T-Mobile adds free global data, text

The company is adding new features for subscribers who travel overseas or use their cell phones from the United States to communicate globally.

By TheStreet.com Staff Oct 10, 2013 9:45AM

Businessman using cell phone near busy street (© Mint Images - Tim Pannell/Photodisc/Getty Images)By Gary KrakowTheStreet.com logo


T-Mobile USA (TMUS) hosted a free concert featuring international superstar Shakira Wednesday to announce the next phase of its plan to attract more customers. Beginning later this month, T-Mobile will add free data and texting for subscribers traveling overseas as well as unlimited texting and discounted voice calls made from the United States to more than 100 countries around the world.

The company calls this latest move the third phase of its "un-carrier" program. Beginning a few months ago, T-Mobile introduced lower-cost "Simple Choice" monthly service plans as well as an overhaul of the way customers can purchase and pay for new handsets. Both ideas have forced competitors to introduce somewhat similar offerings and both ideas have potential customers taking notice.

Under the new T-Mobile plan, individual and business customers automatically receive unlimited data and texting when traveling in more than 100 "Simple Global "countries around the world. Customers also will pay a global flat rate of 20 cents a minute for voice calls when roaming in those same countries.

Until now, cellular carriers offered limited connectivity add-on plans for overseas travelers. This new plan should offer substantial savings. The last time I used my cell phone in Western Europe I racked-up a huge bill just by leaving my cell phone's data service switched on. The charge for six days of receiving emails plus a handful of voice calls was more than $2,000. After that I made sure I purchased local SIM card accounts when traveling overseas.

The company is also adding discounted calling and texting made from the United States to 70 of those countries for a flat fee of $10 a month. That includes unlimited texting , 20 cents a minute voice calls to cellular phones and unlimited calling to landlines in more than 70 countries with no extra charges.

T-Mobile is adding the new features beginning Oct. 31. 

Shakira was the real attraction at last night's outdoor gathering. She headlined there as part of her new multi-year contract with T-Mobile "to help amplify key messages and initiatives for each other and create unique T-Mobile experiences."

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Oct 10, 2013 10:21AM
Good for t-mobile for not colluding with the other wireless networks to fix and charge exorbitant prices. If wireless carriers didn't act like such douches, they wouldn't have to spend so much money retaining and acquiring new customers and then have to pass those costs onto customers. 

Wireless phone service isn't a luxury nor is it new and cutting edge, so people shouldn't be charged for it now that the wireless infrastructure is built out and the vast customer-base ensures steady and healthy revenues.

t-mobile is encouraging competition and I must give them credit. They have among the lowest cost plans for unlimited everything with some caveats. I also like the idea of people footing the bill for their new phone they seem to want every 3 months. People like me were subsidizing their new phone habits through higher monthly plan costs which help the wireless carriers pay for the phone subsidies to those customers. 
Oct 10, 2013 10:42AM
Competition is good for consumers.
If we also choose carefully where we bank we could get a better service too.

Almost 2/3 US citizens find irregularity in their credit report. This would not happen if the government would give consumers to choose two out all credit reporting agencies. We choose them for a duration of five years and if they do not improve service or keep loosing data to crooks and foreign agencies, and we dump them and get replacement credit agencies just like phone and bank or other services we get to choose.

Oct 10, 2013 12:51PM

my plan for 5 people  $50+$30+ ($10 * 3 lines)= $110 + $32 in taxes and fees so my bill runs $142/month -- this includes data


At&t = $270  Talk + $30 (family Msg.) + ($20 * 5 lines data)  = $400/mo. + taxes and fees

Sprint = $160  Talk & Text + ($20 * 5 lines data) = $260/mo. + taxes and fees

Verizon = $200 Talk & Text + $60 shared data = $260/mo. + taxes and fees


So $110  vs  $400 or $260  hummmm so glad ATT didn't buy them

Oct 10, 2013 1:10PM

See what happens Department of Justice when you stop mergers and force companies to compete for market share. Lets break it down a little, T-mobile is now spending more money on:


Advertising-which means agencies around the world are hiring more people for the t-mobile account

Media placement-more airtime, more direct mail, more online presence, which adds up to more hiring for some Mediums Cell towers-The entire supply chain of Cell Tower manufactures is producing more equipment for increased demand

Mobile devices-the addition of Apple, Samsung and more 4g and 5g equipment offerings revs up more manufacturing.

Finance-to pay for all of this T-mobile is borrowing more from Banks, Governments and Private investors and paying interest.

Accounting -firms have to track all of these new funding initiatives so more accounts are put to work.

Spending-T-mobile customers spend more on t-mobile,save more on mobile to spend on other products and services, healthcare,college tuition and books, food.


Perhaps you'll break up the big, fat and lazy AT&T- again! and when you're through with them you could move on to the Banking industry, Insurance industry,  pharmaceutical industry, Airlines,Argiculture, Advertising conglomerates and that's just a start.

Oct 10, 2013 11:15AM
just call me stupid but have had T-Mobile forever keep hoping it will get better. they claim they are getting more towers but no matter where we are we can't make calls anywhere friends all around not having a problem.  sometimes in my home and call hubby outside in yard....no service happens all the time. will change this summer with stupid contract ending and we pay $150/mo.
Oct 10, 2013 11:36AM
The only problem with T-Mobile is their network - currently problematic in my area and many areas. I use Virgin Mobile and Vonage - I have unlimited calls through Vonage to 60 countries - some the cell included and Vonage offers a mobile app to call Cell to Cell in Canada at no additional fee,included
Oct 10, 2013 11:12AM
nevermind T -mobil!! 

wait I thought the market was 'down' due to the shut 'down', and what's this...hmmm looks like the shutdown isn't 'shutting down' anything in all reality....what are the democraps gonna do now? hmmmm, well they can't blame Bush, that cards' been overplayed for 5yrs now...the sequester...no, that's been done as well, the Tea Party ah yes! no...no, too many people support them except liberal democrap pigs and rino repussycans....what will they do!!!
Oct 10, 2013 11:00AM

Why is the stock symbol "T" in the footnotes or "tag line"...When there is no mention of AT&T in the article.?

Same with Verizon (VZ)...

Oct 10, 2013 10:47AM
I don't think this is enough to save this greedy heartless company who has zero customer service.
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