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T-Mobile US launches free international text and data roaming

Matt Hamblen | Oct. 11, 2013
Free plan offers just 128 Kbps data roaming, but adds 'speed boosts' for a fee

With the free data roaming plan, Kelton predicted business users would get "good email, social network access and browsing" for a day.

In a note to investors, Citi analysts said the data roaming offer from T-Mobile will "grab attention and build awareness ... while the data roaming limitations to 2G networks may limit the appeal of T-Mobile's offer."

Despite the 2G limit, Roger Entner, an analyst at Recon Analytics, said he agreed with T-Mobile that the free data roaming "lets you do some email, some GPS and a little Web browsing daily in a way that doesn't kill T-Mobile financially, but is enough for you to wet your whistle. It's not meant for you to watch videos in Vietnam, but you can text in Turkey and check email in Estonia."

Entner said the free data roaming is "more than any other competitor has," while 20 cents per minute on voice roaming charges is well below the $1 or more a minute other carriers charge.


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