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NewsPoster Oct 9, 2013 07:49 PM
T-Mobile offers free international data plan, texting for travelers
<a href="" rel='nofollow'>T-Mobile</a> tonight announced that it is expanding limited-speed home data coverage for most Simple Choice customers to include more than 100 countries, at no extra charge. Starting October 31, Simple Choice individual and business customers automatically get unlimited data and texting in more than 100 Simple Global countries worldwide, and will only pay a global flat rate of 20 cents per minute for voice calls when roaming in the same countries.<br />
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The speed of the unlimited global roaming data was not discussed, but faster speeds are available with paid packages -- one-day passes (with a limit of 100MB of unthrottled Internet) is available for $15, one week with 200MB of data is $25, and two weeks and 500MB sells for $50. Once the pass expires, another may be purchased, or alternatively, the user can allow speed to drop back to the free tier of service. Users are limited to six weeks of international travel, with a minimum of six weeks spent in the US per three-month period. <br />
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Also announced at a concert venue this evening was T-Mobile USA's new Stateside International Talk & Text feature for discounted calling and texting from the US to all Simple Global countries. Customers never pay more than 20 cents a minute to any number in any Simple Global country, including mobile-to-mobile. Calls to landlines in over 70 of these countries are unlimited and included at no extra cost. Unlimited texting is also included to all countries. Stateside International Talk & Text is available to most Simple Choice customers for $10 a month.<br />
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Participating Simple Choice countries are Aland Islands, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bonaire, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Christmas Island, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Easter Island, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mexico, Moldova, Montserrat, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Svalbard, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Zambia.<br />
Inkling Oct 10, 2013 09:25 AM
What would cellular in the U.S. be without T-Mobile? Left to themselves, the three larger cellular sisters would compete mostly with advertising rather than features or cost. Only T-Mobile seems to actually think we have brains and good sense.

I discovered that yet again when I made a move that, because of coverage issues, forced me to shift from T-Mobile to AT&T. Although AT&T says little about it publicly, it has a plan that's remarkably similar to the budget-conscious prepay plan I had with T-Mobile, with the same cost and virtually identical rollover minute rules. If T-Mobile didn't exist, I doubt AT&T would offer that plan. I'd be stuck with stupid use or lose rules.

When I signed up for AT&T about a month ago, I asked the salesman why the company didn't have easy and inexpensive global roaming plans like that T-Mobile just announced. He offered a limp excuse but the real reason I knew was that T-Mobile hadn't adopted it, forcing them to go to the bother of actually thinking about what their customers might want.

Also, that list of 100 countries is a bit overwhelming. It'd help if someone would provide us with a list of countries that aren't included.
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