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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