by Joe White
October 10, 2013
Global data consumption is changing. On the other side of the Atlantic, the European Commission (EC) is planning on abolishing roaming charges altogether in the European Union's member countries. Here, in the United States, T-Mobile is now advertising global data in more than 100 different nations, which will be available to customers "at no extra charge," the carrier notes. Following rumors online, T-Mobile - the so-called "uncarrier" - confirmed that global data is set to launch on Oct. 31. Coverage is said to be offered in more than 100 different countries (detailed below), and customers require a "qualifying postpaid Simple Choice plan," T-Mobile's website explains. Though details online are sparse, Engadget has more information after attending T-Mobile's special event in New York City:
The new global data offering will go into effect starting October 31st, and T-Mobile says customers with qualifying plans won't need to sign up or pay a fee to access basic service. Legere declined to detail free speeds, but we'd expect 2G performance -- enough to use text-based apps like Twitter and email, but insufficient for media consumption. Power users can boost speeds with any of three paid passes: one day and 100MB for $15, one week and 200MB for $25 or two weeks and 500MB for $50. Once your plan runs out, you can buy another, or revert to free service.But that's not all. Engadget adds: "the carrier is offering a new Stateside International Talk and Text plan that lets Simple Choice customers call or text participating countries for no more than 20 cents a minute. (Calls to landlines will be free to over 70 of those countries.)" This plan will cost $10 per month, the carrier explained. Check out T-Mobile's introductory video, in which the carrier outlines its plan further: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGbvrohpuNk#t=128
If you can't see the above video, please click this link.Below, we've included a list of the 100+ participating countries. As mentioned, T-Mobile's global Simple Choice Plans are set to launch on Oct. 31. For more information, head over to the uncarrier's website.
Aland Islands, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bonaire, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Christmas Island, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Easter Island, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mexico, Moldova, Montserrat, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Svalbard, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Zambia.See also: Zynga Updates Action Shooter Respawnables With New Halloween-Themed Content, Apple To Launch Its In-Store iPhone Trade-In Program Overseas In Britain, Europe, and Prepare For Some Adolescent Angst: Teens Have Arrived In The Sims FreePlay.