& cplSiteName &
SlideshowBills Don't Lie: T-Mobile Drops International Roaming Charges
Dan Jones
10/10/2013
50%
50%

NEW YORK -- T-Mobile is dropping international data charges and moving to flat rates for calling across most of its global roaming network for many of its customers.

The carrier unveiled its latest transformation at its glitzy "Uncarrier 3.0" event in Bryant Park, New York on Wednesday evening. It lit the park magenta and brought in hundreds of customers for a free show featuring Swizz Beatz and Shakira. The Colombian pop star has signed a "multi-year partnership" deal with T-Mobile US Inc. .

Click on the image below for pictures of the event:

 

Guess Where We Were Last Night?
Bryant Park, NYC, Wednesday night -- what could be happening?
Bryant Park, NYC, Wednesday night -- what could be happening?

The carrier is dropping data roaming charges for US customers traveling overseas, offering unlimited data and text in 115 countries worldwide from October 31 for users that buy a $10 "simple choice" package. Customers already on the Simple Choice plan "won’t have to activate anything or pay an extra monthly fee," the company says.

At present, roaming costs can run into hundreds of dollars for US users that travel overseas even for a few days, leading to many trying to use WiFi connections or switch to a local SIM card in their phone to try and save money.

Under the plan, T-Mobile says it will "never charge more than 20 cents a minute" for calls made from countries in the roaming network. Calls to those countries from the US will also run the user 20 cents a minute.

"We're removing another pain point for our customers," T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray told Light Reading, talking about the latest plan updates. He said that the operator hopes to further grow its customer base through the latest move.

The other three major wireless operators have reacted to T-Mobile's evolving strategy -- such as the Jump device upgrade plan -- with their own variants on the plans. Ray, however, says he isn't exactly sure how AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Wireless will react this time. Roaming charges are a healthy chunk of change for many operators.

"There's a lot more at stake for them," he notes.

Berge Ayvazian, senior consultant at Heavy Reading tends to agree.

"Once again T-Mobile USA is disrupting the mobile industry with this third round of Uncarrier initiatives... expanding flat-rate voice calls, unlimited data and texting coverage to 100-plus countries worldwide," he notes. "This will keep AT&T and Verizon Wireless looking over their shoulders as they try to keep pace with innovation."

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

(36)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Page 1 / 4   >   >>
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
10/23/2013 | 9:17:13 PM
Re: Going Live?
People with the "Simple Plan" plan for tablets will also get international roaming included as per the latest update, Wednesday Oct. 23rd.
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
10/17/2013 | 2:29:25 PM
Going Live?
T-Mobile US has just texted users to say "unlimited data is now global" ahead of originally stated October 31 date.
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
10/15/2013 | 11:22:21 AM
Re: Roaming
Uh-huh, they've been reclaiming/re-using the Metro spectrum pretty quickly too.
MordyK
50%
50%
MordyK,
User Rank: Light Sabre
10/15/2013 | 11:02:47 AM
Re: Roaming
Speaking about TMo's coverage. In makrets where MetroPCS has networks, the post-merger integration ought to drastically improve the overall network coverage due to the increased density of cells. This was my experience in past mergers such as AT&T+Cingular.
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
10/15/2013 | 10:37:42 AM
Re: Roaming
Yep!
MordyK
50%
50%
MordyK,
User Rank: Light Sabre
10/14/2013 | 8:29:24 PM
Re: Roaming
If you don't have an issue with their network coverage in the states there's little differentiation in the roaming service, seeing how all carriers pretty much roam on the same networks.
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
10/14/2013 | 2:33:29 PM
Re: Roaming
Yeah, from my convo w/ Neville Ray, they expect that adding new customers will offset monies lost on current int. calls through T-Mobile. That is the hope anyway.
MordyK
50%
50%
MordyK,
User Rank: Light Sabre
10/11/2013 | 10:06:36 PM
Re: Roaming
With few exceotions $0.20 usually exceeds the wholesale rates carriers pay to connect mobile calls.
MordyK
50%
50%
MordyK,
User Rank: Light Sabre
10/11/2013 | 10:05:01 PM
Re: Roaming
True! but remember that for now this is meant to keep you connected but not remove the entire travel roaming issue. customers can get email,SMS and voice with limited basic app usage, while bandwidth heavy services such as video can be delayed and offloaded to a hotel or other form of Wi-Fi.
MordyK
50%
50%
MordyK,
User Rank: Light Sabre
10/11/2013 | 9:59:27 PM
Re: I like this move...
They may have to respond if they begin seeing corporate accounts demanding reduced roaming or T-Mobile begins picking off some of these valuable contracts, which will both have a significant effect on subscriber count and profits.
Page 1 / 4   >   >>
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
From The Founder
Cisco's Conrad Clemson, recently promoted to head up the company's Service Provider Apps & Platforms developments, talks to Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about how he's bringing cloud video, mobile and virtualization together to empower network operators.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Turkcell Challenges Turkey's Current TV Market

3|29|17   |     |   (0) comments


Baris Zavaroglu, TV and rntertainment business director of Turkcell, explains Turkcell's strategy in elevating the small and uncertain TV market in Turkey.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Altibox’s Infrastructure Synergy Strategy Reduces Deployment Costs

3|29|17   |     |   (0) comments


Thomas Skjelbred, CEO of Altibox, on how to improve efficiency and reduce deployment coast through infrastructure synergy in Norway.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Ismail Butun on the Changing Role of Turkcell

3|29|17   |     |   (0) comments


Ismail Butun, chief marketing officer of Turkcell, explains the importance of video and mobile services for the future of the company.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
IDC's Emir Halilovic on Trends of Cloudification

3|29|17   |     |   (0) comments


Emir Halilovic of IDC CEMA discusses the future and direction of cloudification. Also, the all-cloud approach taken by Huawei and others in the industry.
LRTV Custom TV
How Intel Is Powering the 5G Era

3|29|17   |     |   (0) comments


Light Reading tours a series of 5G "super demos" so see how Intel envisions the 5G-connected future. We take a look at a prototype connected BMW, a light pole with environmental sensors that provides 5G wireless to a smart home and a fully untethered virtual reality experience.
LRTV Custom TV
Source Photonics CEO Doug Wright Talks About the Future of Source Photonics

3|29|17   |     |   (0) comments


Source Photonics' CEO, Doug Wright, talks to Light Reading about how the company is continuously investing in its operations to meet not only its customers' current technology demands but also to deliver their next-generation technology needs.
LRTV Custom TV
Live Demo: DevOps in Service Chains & 5G Network Slices PoC

3|29|17   |     |   (0) comments


Executives from PoC collaborating companies – Patrick Waldemar, VP and Head of Technology at Telenor Research, John Healy, VP of the Datacenter Network Solutions Group at Intel, Vincent Spinelli, SVP of Global Sales and Marketing at RIFT.io, Mats Eriksson, CEO and co-founder of Arctos Labs, and Mats Nordlund, CEO and co-founder of Netrounds – review ...
LRTV Documentaries
The Year of Fat & Skinny Bundles

3|29|17   |   21:06   |   (0) comments


In this fireside chat, Roku's Andrew Ferrone predicts that 2017 will be the year of multichannel OTT video bundles and spells out other trends in the OTT and pay-TV markets.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
BBWF 2016: Orange Poland's Next-Gen Central Office

3|28|17   |     |   (0) comments


Introduction to Orange Poland's legacy next-generation central office solution.
LRTV Custom TV
Viavi at OFC 2017

3|28|17   |   4:15   |   (0) comments


Light Reading's Editor-in-Chief Craig Matsumoto reports from the Viavi booth at OFC and gets an update on the 400G testing market from Tom Fawcett, VP and GM of LAB & Production. At this year's event, Viavi won three awards from Lightwave magazine and showcased an interoperability demo with Ethernet Alliance and Finisar.
LRTV Custom TV
Connecting the Entire Home With DOCSIS 3.1

3|28|17   |   3:58:   |   (0) comments


Hitron Technologies had the first cable modem certified for DOCSIS 3.1 and already has over 120,000 units in the field. Greg Fisher, CTO of Hitron, provides an update on his company's rollout of new gateways and why he thinks DOCSIS 3.1 will continue to drive value for operators into 2017 and beyond.
LRTV Interviews
Amazon Prime's Hand of God Creator on Producing for OTT

3|28|17   |     |   (1) comment


Ben Watkins is the creator, writer and producer of Hand of God, a series on Amazon Prime. At Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen conference in Denver, he explained the advantages of producing for an OTT platform versus traditional TV.
Upcoming Live Events
May 15-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
May 15, 2017, Austin Convention Center - Austin, TX
June 6, 2017, The Joule Hotel, Dallas, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
FTTH No Slam Dunk for Cable
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 3/23/2017
Unlocking China's $194B Telecom Market
Robert Clark, 3/27/2017
Ericsson Tightens Focus, Warns of $1.7B Q1 Hit
Iain Morris, News Editor, 3/28/2017
Welcome to the Wild West of Privacy
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 3/24/2017
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
TEOCO Founder and CEO Atul Jain talks to Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the challenges around cost control and service monetization in the mobile and IoT sectors.
At MWC 2017, Qualcomm's CTO Matt Grob talks to Light Reading's CEO and Founder Steve Saunders about the progress being made in the development of the technologies and standards that will underpin 5G.
Animals with Phones
Working From Home Doesn't Work for Everyone Click Here
You shouldn't nap on your keyboard, for instance.
Live Digital Audio

Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.