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Effective August 1st, 2018 :OPTIONAL high speed data roaming for international (non Canada/Mexico) has changed to be $5 USD per day for up to 512MB of high speed data per day. This also includes unlimited inbound and outbound calls avoiding the 25c a min call charge. You can add this via 611 or this link: https://my.t-mobile.com/odf/DataPass:ALL - It is labeled as "24 Hour Global Pass". If that link doesn't works go to "Manage Data & Add Ons" in plan settings at http://my.t-mobile.com . A pass covers ANY countries in the given validity period - NOT just one country. So if you travel within multiple countries in the 24 hour period you get a max of 512MB of high speed data and unlimited calling across ALL countries prior to pass expiration. This is OPTIONAL and is not required, free 128Kb/sec or 256Kb/sec speeds are provided for users who don't pay for this extra data pack.

Effective July 15th, 2018: Calling rates for inbound and outbound calls were raised to 25c a min from the prior 20c a min when roaming internationally. You can buy a per Intl High Speed day pass for 512MB of high speed data that also includes calling at no cost during the validity of the pass.


Effective Feb 17, 2017: T-Mobile has bumped up speeds to 256Kb/sec for T-Mobile One users - this was FREE for a promotional period and required you to edit the lines with this plan to add the free or higher tier paid "T-Mobile One Plus" line item. The free line item is "T-Mobile One Plus promo" which will allow that line to be 256kb/sec and will also give 10GB of LTE North America hotspot tethering - The change can be done at my.t-mobile.com under plan for T-Mobile One customers or through 611. With the promotional period ended you can add the base $5 T-Mobile One Plus item to get 256Kb/sec

SUMMARY: T-Mobile USA on Simple Choice or newer plans (such as Select Choice) or T-Mobile One that list "Free International Roaming included" allow for free data and SMS in 210+ countries. Data and SMS is FREE; voice calls; inbound or outbound to any of the 210+ countries while roaming are 25 cents a min. Free data is NOT offered on T-Mobile essentials users outside of Canada/Mexico while SMS and 25c a min calls are still offered.

Canada and Mexico include FREE high speed roaming (HSPA or LTE full speed) as long as you are on the Simple Choice North America plan or a T-Mobile One plan. A monthly cap of 5GB for International High speed data in Canada and Mexico is now present - data will slow to lower speeds with no overage charges. Users on T-Mobile One Plus International are exempt from this 5GB cap.

You must be on a Postpaid plan, Prepay is NOT eligible nor is MetroPCS

NOTE: Devices with fully FREE data (e.g. 200MB free for tablets) and not on an additional plan are NOT eligible - switch those devices to a supported plan PRIOR to travel or you will be charged per MB fees.

WARNING: Highly suggest going to: https://my.t-mobile.com/profile.html (or login to my.t-mobile.com select profile), go to blocking and ensure "Block charge international roaming" is set to ON - keep "Ensure Block International Roaming" is set to OFF otherwise roaming will not work even in free data countries. This will ensure in countries where you are close to another country border that may NOT be part of free data roaming you will never be charged for data by ending up roaming on the adjacent country network if your phone is set to Automatic on networks.

WARNING FOR HIGH SPEED ADD ON $5 DATA PASS: Ensure you know your end date/time and heed the SMS warnings sent. You will be liable for 25c a min per call inbound or outbound if the pass expires and you do not activate another pass. Ensure you purchase another daily pass before making phone calls. As of Early August 2018, there was no method to purchase multiple days in a row.


T-Mobile FAQ:
http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-9455

Checklist for Roaming - follow this prior to leaving!:
http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-2182

Performance:
Speeds are throttled to 128Kb/sec on all supported plans, except for T-Mobile One Plus Add on (includes the Promo Feb 2017 T-Mobile One update with free One Plus Promo) which is 256Kb/sec. Connecting to the best network type possible will ensure you hitting these speeds limits (e.g. LTE). Performance is subject to the roaming carrier networks condition (is it congested or not) and how good the back-haul from the roaming carrier back to T-Mobile is. Reminder that T-Mobile Essentials users will have NO access to free data.

Filtering:
Your connection is terminated back to the US, so anything that works on T-Mobile US will continue to work. Example: China filters social media and Google services, using these services through your T-Mobile line won't experience this networking filtering. Local services in the country you are in MAY identify you as being in the US - any services that do IP geolocation will see that you are in the US.

Optional High Speed On Demand Data Passes with unlimited calling
If you want performance that is beyond the 128Kb/sec (or 256Kb/sec on T-Mobile One Plus Add ons) then a PAID optional high speed data pass removes the throttling performance limit. Effective Aug 2018 this pass is a $5 PER day for 512MB of high speed data (per day) and unlimited calling to allowed countries, waiving the 25c per min charge for inbound or outbound calls. To add, go to: https://my.t-mobile.com/odf/DataPass:ALL and add the "24 Hour Global Pass". If that link doesn't work add at http://my-t-mobile.com under Plan, "Manage Data & Add Ons" More information: http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-7261 NOTE: As of Early August 2018 you can only purchase one day at a time, so be cautious on expiration (Notified via SMS) to add another day pass to avoid getting charged 25c per phone call. A pass covers ANY countries in the given validity period - NOT just one country. So if you travel within multiple countries in the 24 hour period you get a max of 512MB of high speed data and unlimited calling across ALL countries prior to pass expiration.

Country search:
https://www.t-mobile.com/coverage/roaming

Country List at time of July 2018 update:
https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-37944

NOTE: there is no T-Mobile provided list of specific network roaming partners; you can call 611 and ask for a roaming specialist/tech and they can tell you per country roaming partners - we are attempting to capture working or problematic networks in this Wiki below also

Need Support while traveling? Read the hints below FIRST; then if support is needed call direct intl support for T-Mobile USA: +1-505-998-3793 [FREE CALL WHILE ROAMING] or if you cannot get Voice access use Skype or another service to dial.


Hints

#1 HINT: You MUST have Data roaming turned on - You will only see foreign networks on the network list - you will NOT see T-Mobile. Manually pick the networks from the list further below if you don't automatically connect.

- You do NOT have to pay for a high speed data package. 128Kb/sec (or 256Kb/sec on T-Mobile One Plus Add on) FREE throttled data is inclusive on all eligible postpaid plans

- High speed un-throttled data is also FREE for Canada and Mexico if you are on a Simple Choice North America plan or a T-Mobile One plan for up to 5GB of data per month (T-Mobile One Plus Intl users are not subject to the 5GB cap) . If you are not on these specific plans but on a legacy Simple Choice plan you will get standard 128Kb/sec FREE.

- For paid high speed packages, You can schedule WHEN optional high speed paid packages start (immediate or a time/date you set).

- On some accounts, High speed on demand data passes will will not be listed on my.t-mobile.com - under plans, "Manage Data & Add Ons". You can also contact customer care at 611 to add a data pass.

- If you purchase a package on phone or hotspot and are about to expire you can purchase ANOTHER one if you want and even though it will say "starts when your existing package date ends" it will IMMEDIATE activate it when you run out of data. Example You pay for 200Mb for one week and will eat into 200Mb, you can buy a package ANYTIME and it will future date it as being effective ONLY when the existing package date ends. HOWEVER once the existing package data amount is used up it will IMMEDIATE activate the paid pending package.

- On Demand Mifi WILL not roam at ALL if no package has ever been provisioned. Use the free data on your smartphone (or use another device with WiFi) and log into http://my.t-mobile.com Once logged in go to https://my-tmobile.com/Plan/Plans.as...vid=changeplan View plan for hotspot and and change plan, under Data Tab when viewing change plan add a package; once you confirm and submit (ENSURE before you submit you are adding to correct line!) you will get a confirmation. It was about 5 mins and then hotspot was able to connect to network.

- On demand Mifi WILL STOP working at end of time period NOT at end of data usage. So if you pick 500MB package which is 2 weeks expiration, it will actually STOP full speed at 500MB and revert to a 64Kb/sec speed till expiration; this ONLY applies to packages purchased on on demand hotspots. If you purchase a package for a smartphone you will revert to standard 128kb/sec

- Hotspots with On Demand will lose network access at end of paid period even if it reverted to lower hotspot only speed of 64kb/sec. So top up before you lose network.

- Legacy data match for tablets or hotspots (no longer offered but still allowed for current users) support 128Kb/sec on tablets and hotspots. If your data match plan details show match with North America added in the description then you get high speed in Canada and Mexico that uses your data match limit (up to 5GB) - after than you revert to 128Kb/sec. T-Mobile One Tablet will provide 128Kb/sec by default, if a T-Mobile One Plus add on is on that Tablet line (Including the free Feb 2017 One Plus Promo) speeds will be 256Kb/sec

- You can check current usage on any paid packages my viewing on the T-Mobile Application for Android or iOS or going to My T-Mobile website and filtering data usage on the line for International Data Roaming.

- When using a T-Mobile supported international data roaming plan on an iOS device internationally (in a nation on the 'free' list), you need to turn on Data Roaming on the iPhone/iPad Settings.

Troubleshooting

- If finding no networks when in new country, go to Airplane Mode - then back off Airplane mode and try again. If this fails to work FULLY power off phone and power back on. You may need to do a manual scan of networks on your device and pick one of the KNOWN networks below in the country list.

- If still not connecting to a network do ONE more phone reboot and attempt again.

- If you do connect to a network but are failing to get data, dial in your phone dialer #RON# (or try #ROF# FIRST then try #RON#). #RON# will turn intl roaming data on, #ROF# will turn it off. Sometimes cycling will cause a network to work.

- If connected to a network for Voice/SMS but still not getting data, set phone to Airplane mode ; wait till device is actually in airplane mode (15 sec or so); then take device off Airplane mode.

- If failing to get GSM/Voice/SMS services but you have data and phone shows "Emergency Calls Only" but data is working suggestion is to switch phone to 2G and connect to a network where you get data and voice/SMS. Once connected to that network switch phone back to 3G/Auto or LTE (or similar setting) and this may correct the issue. (Your mileage may vary)

- Try to change your APN to fast.t-mobile.com per the following guide, as an alternate you can try a temporary switch to epc.t-mobile.com - more details for APN change further below

- If none of these work, dial TMO Intl support +1-505-998-3793 (from another phone or Skype) and ask for "International Roaming Support" (make sure that is who they connect you to by asking the agent if they can help on a roaming support issue) - have them check your account is properly setup and eligible for International Roaming.

To set the Access Point Name (APN) and turn on data settings, follow these steps:

Note: These settings are automatically set to the correct values with the Carrier Update when a T-Mobile SIM is inserted.
  1. From the main menu, tap Settings
  2. Tap Cellular.
  3. Check that Cellular Data is turned on.
  4. Tap Cellular Data Network.
    Important: If this setting does not appear on the device, the device is not unlocked. Refer customer to previous carrier.
  5. Enter the following information under the Cellular Data section:
    APN: fast.t-mobile.com
    Username: <Leave Blank>
    Password: <Leave Blank>
  6. Enter the following information under the LTE Setup (Optional) section:
    APN: <Leave Blank>
    Username: <Leave Blank>
    Password: <Leave Blank>
  7. Enter the following information under the MMS section:
    APN: fast.t-mobile.com
    Username: <Leave Blank>
    Password: <Leave Blank>
    MMSC: http://mms.msg.eng.t-mobile.com/mms/wapenc
    MMS Proxy: <Leave Blank>
    MMS Max Message Size: 1048576
    MMS UA Prof URL: http://www.apple.com/mms/uaprof.rdf
  8. Enter the following information under the Personal Hotspot section:
    APN: pcweb.tmobile.com
    Username: <Leave Blank>
    Password: <Leave Blank>
  9. Press the Home button to save the APN and exit to the main screen.
  10. Turn the device off and back on.

Countries with reported working networks supporting data
You can call support # below to ask for other networks. PLEASE share which networks works so we can always keep the Wiki up to date. Leave any comments with performance/quality to the "Problem Carriers section"

NOTE: If you have issues connecting turn off "Enable LTE" or LTE and do 3G/HSPA(4G) only. If you are still having issues to get data but can get voice dial Intl support +1-505-998-3793 (FREE CALL while roaming). If you cannot get any service, use another phone or Skype to dial this number.

Africa
Egypt: Vodafone, Elitsalat, Mobinil
Mauritius: EMTEL
South Africa: MTN, Vodacom, Telkom

Americas
Argentina: Movistar, Claro
Aruba: Digicel (May display as 363 02)
Bahamas: BTC
Barbados: Digicel
Bermuda: Digicel
Brazil: Tim, Vivo
Canada: Bell, Rogers (Some Provinces only), Telus, Freedom Mobile (former WIND), Videotron [HIGH SPEED INCLUDED ON SIMPLE CHOICE NORTH AMERICA]
Cayman Islands: Digicel
Chile: Movistar
Colombia: Telefonica Mobiles Colombia, Movistar
Costa Rica: Movistar, Claro
Dominican Republic: Claro, Orange, Viva
Ecuador: Claro, Movistar
El Salvador: Digicel, Movistar
Guatemala: Movistar
Honduras: Tigo
Jamaica: Digicel, Lime
Mťxico: Movistar, Telcel [HIGH SPEED INCLUDED ON SIMPLE CHOICE NORTH AMERICA]
Martinique: Digicel
Nicaragua: Mobinil, Movistar
Panama: Claro, Digicel
Perķ: Movistar
St Kitts and Nevis: Digicel
St Lucia: Digicel
Sint Maarten (NL): Chippie (UTS)
Saint Martin (FR): Digicel
Turks and Caicos: Digicel
US Virgin Islands: Innovative (counts toward domestic roaming allowance)
Venezuela: Movistar

Asia Pacific
Australia: Telstra, Vodafone AU, OPTUS
Cambodia: CamGSM, Cellcard, Smart
China: China Mobile, China Unicom
Guam: Guam Telecom (Guam is considered outside the U.S. by T-Mobile)
Hong Kong: Smartone, Three
India: Airtel (Most Metro areas/regions), Vodafone
Indonesia (Bali): Indosat, Telkomsel
Japan: DOCOMO, Softbank
Macau: CTM, Three, Smartone
Malaysia: MAXIS
New Zealand: Vodafone, Spark NZ (no 2G), 2Degrees
Pakistan: Pak Telecom Mobile Limited (Ufone), Pakistan Mobile Company Limited (PMCL) (aka Mobilink), Telenor Pakistan, Warid Telecom
Philippines: Globe, SMART
Singapore: Starhub
South Korea: SKT, KT, Olleh
Sri Lanka: Mobitel
Taiwan: Taiwan Mobile
Thailand: AIS, DTAC
Vietnam: Viettel

Europe
Austria: Three, A1, T-Mobile Austria
Belgium: Orange (Mobistar), Proximus
Bulgaria: Telenor BG LTE is primary, saw A1 on 2g and Mtel on LTE very briefly
Czech Republic: Radiomobile/T-Mobile CZ, Vodafone CZ, O2
Denmark: 3 DK, Telenor DK
Faroe Islands: Foroya Tele
Finland: Elisa
France: Bouygues, Free, Orange, SFR
Germany: T-Mobile DE/Telekom.de, EPLUS
Greece: Cosmote
Hungary: T-Mobile
Iceland: Nova (LTE, better in cities), Siminn (3G only, better for rural)
Ireland: Vodafone, Three, Meteor
Italy: TIM, Wind, Vodafone IT
Luxembourg: Tango
Netherlands: KPN, T-Mobile, Vodafone
Norway: Telenor
Poland: T-Mobile
Portugal: MEO, NOS
Romania: Orange, Telekom, Vodafone
Russia: MTS Global
Spain: Movistar, Vodafone ES, Orange
Sweden: 3 SE
Switzerland: Orange, Swisscom
Turkey: Vodafone
UK: EE, Three, Vodafone
Ukraine: KYIVSTAR, MTS

Middle East/Near East
Bahrain: Viva / Batelco
Israel: Partner
Kuwait: Zain
Qatar: Ooredoo
UAE: Etisalat, du

LTE verified carriers:
MUST have a device supporting global LTE bands
- Argentina: Movistar
- Australia: Telstra (requires Band 3 / Band 28 device), OPTUS (5G)
- Bahamas: BTC
- Bahrain: Batelco
- Belgium: Proximus
- Canada: Bell, Rogers, Telus
- Chile: Movistar
- China: China Mobile (TD-LTE in some regions needs appropriate device or in some regions as LTE Band 3), China Unicom
- Colombia: Movistar
- Costa Rica: Movistar
- France: Orange, SFR
- Germany: T-Mobile DE/Telekom.de
- Guatemala: Movistar
- Hong Kong: Smartone
- Ireland: Vodafone
- Italy: TIM
- Japan: Docomo, Softbank
- Luxembourg: Tango
- Malaysia: MAXIS
- Mexico: Movistar
- Netherlands: T-Mobile NL, Vodafone
- Norway: Telenor
- Sinagapore: Starhub
- Sint Maarten (NL): Chippie (UTS)
- Spain: Orange
- Taiwan: Taiwan Mobile
- Thailand: AIS, DTAC
- UAE: du
- UK: EE, Vodafone (see footnote - NOT everywhere)

Problem carriers and LTE support notes
(Do not list carriers where you cannot get basic voice service)
- Argentina: Movistar (reports of poor performance), Claro (seemed much better, but difficult to gain initial connect/registration)
- Bermuda: Reports of getting UMTS (non HSPA 3G) only
- Canada: Wind performance seems better than other Canadian carriers (Your mileage may vary)
- China: China Mobile is 2G only unless you have a device supporting TD-SCDMA (3G) or TD-LTE Band 39/40/41. China Unicom roaming returned in April 2017
- Faroe Islands: Vodafone (Voice/SMS only, NO data service)
- Germany: Vodafone Germany (Voice/SMS only, NO data service in some regions)
- Hong Kong: Smartone, had to switch to 2G get access to network THEN switched phone back to 3G/Automatic if had problems getting access to network. Three: Reports of no longer working and only Smartone working
- Mauritius: Reports of issues connecting to Emtel sometimes - YMMV
- New Zealand: 2Degrees (limited coverage w/ reports of not working at all)
- Singapore: M1, SMS MAY require manually entering M1's SMSC +6596845999 if SMS doesn't work
- South Korea: SKT may require LTE to be disabled or conneciton may not be authenticated. Olleh/KT require multiple attempts to connect to network.
- UK: EE LTE roaming returned 1/21/17 - Reports of Vodafone LTE roaming in select parts of the UK only (not happening everywhere seems to be coverage challenged areas of EE only)
- Vietnam: Viettel
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Old Oct 13, 21, 10:41 am
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Originally Posted by mhdena View Post
Have you had a chance to use Airalo out of the country yet? Is it comparable to Fi out of the country? I've added a T-Mobile $15 Connect Prepaid e-Sim to my iPhone 12PM with my Fi Flexible.

As I don't use much data now even two of these Connect plans (same priority as Postpaid) would be cheaper than Fi plus one Connect plan.
I discovered airalo after the pandemic began so I've not been able to test it out (except domestically).
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Old Oct 13, 21, 1:48 pm
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Noticed Interesting Discrepancy

I haven't been outside of the US much since early 2020, but I have taken two trips, one to Aruba in May 2021 and one to the UK in September 2021. I noticed that for the bill in May that there wasn't any indication of roaming even though I definitely did roam on local networks in Aruba. Mrs. Majuki's line does show the line items of Service: Web Access with Origin: San Francisco (Aruba) and Type: R. For the same dates mine shows "Mobile Internet" even though we roamed the same dates. I did not have a data pass, and any data pass will show something like Service: International Roaming Data Passes, Origin: San Francisco (China (China Mobile)), and Type: R. We both received the welcome text upon arrival.

I was in the UK by myself, and I got the expected line items showing roaming: Service: Web Access, Origin: United Kingdom, and Type: R.

Does anyone have an idea what caused the discrepancy?
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Old May 26, 22, 11:36 am
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How is the 256K roaming nowadays? My family are going to Italy this summer and was thinking we should just all upgrade to the 256K for the month since (from web searching), it is good enough for maps, texts, emails and basic non-bandwidth hogging activities. I think it'll largely be form maps and contacting each other via iMessage. 128K just sounds too slow (not that 256K is that much better). I wish T-Mo would up included to 256K and say 512K as the add on.

I used the highest roaming data plan before from T-Mobile and it worked quite well in the UK pre-pandemic.

5G appears to have improved T-Mobile. The mid-band signal can be quite fast but also can be like LTE speeds. Of course, I live in a dead spot for T-Mobile mid-band UC coverage. I have dreadful LTE service inside even with an iPhone 13 Pro.

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Old May 26, 22, 11:46 am
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Originally Posted by CApreppie View Post
How is the 256K roaming nowadays? My family are going to Italy this summer and was thinking we should just all upgrade to the 256K for the month since (from web searching), it is good enough for maps, texts, emails and basic non-bandwidth hogging activities. I think it'll largely be form maps and contacting each other via iMessage. 128K just sounds too slow (not that 256K is that much better). I wish T-Mo would up included to 256K and say 512K as the add on.

I used the highest roaming data plan before from T-Mobile and it worked quite well in the UK pre-pandemic.

5G appears to have improved T-Mobile. The mid-band signal can be quite fast but also can be like LTE speeds. Of course, I live in a dead spot for T-Mobile mid-band UC coverage. I have dreadful LTE service inside.
Not sure what you mean by "upgrade" to 256K for a month - do you mean changing your plan? I have the 256K with my plan, it works for some things - e.g. WhatsApp calls, but still seems slow. You basically have to be a patient person.

Assuming you have an eSIM capable phone, I think it's just better to get a data eSIM. It would be data only, but there are lots of VOIP options for making or receiving calls. In fact, if you only make calls occasionally, you can make those for 25 cents per minute using your T-mobile line.

Everyone seems happy with Airalo as an eSIM provider, and they have some reasonable rates for Italy: https://www.airalo.com/italy-esim
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Old May 26, 22, 11:55 am
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Or you can move your T-Mo service to the eSIM and buy a local SIM, which I typically find easier, but that could be dated info since I haven't traveled internationally a lot recently.
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Old May 26, 22, 12:04 pm
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Originally Posted by CApreppie View Post
How is the 256K roaming nowadays? My family are going to Italy this summer and was thinking we should just all upgrade to the 256K for the month since (from web searching), it is good enough for maps, texts, emails and basic non-bandwidth hogging activities. I think it'll largely be form maps and contacting each other via iMessage. 128K just sounds too slow (not that 256K is that much better). I wish T-Mo would up included to 256K and say 512K as the add on.

I used the highest roaming data plan before from T-Mobile and it worked quite well in the UK pre-pandemic.

5G appears to have improved T-Mobile. The mid-band signal can be quite fast but also can be like LTE speeds. Of course, I live in a dead spot for T-Mobile mid-band UC coverage. I have dreadful LTE service inside even with an iPhone 13 Pro.
I travel many parts of the world and I use the basic data plan thatís included which is 128K. Iíve never had an issue with Maps, WhatsApp, Skype, iMessages, email, texting etc. the only thing is loading webpages it takes a moment or two and if you have very wide band at your home office youíre gonna have to relax a little bit and wait a few seconds for the pages to load completely. Other than that I think youíre going to have the same issue with the pages loading at 256K. Just my experience. Iím not a big browser of webpages when I travel I typically do that when Iím on Wi-Fi. But in a pinch if youíre on the street and youíre looking for a restaurant or a museum or something the browsing will work just fine albeit with a little patience. Iíve used T-Mobile both in Rome and Naples and the cities in between and the service was very good
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Old May 26, 22, 1:16 pm
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I travel many parts of the world and I use the basic data plan thatís included which is 128K. Iíve never had an issue with Maps, WhatsApp, iMessages, email, texting etc.
I agree that it's sufficient for lightweight use. If you're going to be relying on anything more substantial like heavy web browsing or uploading to social media then I'd echo the suggestions here to get a local SIM card or an Airalo eSIM.
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Old May 26, 22, 1:47 pm
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I agree that it's sufficient for lightweight use. If you're going to be relying on anything more substantial like heavy web browsing or uploading to social media then I'd echo the suggestions here to get a local SIM card or an Airalo eSIM.
Originally Posted by Flying Machine View Post
I travel many parts of the world and I use the basic data plan thatís included which is 128K. Iíve never had an issue with Maps, WhatsApp, Skype, iMessages, email, texting etc. the only thing is loading webpages it takes a moment or two and if you have very wide band at your home office youíre gonna have to relax a little bit and wait a few seconds for the pages to load completely. Other than that I think youíre going to have the same issue with the pages loading at 256K. Just my experience. Iím not a big browser of webpages when I travel I typically do that when Iím on Wi-Fi. But in a pinch if youíre on the street and youíre looking for a restaurant or a museum or something the browsing will work just fine albeit with a little patience. Iíve used T-Mobile both in Rome and Naples and the cities in between and the service was very good
Definitely would buy a local SIM if I need a lot more bandwidth. I think it might be good to just upgrade a few people in the group to the 256K and leave the rest at 128K. It is only $15 additional and we only pay a very low $20 month per line for unlimited Magenta 1.0 service.

Thank you for the feedback on Italy. We will be starting in Rome and headed into Tuscany and surrounding areas then ending up in the north. We are doing the well tread tourist route so I am sure the coverage will be good wherever we go.
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Old May 26, 22, 2:48 pm
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Originally Posted by CApreppie View Post
Definitely would buy a local SIM if I need a lot more bandwidth. I think it might be good to just upgrade a few people in the group to the 256K and leave the rest at 128K. It is only $15 additional and we only pay a very low $20 month per line for unlimited Magenta 1.0 service.

Thank you for the feedback on Italy. We will be starting in Rome and headed into Tuscany and surrounding areas then ending up in the north. We are doing the well tread tourist route so I am sure the coverage will be good wherever we go.
Are you sure it's only $15 additional? Not sure how they compute it if your trip is in two different billing periods.
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Old May 26, 22, 3:52 pm
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I originally put a lot of the content in the wiki here - though since the last 3 years I'm still on TMO but rely on the slower 128/256 speeds less. Was buying datapasses as needed but more recently just kept my physical sim on my device and add an esim with https://www.globalesim.app/ whenever on a longer trip.

Tend to use the https://globalesim.app/p/mostpopular - plan at 10GB which lasts a month - or the 5GB at $18 - In many other countries you can get an esim through a local provider at half to a quarter of those rates.

Suffice to say, the TMO Global roaming is great fallback and ready to use function on the start of a trip, just look for other options as well. For voice, I generally just have my TMO line forwarded to Google Voice and noticed less issues with a roaming eSIM for that - so this avoids ANY voice call charges in or out.

When I have a dual SIM, I keep the TMO SIM on Text and Calls (though use Google Voice for calls) and set the esim to data. In some rare cases I will remove the TMO Physical sim and just run with the esim only
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Old May 26, 22, 4:03 pm
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Originally Posted by NickP 1K View Post
I originally put a lot of the content in the wiki here - though since the last 3 years I'm still on TMO but rely on the slower 128/256 speeds less. Was buying datapasses as needed but more recently just kept my physical sim on my device and add an esim with https://www.globalesim.app/ whenever on a longer trip.

Tend to use the https://globalesim.app/p/mostpopular - plan at 10GB which lasts a month - or the 5GB at $18 - In many other countries you can get an esim through a local provider at half to a quarter of those rates.

Suffice to say, the TMO Global roaming is great fallback and ready to use function on the start of a trip, just look for other options as well. For voice, I generally just have my TMO line forwarded to Google Voice and noticed less issues with a roaming eSIM for that - so this avoids ANY voice call charges in or out.

When I have a dual SIM, I keep the TMO SIM on Text and Calls (though use Google Voice for calls) and set the esim to data. In some rare cases I will remove the TMO Physical sim and just run with the esim only
Another tool in the tool chest is the T-Mobile DIGITS App. Even though I have the free 256 speed, with the advent of eSIMs I turn off my T-mobile SIM and use a data eSIM. I can then answer incoming calls and make outgoing calls to the US for free on the DIGITS app.

You can also use the DIGITS app with the free T-mobile data to make calls, but there is a bit of dysfunction as the incoming calls comes in on the phone as a call and on the DIGITS app at the same time.
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Old May 26, 22, 5:08 pm
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I've been able to get away with T-Mobile's international data speeds for Google Maps, quick web browsing, and social media uploads just fine, when I'm out and about in town exploring. When I'm at a hotel, cafe, or restaurant, the wifi provides faster speeds anyway. So in my case, I never really needed a local SIM card in the last few years.
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Old May 26, 22, 5:53 pm
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Originally Posted by BigFlyer View Post
Another tool in the tool chest is the T-Mobile DIGITS App.
Yes, this works too, but I have been unable to maintain a call at 128 kbps. Also, T-Mobile lists in the T&Cs that they will charge the same $0.25/minute for voice calls made over DIGITS when roaming with the free data, but I haven't seen this in practice.
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Old May 26, 22, 6:30 pm
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Originally Posted by Majuki View Post
Yes, this works too, but I have been unable to maintain a call at 128 kbps. Also, T-Mobile lists in the T&Cs that they will charge the same $0.25/minute for voice calls made over DIGITS when roaming with the free data, but I haven't seen this in practice.
When I travel aboard, I set my phone for CFU (I have the short codes to an enable or disable already set up in my contacts) therefore you are not charged, even for incoming calls or voicemails . When Iím out and about I get transcribed voicemails so I call back via Skype (an unlimited monthly plan which I enable when traveling is quite an inexpensive $3.49USD/month or less for multiple months) therefore Iíve never paid any international fees with T-Mobile

Like I said I have heavy usage and never experienced an issue in Europe, South America, Asia with the basic 128K
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Originally Posted by BigFlyer View Post
Another tool in the tool chest is the T-Mobile DIGITS App. Even though I have the free 256 speed, with the advent of eSIMs I turn off my T-mobile SIM and use a data eSIM. I can then answer incoming calls and make outgoing calls to the US for free on the DIGITS app.

You can also use the DIGITS app with the free T-mobile data to make calls, but there is a bit of dysfunction as the incoming calls comes in on the phone as a call and on the DIGITS app at the same time.
I find Google Voice forwarding WAY WAY WAY more reliable than Digits. Used to use Digits everyday for work calls and just found the web app horrendous and the mobile app would miss inbound calls on wifi networks in other locations a lot. In concept great, but as usual with TMO, it's not all the way completed.

Side note: I'm on week 4 of still having TMO Engineering figure out why an LTE Cellspot at my house is not working - WEEK 4 - this worked fine for 3 years. This isn't the John Legere T-Mobile it's now akin to other carriers in everything they do.

Originally Posted by Majuki View Post
Yes, this works too, but I have been unable to maintain a call at 128 kbps. Also, T-Mobile lists in the T&Cs that they will charge the same $0.25/minute for voice calls made over DIGITS when roaming with the free data, but I haven't seen this in practice.
Google Voice at 128Kb/sec has NOT been an issue btw- worthwhile on longer trips to just forward to Google Voice
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