In T-Mobile’s third (and presumably final) phase of its UNcarrier initiative, the carrier has announced new “unlimited” international data plans, including text messaging, in over 100 countries. Additionally, voice minutes in these countries will be $0.20 – drastically lower than the old roaming rates, and those offered by Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T.
The roaming feature will be included automatically in all Simple Choice plans starting October 31. Existing customers will have this feature added to their accounts automatically. “Unlimited” is in quotes, because there is sure to be some kind of speed restriction or throttling.
Furthermore, T-Mobile has announced a new Stateside International Talk & Text feature, which expands its existing international calling and texting feature to all 100 “Simple Global” countries. With this $10 feature added to your account, you’ll be able to place unlimited calls to landline numbers in these countries, and pay only $0.20 to cell phones. Again, this is a much better rate than what is currently offered, since the number of countries has expanded and per minute charges will never exceed $0.20.
Finally, T-Mobile has announced that its LTE network now covers 233 metro areas and over 202 million people. T-Mobile has thus reached its end of year goal almost three months ahead of schedule, and it’s still working to roll out LTE to even more places. T-Mobile also plans to deploy 10+10MHz LTE in 90 percent of the top 25 metro areas by the end of the year, and 20+20MHz LTE in 2014 and beyond.[TmoNews: 1, 2]