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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
Mxico: Movistar, Telcel [HIGH SPEED INCLUDED ON SIMPLE CHOICE NORTH AMERICA]
Martinique: Digicel
Nicaragua: Mobinil, Movistar
Panama: Claro, Digicel
Per: 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 Jan 25, 15, 11:17 am
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Seeing more LTE roaming, which even though is restricted to 128Kb on free data has lower latency and generally snappier performance within the bandwidth limit. On paid High Speed getting at least 4-6Mb/sec SOMETIMES more but not always.

Added Smartone Hong Kong (verified last week) and Orange France (verified today)

[Edited thread Jan 30th and added]: On a Paid 500MB package I did for my iPad last few weeks due to insane back to back Intl trips I got LTE roaming in France on Orange. Got just under 40MB/sec downstream and 7MB on upstream. That bandwidth had to travel from Orange LTE to T-Mobile's APN gateway in the US and back to the Speedtest.net server in Paris (didn't manually change to a US server); so this is GREAT even with the roundtrip latency


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Old Jan 26, 15, 12:15 pm
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Just got back from a week in Nicaragua.

When I set my iPhone to "auto connect" it went straight to Claro...

Didn't work.

Then I turned off auto and went to Mobinil. Fantastic! One of the better TM experiences I've had to date.
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Old Jan 27, 15, 1:31 am
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Originally Posted by gpf590
I got this text from T-Mo today, "Effective January 13, 2015, we are no longer able to offer data roaming in Vietnam (this does not impact voice calls or text messaging). For more details: http://m.t-mo.co/buVvo"

Bummer!
Originally Posted by BangkokTraveler
I saw this posted on the T-Mobile site.

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Important information regarding Vietnam

On January 1, 2015, customers roaming in Vietnam will have their data experience slowed to 2G speeds. On January 13, 2015, data roaming access in Vietnam will be blocked. At this time, voice calls and text message (SMS/MMS) access is not scheduled to change. This was an independent move by the Vietnamese government, and T-Mobile is working to get the rates back down.
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Guess I'll have to get a local SIM for data coverage there next month. I think the Vinaphone one has a package for 25MB per day for less than $1/day. And I was about to get rid of my 2-sim Samsung Core, I guess I'll keep it for awhile.

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Pretty unfortunate, I quite enjoyed roaming data access. The most direct negative effect for me is the inability to use Uber out on the street while not having to switch out my SIM.
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Old Jan 27, 15, 9:35 am
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I just got back from Costa Rica. I roamed just fine n Movistar and had both voice and data wherever/whenever I was. I've update the wiki accordingly.
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Old Jan 28, 15, 6:34 pm
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What Hotspot to Purchase Before European Trip?

I'll be in Iceland in May (thanks, WOWair!), and on a Mediterranean cruise in September (passing by and stopping at several nations). My online photo-retouching business requires that I send and receive several 3- to 10-MB files per day from a laptop.

I'm a Republic Wireless phone customer, so my phone is CDMA and has no SIM. From reading this thread, it looks as if I can become a temporary T-Mobile customer in order to get data service while traveling.

So...is there a 3G hotspot available cheap (eBay?) that will work internationally and can be used with T-Mo service in most areas of the world?

Thank you.
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Old Jan 28, 15, 7:18 pm
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Even 3-10 MB could be painful.

Are you not going to have Wifi when you're on land?

Not sure how you'd get consistent mobile data on a ship.

I think cheapest Mifis are still around $100, with poor battery life. Maybe look for a second hand iPad with 3G or 4G, which will provide much better battery life and more band support.

For instance, I used to use a Huawei Mifi from eBay and it got 3G okay in Europe but not in the US. Battery life was 2 hours at the most.

The iPad mini with 4G gets LTE in Europe and in the US and battery life is over 10 hours.

But if cost is an issue, I'd look to get Wifi access, though Wifi in many places can be pretty slow.
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Old Jan 28, 15, 8:32 pm
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Originally Posted by Middle_Seat
I'll be in Iceland in May (thanks, WOWair!), and on a Mediterranean cruise in September (passing by and stopping at several nations). My online photo-retouching business requires that I send and receive several 3- to 10-MB files per day from a laptop.

I'm a Republic Wireless phone customer, so my phone is CDMA and has no SIM. From reading this thread, it looks as if I can become a temporary T-Mobile customer in order to get data service while traveling.

So...is there a 3G hotspot available cheap (eBay?) that will work internationally and can be used with T-Mo service in most areas of the world?

Thank you.
I would not go with a hotspot. Hotspots are throttled at 64k.
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Old Jan 29, 15, 2:38 am
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Originally Posted by BangkokTraveler
I saw this posted on the T-Mobile site.

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Important information regarding Vietnam

On January 1, 2015, customers roaming in Vietnam will have their data experience slowed to 2G speeds. On January 13, 2015, data roaming access in Vietnam will be blocked. At this time, voice calls and text message (SMS/MMS) access is not scheduled to change. This was an independent move by the Vietnamese government, and T-Mobile is working to get the rates back down.
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Guess I'll have to get a local SIM for data coverage there next month. I think the Vinaphone one has a package for 25MB per day for less than $1/day. And I was about to get rid of my 2-sim Samsung Core, I guess I'll keep it for awhile.

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I just returned from Vietnam and Cambodia and can confirm that there was no data in either country. However, cheap sim cards in both countries were easily had in the arrivals hall. 3 minutes max and I was on my way with 3G data. In Cambodia, the guy wiped out my APN settings to get the data to work, which caused me some issues when arriving back in the USA.
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Old Jan 29, 15, 8:36 am
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Originally Posted by richardinmotion
I just returned from Vietnam and Cambodia and can confirm that there was no data in either country. However, cheap sim cards in both countries were easily had in the arrivals hall. 3 minutes max and I was on my way with 3G data. In Cambodia, the guy wiped out my APN settings to get the data to work, which caused me some issues when arriving back in the USA.
I have a Moto G for when I need to get a local Sim. I've experienced what you went through, never again.
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Old Jan 29, 15, 8:48 am
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Thank you to the folks who have replied to my post #800 from yesterday.

Originally Posted by Dubai Stu
I would not go with a hotspot. Hotspots are throttled at 64k.
GAAK! I can do OK with 3G, but not with 64K. So, the T-Mobile hotspot idea is kaput.

Shipboard internet is typically very slow and very expensive.

I'll be on a cruise ship. My hope is to do my ~~50MB of business data transfers and emails while still on the ship every day as it prepares to dock. That will permit Mrs. Middle_Seat and me (and another couple with us) to do shore excursions without my needing to find a wifi signal onshore.

A used 4G iPad could work but would be pricey...it's too bad that I already have a couple of other wifi-only tablets.

eBay sellers list lots of T-Mobile store-demo phones for under $100. Assuming I can find a phone whose specs list lots of bands, and assuming the phone can be used in hotspot mode, are there any gotchas to watch for?
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Old Jan 29, 15, 10:50 am
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Originally Posted by Dubai Stu
I would not go with a hotspot. Hotspots are throttled at 64k.
Huh? Mine is still running 128KB/sec ; just used it in HK last week and France this last week. 64Kb/sec will happen if you are on no paid monthly package in the US/Domestic side and then do an Intl roaming High speed pack and EXPIRE that pack.
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Old Jan 30, 15, 5:18 pm
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Originally Posted by Middle_Seat
Shipboard internet is typically very slow and very expensive.
Hope you plan to use mobile data while in port/land coverage areas. Data roaming on T-Mobile (or any network) NEVER includes cruise ships in data packages or inclusive throttled plans. You will NOT get free cruise ship data with T-Mobile
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Old Jan 30, 15, 6:03 pm
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Originally Posted by NickP 1K
Hope you plan to use mobile data while in port/land coverage areas. Data roaming on T-Mobile (or any network) NEVER includes cruise ships in data packages or inclusive throttled plans. You will NOT get free cruise ship data with T-Mobile
Also, the cellular network is coming through the same satellite service as the WiFi, so it won't be fast either.
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Old Feb 1, 15, 12:17 am
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LTE T-Mobile Global Data in Canada

My iPhone 6 Plus connected up to Rogers LTE data after about an hour in the country and then retained that connection until I left.

My iPad Mini 2 defaulted to Bell 3G, but when I manually selected Rogers, it also grabbed an LTE connection that worked flawlessly.

Even at throttled speeds, the LTE connection really seems to make the T-Mobile data usage globally reasonably fast.
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Agreed, it is very important to avoid the cruise ship's wifi and cell/data signals because they will be expensive and slow.

I'm hoping to get all my data transfers done as the ship spends ~30 minutes docking in a new European port every day. Then, I'll be free to enjoy the shore excursions with family and friends...not needing to find an on-shore internet cafe or stray open wifi.
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