I made the switch from AT&T to T-Mobile a couple of years ago, and I can’t believe it took me so long.
Up until recently I couldn’t have been happier with T-Mobile. My bill was half of what I paid with AT&T, and T-Mobile offers an excellent international data plan. Prior to that, having international data was a foreign concept to me (no pun intended), so I’m sure you can imagine how exciting that was for me, given how much time I spent abroad.
Unfortunately my feelings have slowly changed about T-Mobile. This is partly because the competition has caught up, and partly because I think T-Mobile has executed a few things pretty poorly.
The company made some changes that seem like they should be positive on the surface (at least on balance):
- T-Mobile expanded their international plan from 154 countries and destinations to 210+; at the same time they increased the cost of international calls from 20 cents per minute to 25 cents per minute
- T-Mobile introduced a new $5 Global Pass plan, where for $5 per day you can get high speed data and calling abroad
My recent frustration with T-Mobile has stemmed from just how damn difficult it has been to sign up for the Global Pass plan. Based on the feedback I got from readers, I wasn’t alone in feeling that way. So that’s why I’m very excited about what T-Mobile is apparently announcing very shortly.
As reported by Phone Arena, a leaked internal memo suggests that T-Mobile will introduce a new Global Plus international data plan tomorrow, which looks incredible (though comes at a cost). The plan will cost an additional $50 per month, but will be the most comprehensive international data plan offered by just about any carrier, as it will include unlimited calling and high speed data in all Simple Global countries.
This plan would include:
- Unlimited high-speed data while roaming in a Simple Global country
- 5GB monthly high-speed, international tethering in a Simple Global country
- Unlimited free Simple Global to Simple Global calling
- Unlimited messaging
- Unlimited Stateside International Talk and Text
- All the features of the ONE Plus International add-on
While $50 is a lot of money to spend every month as an add-on, this would truly mean that your phone would work equally well just about everywhere in the world.
Now, this won’t be for everyone. If you just travel a few times per year, you’re much better off buying the day passes.
However, for those of us who travel internationally every month, paying the $50 monthly upfront and literally having a phone that works perfectly everywhere in the world (even with tethering) is a fantastic option that I’d take advantage of in a heartbeat.
I should mention that some people (including Tiffany) love Google Fi, though that’s not really iPhone compatible (unless something changed recently, so it’s not a practical option for many of us.
What do you make of T-Mobile’s rumored new Global Plus offering? Would you sign up for it?
(Tip of the hat to CF Frost)