For several years now, T-Mobile has offered the most generous international mobile plan on the market. But in early June 2019, the carrier expanded its international options for its customers. Now we have have even more freedom to talk, text, and tweet when we travel internationally. Here’s the scoop.
What’s the deal with the new T-Mobile international plans and add-ons?
Through its standard ONE (recently revamped and rebranded Magenta) and ONE Plus (recently revamped and rebranded Magenta Plus) plans the carrier already offers free—yes, free—data and text messages in more than 210 countries and destinations. This freebie also applies to older Simple Choice, New Classic, and Select Choice Plans.
This has been more than enough to name the carrier our top choice for international travelers for several years. However, many customers have complained about the slow data speeds while traveling. (Free data are offered at speeds up to 128kbps, which makes even social media a task.) They’ve also complained about pricey call rates between $0.20 and $0.25 per minute.
In response, T-Mobile has begun offering high-speed data passes and unlimited calling passes to augment its free text and data features. On June 5, 2019, the carrier launched two new passes. There’s now a 5GB International Pass for $35. This pass includes 5GB of high-speed data to be used up to 10 days, plus unlimited calling. Those traveling longer may want to consider the 15GB International Pass for $50. It includes 15GB of high-speed data to be used up to 30 days, plus unlimited calling. These passes are in addition to the International Day Pass, which for $5/day gives customers 512MB of high-speed data and unlimited calling.
How do I sign-up for T-Mobile’s new add-ons?
Best of all, there’s no need to decide or commit before traveling. Customers can add the passes upon arrival. Just turn your phone on, turn Roaming on, and then Cellular Data on. Once connected to a roaming partner, a text message will arrive from T-Mobile welcoming you to your international destination. It will inform you of your free data and text messaging. You can then go to the T-Mobile app and add a pass if you want to amp up the speed and chat on the phone.
Love it or hate it, there’s nary a reason for that “Out of Office” email or absence from social media in the far pockets of the world. Thanks, T-Mobile, or shall we say K.I.T-Mobile.