I made the switch from AT&T to T-Mobile back in June, and couldn’t be happier about it. I pay less than half as much as I did before, and I get unlimited international data, can finally tether my phone (I had one of those grandfathered unlimited plans with AT&T that didn’t allow it), and get an hour of free Gogo wifi on every eligible flight.
On top of these published perks, T-Mobile often has limited time promotions to delight customers. In the decade I was with AT&T, I don’t remember them ever doing a single thing to go above and beyond. For example, over the summer T-Mobile offered unlimited high speed 4G LTE data in Europe for their Simple Choice plan customers, rather than the standard 2G speeds.
Well, T-Mobile has just announced an “Endless Summer” promotion, as T-Mobile Simple Choice plan customers will get free 4G LTE speeds in Europe and South America for the rest of 2016. T-Mobile customers will automatically receive 4G LTE speeds in the following countries:
Armenia, Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom
South American Destinations:
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Easter Island, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela
I’m headed to several of those countries between now and the end of the year, so color me very excited about this announcement, as I’ll be taking advantage of this.
By the way, I just have to mention how much I love John Legere, T-Mobile’s CEO. Following him on Twitter always cracks me up, as do his quotes in press releases. He almost sounds a bit like Donald Trump in terms of what he says (though he hasn’t gone as far as adding “Crooked Verizon” or “Lyin’ AT&T” to his vocabulary), though in fairness I tend to think there’s substance behind what he says. For example, here’s what he said regarding this promotion through the end of the year:
“THIS is what sets the Un-carrier apart. The carriers are always trying to take more from you. The Un-carrier is always trying to give more to you,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “I’ve always thought roaming limits were nuts. So when we found a way to expand our free summer data offer, I said ‘Hell yeah!’”
I know some people don’t like T-Mobile because of their usual 2G speeds internationally. Personally I’m still very happy with my plan. Getting free international data is awesome, and 2G speeds are good enough for email, Twitter, Instagram, Google Maps, etc., which are the main things I want to use my phone for when roaming the streets internationally. That being said, I certainly won’t complain about 4G speeds either. 😉
(Tip of the hat to @relidtm)