T-Mobile International Data vs. the Competition: Rates Compared

  Data Cost Voice Calling Cost
AT&T $30 per 120MB / $120 per 800MB (Global Add-on Package) $30 / month for $2.00 per minute (Rest of World Plan)
Sprint $40 per 40MB / $80 per 85MB (Multi-country Data Roaming) $4.99 / month for $0.99 – $5.99 per minute (Sprint Worldwide Voice Plan)

$60 per month for 2.5GB (Simple Choice Plan)

Speed Pass: $15 for 100MB or 1 day, $25 for 200MB or 1 week, $50 for 500MB or 2 weeks

$0.20 per minute flat rate (Simple Choice Plan)
Verizon  $25 per 100MB (Global Data)  $3.99 / month for $0.06 per minute (International Long Distance Value Plan)

T-Mobile has announced the third phase of its Un-carrier initiative, which is no extra charge for international data and text. From the looks of it, this move will help T-Mobile’s customers traveling abroad save some serious cash. But just how much will your wallet thank you compared to the likes of AT&T, Sprint and Verizon?

Under T-Mobile’s new plan, you’ll pay no extra fees for using data overseas. That means whatever data you consume will come out cot you your usual $60 for 2.5GB of data or $70 for unlimited data. If you’re looking for high-speed data, though, you’ll have to fork over $15 for 100MB or 1 day of data. Need more? You can also pay $25 for 200MB or 1 week of data or $50 for 500MB or 2 weeks of data.

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Currently, under AT&T’s Global Add-on Package plan, users can expect to pay an additional $30 per 120MB of data or $120 per 800MB. Go over your data limit and you’ll be charged and $30 per 120MB

Sprint charges $40 for 40MB of data or $80 for 85MB of data under its Multi-country Data Roaming plan. If you’re on Verizon, you can expect to pay as much as $25 for 100MB of data under the carrier’s Global Data Feature. If you don’t sign up for the plan, you’ll pay $20.48 per MB.

Even when you add in the cost of T-Mobile’s Speed Pass plans for higher-speed data, you’ll wind up paying half as much on T-Mobile versus AT&T for nearly the same amount of data (100MB vs 120MB). And if you pay $25 per month on T-Mobile for 200 MB, you’ll get nearly twice as much data versus AT&T for $5 less. 

We’d like to know how fast normal data speeds are under T-Mobile’s plans without the Speed Pass option, but any way you slice it the carrier’s new international offering looks like a pretty good deal.

Daniel P. Howley
Daniel P. Howley
A newspaper man at heart, Dan Howley wrote for Greater Media Newspapers before joining Laptopmag.com. He also served as a news editor with ALM Media’s Law Technology News, and he holds a B.A. in English from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
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  1. BC Says:

    The table at the beginning of this article is ridiculously inaccurate. AT&T does not charge $30/a month for $2.00/min. calling. And the quoted $.06/min. Verizon international voice rate is the long distance charge when calling _from_ the US. Pretty sloppy work.

  2. Jim Ryan Says:

    The comparison between carriers is incomplete– the T-Mobile box shows the base plan rate (which includes international text and data), where the other carriers only show their international plan costs and not the base plan costs.

  3. Logan Says:

    You compared Verizon’s International Long Distance and not International Roaming. Their International Roaming plan is $4.99 a month, and per minute is $.89 or even more.

  4. Kim M. Says:

    Just go to any Orange store as soon as you arrive and they’ll hook you up with a micro-sim for your iPhone and 4GB/1 month of data & voice and the tab will be less than $100. I travel to France all the time and this works perfectly.

  5. j baute Says:

    just to know more, on the senior citizen kind of help.

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