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T-Mobile Adds Free Canada and Mexico Calling and Roaming to Simple Choice Prepaid Plans

This morning T-Mobile USA announced its latest "un-carrier" move, Mobile Without Borders. Beginning July 15, customers on postpaid and prepaid Simple Choice plans will be able to call and message Canadian and Mexican numbers at no extra cost. Roaming in Canada and Mexico will also be free, including data roaming with high speed data and Music Freedom unlimited audio streaming.

The catch, if you can call it a catch, is that Mobile Without Borders is only available to prepaid customers on the older Simple Choice plans, not the newer, less expensive and heavily promoted Simply Prepaid plans or the popular $30/month 100 minutes, unlimited messaging 5 GB prepaid plan.

There four Simple Choice Prepaid plans all of which include unlimited talk, messaging and data as well as Mobile Without Borders. The four plans differ in the amount of unthrottled, high speed data they include; 1 GB on the $50 plan, 3 GB on the $60 plan, 5 GB on the $70 plan and unlimited, unthrottled data on the $80 plan.

T-Mobile seems to be trying to keep the existence of the Simple Choice Prepaid Plans a secret. You'll be hard pressed to find them on T-Mobile's Website. Fortunately, they do show up when activating a new T-Mobile prepaid line of service online or for current customers, when changing plans on the My T-Mobile online account management site.

Starting July 15, new Simple Choice customers will automatically get Mexico & Canada included in their plan at no extra charge. Current Simple Choice customers need to opt-in online, by phone, or in-store.

In announcing Mobile Without Borders, T-Mobile CEO John Legere made a point of dissing AT&T saying;

"After spending billions buying up Mexican telecoms, AT&T’s CEO is promising ‘the first seamless network covering Mexico and the U.S.,’ something ‘unique’ that ‘nobody else will be able to do for the consumer.’ So much for that. They won’t be the first. And they won’t offer Canada for free,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “We’ve done this the Un-carrier way − reaching across borders, partnering with leading providers offering the best LTE networks, creating a simple solution right now − then not charging a penny more for it.”
Mobile Without Borders is a great feature, especially for anyone traveling to Mexico or Canada. Simply Prepaid customers can easily switch to a Simple Choice plan for before leaving on a trip to either country and then switch back to their lower priced plan on there return to the US. It's also a convenient alternative to buying a Mexican or Canadian SIM for temporary use while visiting either country and a great choice for international visitors whose travel plans include Mexico and/or Canada as well as the US. If you need a T-Mobile Prepaid SIM, they are on sale on the T-Mobile site for $2 with code SIMDEAL. The regular price is $15 and today July 9, 2015 is the last day of the sale.

Source: T-Mobile Press Release

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  1. And people wonder why I call the $30/month 100 minutes, unlimited text, and 5 GB LTE (with 100 MB for courtesy tethering) the SECRET PLAN.

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    1. Yes, we all are all wondering why you call what Dennis describes as the "popular" $30/month plan the SECRET PLAN. If it's so popular, it's not much of a secret.

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    2. SD , you crack me up, at least your consistent!

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    3. SDLOCK, always needlin' 'em with the SECRET PLAN!

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    4. "SDLock each month spends 30 dollars...
      "100 min, plus text, 5 gig" he hollers!
      With every post he makes
      Another chance he takes
      Odds are that he'll tell us again tomorrow...

      Secret T-Mobile Plan
      Secret T-Mobile Plan
      You've ported them your number and you've given them your name."..

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    5. OK Anon @ 1:24 ... You apologize to Johnny Rivers (P.F. Sloan, Steve Barri, et al) RIGHT NOW!

      Haha

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    6. it's so secret that it's popular? doesn't seem too secret if it's popular. maybe it's only a secret because sdlock doesn't want it to be so popular.

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    7. yeah, that's it. sdlock doesn't want it to be so popular, so he hasn't told anyone about it. Shhhhhhh.

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  2. T-Mobile also said that its Data Stash service will be available in Canada and Mexico later this year.
    T-Mobile said it now covers 290 million POPs with LTE in the United States; they still pledge to cover 300 million POPs with LTE by the end of this year. T-Mobile added that it now covers 185 markets with its Wideband LTE service, and 189 markets with its 700 MHz spectrum.

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  3. How is T-mobile planning to make any money if they keep on making uncarrier moves like this one. Is great if you are a consumer but horrible if you are a shareholder.

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    1. You are wrong. T-Mobile is the only carrier taking net customers from the other major carriers. Here are the porting ratios in Q2 with the other major carriers: Verizon, 1.5:1. AT&T, 1.9:1. Sprint, 2.5:1. Every new customer is profitable. They are investing the extra money back into the network, which attracts even more customers.
      With all those extra customers and better network utilization, T-Mobile scales up the business and leverages that to get better deals on devices and network equipment. The 2Q results beat analyst expectations and the stock price jumped 2.7%.
      If you were an actual investor, you would be pleased.

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  4. Unfortunately, T-Mobile business customers only get it free on the first ten lines. After that it's a dollar per line per month. I wonder if resellers of business lines like Harbor and Mobal Freedom will participate?

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    1. Why wouldn't they? They offer T-Mobile business plans with all included features, like Music Freedom, International Roaming and Data Stash.

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    2. Harbor Mobile? The web site is broken, full of 404's and an under-construction message that says it will be down at least another week. Very fly-by-night and unprofessional.

      Say what you will about Kitty's web site: at least they keep it running.

      When they were up, I remember their data roaming to be pretty bad: limited amount and mostly 2G.

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  5. I can't even find any reference to which prepaid plans even include tethering, especially as a new customer, the only place I can find tethering mentioned is if I log into my account and click "change plans or services" then it only mentions tethering but not if it includes your entire allotment. for instance it shows two $50 plans, one including 1gb and one including 3gb, one mentions tethering and one doesn't. Zach

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    1. Your sure give up easily. I found this in 30 seconds on the T-Mobile Prepaid website: http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-plans

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    2. Where does it reference tethering?

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    3. Did you even visit the page and look? Do a Ctrl-F and search for the word "tether", and you will find

      "Where indicated, full speeds available up to data allotment, inlcuding tethering; then slowed to up to 2G speeds for balance of service period"

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    4. Where indicated. Except it doesn't.

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    5. Click the link labeled "Compare our monthly prepaid plans" to launch a JavaScript popup which shows "Smartphone Mobile HotSpot Use your device as a Wi-Fi hotspot" as a feature of all Simply Prepaid and Simple Mobile prepaid plans.

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    6. They make it hard to find because it's a SECRET PLAN! Regular plans don't require the average user to use CTRL + F or comb through fine prints. My point has AGAIN been substantiated.

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    7. SD: The Ctrl-F was to find language about tether, not to find the entire plan itself!
      You've mixed up two sub-threads. The part about tether yes/no (from Zach) has nothing to do with regular vs secret plans.

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    8. sdlock, give it up dude. tethering is not secret. and that tmo $30 plan is no secret except in your mind. the tmo $30 plan is so popular (dennis even said so in this article) that it is no secret. hey, the NSA doesn't care about it. it is NO secret.

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  6. It sounds like T-Mobile's expanded their potential customer base to the entirety of North America.

    One carrier to bridge the countries and through telecommunications connect them all.

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    1. Geographic Pedant here: No, it doesn't sound like this at all. This would expand their base to most of North America. The three largest nations, but not all. That leaves 7 nations not covered. This doesn't even included the island nations to the southeast, which many include with North America because they are so close.

      click here

      Unless T-Mobile is actually covering the nations of mainland Central America (a region within North America) and I missed it.

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  7. AT&T and its Cricket brand to to man up and start offering the same thing or they will lose customers left and right. They like cheap service and good network access.

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    1. It would be a hit if they did. T-Mobile coverage is very spotty in the more Hispanic states of the Southwest, the people more likely to call Mexico and roam there. AT&T (and Cricket) are a lot more solid in this region of the US.

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    2. AT&T is already losing 1.9 customers to T-Mobile for every customer they gain from them. Cricket has finally gotten back up to the number of customers (~5M) they had when AT&T announced they were buying them, 2 years ago, for $1.2 Billion. AT&T mis-managed the transition, branding, marketing and channel selection.
      At any other company, the President of Cricket would have been fired. Why did they keep Jennifer van Buskirk, former AIO President? She botched both jobs. Maybe she and her boss are very close.

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    3. I love Cricket, and wouldn't touch anything T-Mobile offers until/if T-Mobile coverage is as good as Cricket (because getting a signal from my carrier DOES matter to me)

      But yes, keeping the old Cricket name and its huge bad reputation was a big mistake.

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    4. Yes, this Cricketeer is waiting. With family in Mexico and Canada, I'm tempted to jump ship.

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  8. T-Mobile already has 50% more prepaid subscribers than AT&T, and 166% more prepaid customers than Verizon. These changes will widen those gaps even further.

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    1. Unless Cricket wakes up and matches this. Then we will be back to Cricket having better data value on the middle-to-high end, and hugely better coverage. Which would result in a loss of T-Mobile customers to Cricket if Cricket were marketed right.

      Verizon, I think, doesn't care and won't care.

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  9. The mobal freedom plan was stopped a while ago.
    Also, why don't all you anonymous folks just put in a name.. /rant
    harbor mobile has the simple choice plan but they are redoing something on their site now..

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  10. It will be very cool if and when this finally makes it to MetroPCS.

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  11. The GREAT news is that the more T-MOBILE aggressively promotes these innovative moves, the more the other BIG 3, their subsidiaries, and their affiliated MVNOs are forced to improve their plans...

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  12. Yes Cricket and Boost need to match T-mobile or lose customers. Someone need to come out with a plan that is 25 dollars for unlimated talk, text and 1gb date at 4g lte speed then i will jump ship.

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    1. Well, currently the CLOSEST one with 4 out of 5 of your requirements would be the $30 UNLIMITED EVERYTHING Plan with PTEL... And the great POSITIVE is that it is BYOD GSM which means you have a plethora of phones to choose from ( UNLIKE Verizon & Sprint with their CDMA phones)...

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    2. PTel has bad coverage though.

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  13. T-Mobile:Good Read http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/media-kits/simple-choice-family-10gb.htm

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  14. Picked up a sim from TMobile for my iPad Air. Registered for the 200mb per month free for life Data Plan. It works amazingly even on the beach in Mexico with over 10mb download speeds.
    SWEET!

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