T-Mobile has long been one of the top choices for international travelers to stay connected. It allows all users to receive unlimited texts and data abroad at slow, 2G speeds or pay $5 per day for 512MB of faster, 4G LTE data.
That generally puts AT&T and Verizon to shame for international offerings. But T-Mobile is now out with International Passes in 10- and 30-day stints for travelers. Here's what they look like:
- The 5GB International Pass offers up to 5GB of high-speed, 4G LTE data for 10 days, plus unlimited calling for $35
- The 15GB International Pass gets you up to 15GB of 4G LTE data for a month, and costs $50
This ability to choose between the plans that work best for the duration of your trip is a nice touch. For comparison, AT&T offers just daily and monthly international data plans at up to $60 a month. Verizon, meanwhile, charges for data use daily.
But T-Mobile is now giving users four different options to stay connected abroad – you can still go for the $5 daily rate, or keep the free international service at slow speeds. T-Mobile works in 210 countries worldwide – and data and service in Mexico and Canada are free!
To activate one of these packages, you simply need to log in to your account and activate an International Pass.
Google Fi still might be the best, dedicated phone service for travelers. Between the high-speed connectivity and straightforward pricing – with data at $10 per GB no matter what country you're in.
But the flexibility of T-Mobile's options for international travel is unbeatable. There's no question the provider is one of the best options for staying connected at home and on the road.
Depending on the length of your trip and data use, Google Fi and T-Mobile will go head to head. But for the average user, T-Mobile fits the bill perfectly.
These new International Passes settle the debate once and for all: T-Mobile puts other carriers like AT&T and Verizon to shame when it comes to keeping travelers connected across the globe.