T-Mobile is my go-to carrier since the day they came to America in 2001. As a frequent international traveler, T-Mobile has been nothing short of revolutionary in changing the way I use my mobile phone abroad.
I’m in Europe this week with a colleague who has Verizon. While he was fumbling to change SIM cards yesterday, I didn’t have to do anything. My phone works everywhere in Europe and text messages and data (Edge/2G) speeds are complimentary. (Note – Verizon has international plans, but they are quite pricey).
That’s not enough to stream videos, but is more than enough to stay on top of email, news, and social media (even Instagram) throughout the day.
My colleague turned on the phone and even though he had turned off auto-updates, something downloaded in the background and within minutes his 50EUR card was fully expired.
T-Mobile Wi-Fi = Free Calls
While calls in Europe or the 100 affected zones are 20 cents/minute, all you need is a wi-if signal to unlock unlimited free calling as if you’re in the USA.
This has fundamentally changed the way I travel. I use Skype very rarely to make calls now…opting for T-Mobile instead. I never switch out SIM cards.
It’s not all fun and games. Customer service can be annoying and the coverage absolutely is inferior to Verizon in the USA. But that’s a trade off I am willing to accept.
100 Countries, Only 11 Without T-Mobile Service!
You can view the full list of countries supported here, but let me just showcase where T-Mobile has worked and where it has not over the last few years.
I just looked back at the last 100 countries I have visited (which I will not list here) and found only 11 that were not covered under T-Mobile’s international plan:
That’s a strong to testament to how much value I’ve derived from this plan. 89% is a great score.
To be fair, I’ll note that South Africa was a hole for month in 2014 despite listed coverage.
It’s one thing to market worldwide service. It’s quite another to actually deliver it. On the whole, T-Mobile has proven itself over the years. Yesterday reminded me of that.
Note – this is NOT a sponsored T-Mobile post…the whole SIM card exchange yesterday just prompted it.