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T-Mobile CEO John Legere  (Source: rack.3.mshcdn.com)
It rolls out October 31

T-Mobile is taking this Un-carrier program to a new level with a free unlimited international offer. 

T-Mobile unveiled the third phase of its Un-carrier plan yesterday (called Un-carrier 3.0), saying that it will now offer a free unlimited international text and data plan. This plan is an extension of the home data coverage for most Simple Choice customers, and it will include over 100 countries at no extra fees.

"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."

Simple Choice customers will get unlimited data and texting in more than 100 Simple Global countries around the globe, and will pay a flat rate of 20 cents per minute for voice calls in these countries. No need for activation or anything; it comes automatically for those on the Simple Choice plan. 

Legere used AT&T to demonstrate the amount customers will save with T-Mobile over AT&T. According to Legere, if a customer uses 72MB of data, makes 32 one-minute calls back home, and sends 36 text messages a day on AT&T without an international plan, the cost would be $1,150 in Canada and $1,500 in Europe. With T-Mobile's new plan, it would be $6.40.

While these are significant savings, don't expect quick speeds -- T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert said the average speed customers would get abroad is 128 kilobits a second.

However, this is T-Mobile's chance to rake in some extra cash. It will offer "speed packs," which boost international speeds to that of T-Mobile's HSPA+ networks. Customers can pay $15 for one day of high-speed data up to 100MB; $20 for one week at 200MB, and $50 for two weeks and 500MB. 

T-Mobile also added that trips abroad can only last six weeks.

The new international offering will take effect starting October 31. 

T-Mobile also introduced a $10 Stateside International Talk and Text plan for U.S. customers calling other countries. The plan includes calls for 20 cents (or less, depending on the country) and free unlimited calls to landlines in 70 of those Simple Global countries.

T-Mobile has been pushing aggressive deals all year, starting with the eliminated contracts for reduced cell phone plans in March and an early phone upgrade program in July. 

Source: T-Mobile



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Nice
By retrospooty on 10/10/2013 1:02:34 PM , Rating: 5
T-Mobile is the closest we have in the USA to a true "dumbpipe". It would be great if they all get there. Just give us cell coverage and bandwidth, keep your lousy apps, restrictions and requirements.




RE: Nice
By inperfectdarkness on 10/11/2013 7:20:45 AM , Rating: 3
Agreed. In the USA, it didn't bother me as much. Living in Benelux, it's a nightmare of biblical proportions. Even without crossing borders, I can inadvertently roam across to another tower. Why the holy heck there isn't an "All of Europe" phone plan still boggles my mind.


Just upgrade to the Family plan
By Nutzo on 10/10/2013 5:44:11 PM , Rating: 2
I just upgraded my individual t-mobile plan to a family plan with 3 lines. Cost went from $70 to $90 per month to add 2 additional lines (total of 3 lines).

Unlimited voice, unlimited text, and 500MB 4G data, unlimited 2G speed after that.

I have WiFi at home and work, and so I rarely hit 500MB/month on my phone, so the 500MB is all I need. If decided I need more or hot-spot support, I can upgrade to 2GB + hot spot for just $10 more/month.

$90 for 3 line is an amazing deal.




RE: Just upgrade to the Family plan
By Reclaimer77 on 10/10/2013 7:47:57 PM , Rating: 2
And this week, at least in my area, ALL phones are zero down no contract.

Argh!! I desperately want to put me and my girlfriend on a T-Mobile family plan, but Verizon literally wants my blood and my firstborn child for the early termination fee :(

Maybe I'm being impulsive though lol. But my friend just walked into T Mobile the other day and walked out with a Note 3, has NO contract, and can upgrade twice a year, AND wifi calling AND it's less than what he was paying. Envy is working on my willpower hardcore hehe.

And yeah, the LTE coverage isn't quite as good as Verizon. But you know what? For all that you get, and the price you pay, it's damned good enough!


By Reclaimer77 on 10/10/2013 8:03:03 PM , Rating: 1
Oh I left out the tethering too.

Goddamnit!!!! :(


RE: Just upgrade to the Family plan
By Nutzo on 10/11/2013 11:44:52 AM , Rating: 2
I was only 15 months into my old 2 year plan, but T-Mobile waved the $100 migration fee. Only up front cost was a couple sim's for $20.

I bought a couple Nexus 4's (16GB) through the Google Play store on sale for $250 each, which was a much better deal than the $400 that T-Mobile wanted. That's only about $10/month per phone if you compare to buying a subsidized phone on a 2 year contract.


By othercents on 10/10/2013 3:05:32 PM , Rating: 3
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T-Mobile also introduced a $10 Stateside International Talk and Text plan for U.S. customers calling other countries. The plan includes calls for 20 cents (or less, depending on the country) and free unlimited calls to landlines in 70 of those Simple Global countries.


I have had International Talk and Text for $10 a month for the last 2 years now. This was one of the reasons I switched to T-Mobile.




So simple ... but so difficult.
By drycrust3 on 10/10/2013 6:34:32 PM , Rating: 2
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Simple Choice customers will get unlimited data and texting in more than 100 Simple Global countries around the globe, and will pay a flat rate of 20 cents per minute for voice calls in these countries.

One of the problems facing any mobile phone company when a customer wants to make a phone call across an international border is the rules of international telecommunications state, or at least used to, that 50% of the price a person is charged has to be shared between the sending country and the receiving country.
Now add to this that you have a person using a phone registered in one country wanting to use it in another country, and you can see how billing can easily end up as a nightmare.
The fact that this is probably well overdue for a change is beside the point, the fact is T-mobile would have had to negotiate with at least one phone company in every one of the 100 countries to get this deal.
My guess is that this, if it was done using normal telecommunications protocols and trunking, and without calls transiting the internet, is a really big deal. There are many phone companies all around the world that would be wanting this sort of deal for their customers.




By M Prushothma Rao on 10/12/2013 5:17:43 AM , Rating: 2
This is a bold step that will probably set a new rates-slashing trend on roaming charges. We expect to see a lot of Operators from different geographical areas form partnerships that enables their subscribers to use the local network without incurring ridiculous roaming charges. There are also solutions in store that enable the roaming subscribers to receive instantaneous alerts on the prevailing local rates as soon as they arrive at their destinations. We expect with these developments, bill shocks on travel to reduce significantly. policychargingcontrol.com




Really?
By km9v on 10/10/13, Rating: -1
"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis














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