T-Mobile in the USA has announced it has eliminated wireless data roaming charges for its customers–worldwide. That means those who sign up for an international data plan can roam worldwide and get unlimited 2G data and texting without fear of “bill shock”.
John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile US, Inc. had this to say:
“The cost of staying connected across borders is completely crazy,”
“Today’s phones are designed to work around the world, but we’re forced to pay insanely inflated international connectivity fees to actually use them. You can’t leave the country without coming home to bill shock. So we’re making the world your network – at no extra cost.”
This means Simple Choice customers will get unlimited global data at no extra charge or roaming fees in 100 countries worldwide, which includes Canada. Calls will be billed at a flat rate of $0.20/minute:
Starting Oct. 31, these Simple Choice individual and business customers automatically get unlimited data and texting in more than 100 Simple Global countries worldwide, and they will only pay a global flat rate of 20 cents per minute for voice calls when roaming in the same countries. Eligible customers on T-Mobile’s popular Simple Choice plan won’t have to activate anything or pay an extra monthly fee.
The announcement was made tonight at New York’s Bryant Park, where international superstar and new T-Mobile collaborator Shakira held a concert event for customers. This is definitely a game changing announcement considering international data roaming has been a profitable source for wireless carriers around the globe, even if the data is on EDGE.