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T-Mobile (in the USA) has decided to shake things up a bit and see if they can get any new customers, by announcing a new plan which gives users free unlimited Internet data plans, while overseas.

Apparently, if you are on a “Simple Choice” plan, you can now browse the Internet on your mobile device while abroad, free of charge. And there is no need to sign up, wait in long phone queues, or do any time consuming form filling. The feature will just start automatically for all eligible users from October 31st, which will scrap the previous staggering fees of $10-$15 per MB, while the user was outside the USA.

Dealing with roaming charges, or switching your Internet connection off completely while out of the country, is annoying. Many people instead find wifi spots, which can be rather spotty and expensive, and if you’re waiting for an important email to come through, you end up spending most of your trip sitting in Starbucks. So, people who often find themselves in that situation will most probably appreciate T-Mobile’s latest deal.

But don’t expect it to have supersonic speeds. It will probably just be fast enough to check your email and your Facebook feed. If you plan to stream Hollywood movies from Netflix, you are probably going to have to pay extra.

The countries where this plan applies are as follows:


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 & 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, Zambia

They have even included Easter Island and Christmas Island! But where’s Mongolia when you need it?

Have you tried this new roaming data plan? What was it like?

Techcrunch | Image Credit: Schwenke’s T-Mobile via Flickr

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  1. TobiH8
    October 12, 2013 at 9:08 am

    And here in Germany we have to pay now for more than 75GB at home and our mobile contracts only include 512MB or 1GB. What a pity!

    • Mark O
      October 12, 2013 at 10:57 am

      TobiH8 - I live in Germany too. Where can you get a contract for 75GB?

      I am with O2 and I get 1GB per month. But the other day, they offered my wife 2GB per month. They didn't offer it to me, which slightly hacked me off a bit!! But we mostly use our wi-fi anyway, so I never go over my 1GB limit.