-on will get up to double the data speeds (256Kbps) when traveling abroad. Calling is priced at $0.25 per minute with both Magenta and Magenta Plus.

    And those of us with grandfathered One plans?

    Unless they do a similar 2 for $100 Magenta promo like the One plan I’m on…

    • Yonatan Ben Magen

      Honestly the 256Kbps is still awful and painfully slow.

      Been paying $60 for a Google Fi Data only sim that for 15Gb of Int’l 4G high speed data, granted you have to carry a 2nd phone and charge it but its great for a couple or family to use it as a hot spot (wouldn’t burn up data pool on streaming video tho) last trip me and DW used 15GB in 18 days

      Have the grandfathered OnePlus plan still but wondering how I’ll keep it.

      • Omar Boyer

        Dam people complaining about 256kbps haha ! , verizon gave me like 10/KB speed in Mexico for free last month! It didn’t load absolutely nothing and I mean NOTHING. iMessage wouldn’t even work! I wish they gave us 256 kbps! Worse company ever to use overseas. Then I bought their half a gig for 5 dollars for supposedly “4G speed” they robbed me it was same TERRIBLE speed . Couldn’t load anything at all! I took all companies to Mexico before and they all had decent speed , this was my first time using Verizon it was the worse one! It absolutely didn’t work , Next time for sure I’ma take t-mobile. …

        • Eric A

          In Canada and Mexico, T-Mobile gives you 5GB of high speed 4G LTE on its ONE and Magenta plans. I’ve used it in both places without any problems. Didn’t have to pay for anything extra.

      • dejanb

        2G is good enough for minor web browsing, messaging and even voice calling on Skype/Google Hangouts/Messenger and for navigation Waze/Maps.

        If you need something more data intensive it’s painful but you have an option of getting a day (or 10 or 30) pass.

      • Deibid

        you can activate digits app on your tmobile line, use a local sim, and have two numbers on one device.

  • fromtheright

    What about the 55 plus and the iPad data plans? Are they SOL?

    • steveb944

      I think I recall that 55+ matched some other main plan. I assume ONE. Military is not listed either, and I’m sure it’s the same.

  • TheBest

    Does anyone not just get a local SIM?

    • Eric A

      I suppose not everyone’s phone is unlocked.

    • umeshunni

      Local SIMs are a hassle in some countries (you need to go to a physical store).
      I do a lot of short international trips frequently and do 2-3 day trips to each country I’m in – so it’s easier just to continue using T-Mo than to get a SIM in each country.

  • Peter

    How is the coverage? Specifically France. I’m trying to decide between this and a local SIM

    • Trevnerdio

      Check Vodafone and uhh…hm, I’m not sure who else they have there. But there’s a Wikipedia article with a list of carriers per country and the frequencies they operate on. Find the one that most closely matches T-Mobile, and that’ll probably be your best bet.

      • Peter

        I’m not asking what the local carriers’ coverage is, I’m asking which local carriers T-Mobile partners with in France. Maybe I should have made my question more clear.

        • Trevnerdio

          I know what you’re asking, I just didn’t answer it well. The hide their roaming partners pretty well. All I know is they use Telus in Canada and it rocked the whole time.

          But the frequency chart would still be your best bet. Any carrier than uses CDMA is automatically out, although GSM reigns supreme in Europe, so that doesn’t help much either lol I wish I could be of more assistance! There’s bound to be someone on r/tmobile that’s traveled to France before, try asking there!

    • Deibid

      Coverage has nothing to do with T-Mobile. it is based on the country you are in and the network you are roaming on.

      • Peter

        Coverage has everything to do with who T-Mobile partners with if I’m using a T-Mobile SIM. Maybe I should have made my question more clear. I’m interested in purchasing the new International Pass from T-Mobile. What I’m interested in finding out is which networks I’ll be able to use with that pass. In other words, which networks T-Mobile partners with in France. With that knowledge I can then determine what the coverage is.

  • Asael Ramirez

    Oh come on! Bring back the unlimited international roaming – i know this option has better profit margins and better than Verizons passes. AT&T is give or take depending how long you stay but Unlimited if you have a unlimited plan. I travel international a lot – love the unlimited option without the hassle of getting a local sim and topping up often

  • steveb944

    I think I’ll just get a second sim since my non carrier OnePlus 7 Pro supports it.
    I’ve never needed the extra speed as I do offline maps. WhatsApp calls and messages works wonders, and I’m still able to use Uber without an issue. Quick Google searches are also doable.
    People just need to learn to unplug on vacation. And if you’re on business your company needs to provide you a solution, e.g. secondary local device.

    • Deibid

      This is why I have a dual sim card phone when I travel. Not that it’s needed now, since you can use the digits app in data only mode and have your US number plus a local number even if your phone only has 1 sim slot.

      • steveb944

        I didn’t even think of using digits that way. Good to know.

        • Mintz

          Digits is good – but Text Messages (SHORT CODES) don’t work through DIGITS
          So, any of the short-code messages you receive from Banks, Microsoft or OTP, etc. won’t work…

          Rest it’s all good

        • steveb944

          Dang. No chance on sign in verifications then.
          Only good for business then.

  • Giro

    That why they don’t want enable esim for post paid on the iPhone max because they want make money of us I prefer buying a local sim is much cheaper.just enable esim on the iPhone like u promise

  • dejanb

    So they basically doubled the price of the day pass – you used to get 1GB for $5/day.

    Indeed the 10 and 30 day ones make more sense but if you are somewhere for just a day or two you get half the data you got before.

  • Deibid

    Just order a Three UK SIM online from ebay! it has 60 countries you can roam in with 12GB of data for around $25 dollars for 30 days.

  • Sam M

    I added this but i am being billed per minute @ 25c for voice calls. i don’t know why Customer support is not allowing me to take advantage of this feature. I am in the uk calling the UK and US.

  • Chris Boyd

    So a little feedback about how the T-Mobile international data pass did in my 20-day, 4-city trip to Europe. I went to London, Paris, Munich, and Sitges (Spain) right outside Barcelona. I had the $50/15GB/30-day pass.

    In London, I connected to EE. I got consistent 8-10 Mbps download speed and 3-4 Mbps upload speed. Not the fastest but it was consistently in that range at all tourist locations. Good for maps, Facebook, and pics on social media but not for video.

    In Paris, I connected to FSR. Unfortunately speeds were all over the map. Some places would be 4G & a high of about 10 Mbps download and upload of about 5 Mbps. But others dropped down to 3G and even 2G speeds under 1 Mbps download.

    Whether that was due to network load at high tourist locations in Paris or other problems – I couldn’t tell.

    Munich and Sitges were both great. In Munich, I mostly connected to your parent company Deutche Telekom and got 20-70 Mbps download and 10-30 Mbps upload.

    It was better than my hotel WiFi and I ended up using my most data there because I needed it to watch YouTube videos.

    Sitges, Spain was also great. I connected to Movistar and got 40 Mbps download and 8-10 Mbps upload. Really effective even though 20 min outside Barcelona.

    In all I used about 8 GB of data over 20 days, but about 3 GB were in Munich when 4G was better than WiFi. Was a really good value overall IMO for the $50/15GB/30-day pass. May be cheaper to to get foreign SIM, but this was pretty simple and effective for a long vacation.