T-Mobile adds high-speed data to international plan - Mobile World Live

T-Mobile adds high-speed data to international plan

18 JUL 2018

T-Mobile US added more than 70 countries to a list of locations covered under its international roaming plan and introduced a new option for high-speed data access abroad.

The operator said it now covers a total of more than 210 roaming destinations, offering a $0.25 per minute flat calling rate along with unlimited texts and 2G data. Customers who want an LTE boost can pay an extra $5 per day for 512MB of high-speed data and unlimited calling.

T-Mobile’s move put pressure on AT&T and Verizon, which cover significantly fewer destinations (more than 100 and 130, respectively) and have a $10 per day coverage cost.

William Ho, principal telecom consultant at 556 Ventures, told Mobile World Live T-Mobile’s move addresses the concerns of cost-conscious consumers and could also make it a more attractive option for enterprise accounts requiring global travel.

However, he noted data, rather than coverage, could end up being a key differentiator.

While T-Mobile and Verizon both offer up to 512MB of high-speed data per day, AT&T offers customers the same data threshold that they have on their domestic plan. Ho explained this means AT&T customers travelling internationally could get a whole lot more data for the $10 price.

“Both T-Mobile and Verizon show 512MB as a threshold, but we know that the operators are moving their sub base to unlimited. So while abroad, those subscribers don’t get the true value of their home plans.”

T-Mobile said coverage in the 70 new countries will be activated starting 22 July, and the high-speed data passes will be available from 1 August.


Diana Goovaerts

Diana is Mobile World Live's US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only...

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