Unlimited $ 15 International Calling and Texting feature launched in US on February 23
A few days ago, we learned from a source that T-Mobile was about to launch a new plan to allow customers in the United States to call friends or family in Mexico as part of their Simple Choice plans. It turns out that this information was only partially true. Another of our sources was put in touch with some information and corporate communications that allow us to have an overview. Or, at least, make it a lot clearer.
According to the leaked information we have received, Tmo is on the verge of revamping its current international chat and text options. Not only does the name change to “Stateside International Talk & Text,” to help distinguish between that and international roaming, but the company is also introducing a new plan at $ 15.
For $ 15, users will get unlimited calling and texting. Unlike the $ 10 and $ 7 plans, the $ 15 plan includes calls to mobile numbers in 32 countries as well as landlines in over 70 countries. On top of that, you will get 1,000 minutes to use mobile numbers in Mexico. (See where the Mexico thing comes into play now?)
For $ 15, customers will receive:
- Unlimited SMS to over 200 countries
- Unlimited calls to landlines in over 70 countries
- Unlimited calls to mobiles in 32 countries
- 1,000 minutes of call to mobiles in Mexico
Unlike the $ 7 and $ 10 offers, the US $ 15 International Talk & Text plan will be available to all Simple Choice plan subscribers, including customers without a credit check. All three plans will be available to prepaid users, provided they have purchased a plan of $ 50 or more. I have to reiterate, to make it 100% clear: this is not international roaming. These are calls from the United States to international landlines and mobile numbers.
In addition to this new plan, Simple Global Wi-Fi calling rates are changed to a flat rate of $ 0.20 per minute, with no long distance charges. As to when these new plans / offers will be available. The internal leak we got suggests that the systems will be updated to start offering it on February 23, which is in line with the information we got previously.
Currently, we don’t know which 32 countries will be included, but as soon as we hear details about that, the post will be updated. It certainly seems like a great deal for those with friends or family overseas. Racking up huge bills by calling overseas can be scary. Of course, Skype / FaceTime and other video calling services are available, but they still require a strong data connection on both sides of the call. And that’s something you can never guarantee.
What do you think of these changes? Are they welcome? Other than the fact that you can now pay $ 15 per month and call me as often as you like, will you see any benefits? (The latter was a joke. I think so.)