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T-Mobile Tourist Plan Perfect for Travelers to Use for Only $30

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Every traveler knows how risky it is to use their smartphone device while they are abroad. Particularly if they use data on their phone, they'd go home to expensive international roaming charges they have incurred during their trip. Thankfully, T-Mobile has found a way to help those who are traveling to the US.

Earlier today, T-Mobile announced that they have added a new plan available for tourists while they are on their vacation in the country. Called the T-Mobile Tourist Plan, it will allow anyone to use their unlocked smartphone and enjoy a 3-week all-in plan for only $30. This plan includes the following:
  • Unlimited data (first 2GB at 4G LTE speeds)
  • Unlimited domestic (US) and international texting to over 140 countries
  • 1,000 minutes of talk time within the US
  • Free SIM card, no activation fee
The T-Mobile Tourist Plan will start being offered by June 12th. True to its name, the plan only caters to tourists in the US as it is non-renewable and automatically expires after three weeks of activation. It also doesn't include phone calls made outside the country. If you know someone visiting soon, it may be a good time to check out this new Tourist Plan from any T-Mobile store or website to learn more about it.



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  1. They now have the $25 plan for unlimited calling and text, but no data. I know others have it, but I wish T-mobile would offer a $25-$30 plan with unlimited calling and texts and a small amount of data just so we could use a smartphone. As it is now, if we want unlimited calling and any data the minimum is the $40 plan. Don't even need 2GBs.

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    1. Lyca, Red Pocket, Ultra and Univision all offer what you said you want for $19-20/month.

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  2. I read elsewhere that this plan does not include the Binge On zero-rating or Music Freedom. The "Walmart" plan at least includes MF.

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    1. That's correct. But it includes 200 MB of domestic data roaming that the Walmart plan doesn't.

      The Tourist plan is available at any T-Mobile store for a flat $30 with no SIM charge or activation fee. There's usually a T-Mobile store within walking distance of the downtown hotels where short term international visitors tend to stay and Walmarts are nowhere to be found.

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    2. It's good that those are not included. Binge on and music freedom mean that the company is censoring and throttling data it does not like. It's best not to have those.

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    3. Off topic here I guess, but I'm on the Wal-Mart plan again (returned to it a couple months ago after some time on Cricket). I expected MF to be included, as I could've sworn it was the previous time I had the plan. It's not. I do have Binge On though, so it's fine, but still not sure why there's so much difference in the same plan. Looking around, I've seen a few others say they have BO, and not MF, but most seem to have MF or neither from what I've seen.

      Of the two, I'm glad to have Binge On more than MF since I can still stream all the music I want anyway (Youtube), along with the video.

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    4. Dennis, do you think it would be possible to stretch this 2GB plan to 2.2GB by manually latching on to the AT&T network and using up the 200MB?

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    5. No for two reasons
      1) I'm 99% positive that roaming data counts against the 2 GB high speed data cap.
      2) T-Mobile will only roam in markets where it has a roaming agreement and it only has roaming agreements in markets where there is no T-Mobile coverage whatsoever.

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    6. "the company is censoring" Right. Anybody with an IQ above room temp can turn off the censorship [sic] in less than 30 seconds, for free. Watch all the porn you want.

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  3. Metro pcs offers unlimited talk text and 1gb of high speed data then throttled data for $30 a month.
    It's t-mobile owned so that works.

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  4. I always buy the h2o cheap on Amazon or eBay for $10

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    1. That's not very practical for short term visitors to the US.

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  5. Wouldn't something with GoPhone be much better? Gophone has twice as much coverage is T-Mobile. So the tourists would actually be able to use their phones a lot more in the United States.

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    1. No, not at all. GoPhone is much more expensive. And GoPhone no longer has twice as much coverage, especially since T-Mobile is providing voice and data roaming with this plan.

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    2. 1) "GoPhone is much more expensive."

      Let's see. Gophone has a $45 plan with 3 GB of data, and unlimited talk and text. 1GB more of data, and unlimited minutes (more than TMO's 1000). T-Mobile's plan is $30 for 3 weeks. Do the math: that calculates to $40 for 4 weeks: only slightly less than the $45 Gophone monthly price... and Gophone gives you a lot more data and voice minutes for only a little more in payment.

      2) " T-Mobile is providing voice and data roaming with this plan."

      T-Mobile is providing roaming for just one-tenth of the high-speed data provided in this plan. That means that 90% of the data can ONLY be used on the much smaller T-Mobile network. The Gophone plan gives you a 50% more data that you can use in most of the US: 200% more territory.

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      At this point, it is clear that Gophone is providing a better deal overall (huge difference in talk minutes and coverage, and 50% more data). But there is a difference: this T-Mobile plan contains international calling out. For Gophone, you have to pay from $5 to $15 to get anything international.

      Then it starts to even out. The end result is that international Gophone costs as much as twice as much, but it is also giving you a lot more as well.

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    3. Your comparison is based on a tourist staying a full month. Most don't, so they waste $15 with Gophone.
      There is no way that the gophone network gives 200% more data coverage. At&t' network covers an extra 275,000 sq mi. Sounds like a lot, but it's only about 9% of the land area of the lower 48 states.
      T-Mobile found a good niche and the Tourist plan should be popular.

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  6. The Tourist Plan includes hotspot, too.

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  7. This is great for tourists. We can all argue about what might be a better deal. But, this is easy for international tourists. Pay the $30 at a nearby retail store (no need to order in advance or figure out how to get to a Walmart out in the boonies), pop into phone and you're in business. Also looks like store other than Tmobile will carry this, website says "You can purchase the Tourist Plan at any T-Mobile retail store, as well as some dealers that offer T-Mobile prepaid services". Walgreens already carries Tmobile SIMs, phones, and topup - would be great if they sold these SIMs there, Walgreens is everywhere.

    I suppose the downside would be for those tourists who want to go to national parks - Tmobile is not so great in the rural areas - try driving from San Francisco to LA. And very few if any tourists are going to have Band 12 capable phones.

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  8. just for 3 weeks?. Why didnt they give for 1 month?

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