T-Mobile has had a habit for disruption in 2013. In their first act, T-Mobile USA got rid of the traditional contract and instead separated the plan and phone into separate payments. For their second trick, they introduced Jump!, a twice a year upgrade plan that the competitors quickly put their spin on. For their presumptive 2013 grand finale at their Uncarrier 3.0 event, they’re offering what might be their most appealing option: free worldwide roaming. Yes, you read that right.
According to T-Mobile, we take 55 million trips outside the states and when we return, our bill might cost as much as the trip itself. Starting on October 31, T-Mobile is rolling out Simple Choice International. Users of T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plans will receive free 2G data and texting in 100 countries including Canada, most of the EU, Japan, China, Australia, and New Zealand. Phone calls are 20¢ per minute. For another $10 a month, you’ll receive the same benefits within the states to international numbers. With 70 of these countries, calls to landlines are free.
T-Mobile also announced that their LTE has been deployed in 223 Metros serving 200 million people with 10+10mhz bandwidth in the top 25 metros by the end of the year. Next year, they will up that to 20+20. According to the company, the Nationwide LTE rollout is 3 months ahead of schedule. Typical LTE speeds are in the 6-20mbps range.
So, are you impressed by T-Mobile’s latest attempts to rock the boat? For those who travel a lot, is this something that will be of benefit over the current plans? If you are a current T-Mobile customer, have you experienced faster speeds in the LTE rollout? Leave a comment below or on our social media pages.