April 21, 2017
Sprint Rolling Out New International Data Plans
Sprint just made international travel a whole lot easier. The carrier announced a host of changes to its international plans this week, putting it a step ahead of industry leader T-Mobile. Customers will now receive free 2G data, free texting, and voice calling at $0.20 per minute in 165 countries, compared to 145 countries for T-Mobile.
Sprint Chief Marketing Officer Roger Solé said “Sprint customers don’t have to worry about signing up for a plan before they travel or coming home to unexpected charges. Sprint customers automatically have access to great international services when traveling abroad.” What’s particularly interesting here is that customers don’t have to sign up for the international service or call Sprint ahead of time, it’s always on their monthly plans for free. I know that with AT&T, you still have to call or use the website to add a travel plan to your account.
Customers will also be able to purchase LTE data directly from their phones while abroad. LTE in Canada & Mexico will cost $2 per day or $10 per week while most other destinations will cost $5 per day or $25 per week.
This is great news from the US wireless industry. We’ve seen international rates slowly coming down over the years thanks to competition from T-Mobile, which has been offering free 2G internet abroad for years now. I actually just switched from AT&T to Google Fi to avoid paying AT&T’s ridiculous international data rates. What’s your favorite cell carrier to use while traveling abroad?
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