T-Mobile US international options to include no-fee data roaming

Reuters

By Sinead Carew

NEW YORK, Oct 9 (Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc onWednesday said it will offer cheaper international optionsincluding texting and data downloads with no extra fees forcustomers who are traveling overseas as it hopes to gain newcustomers from its rivals.

The new offering, which also includes unlimited U.S. callsto overseas landlines for a $10 a month fee, is latest effort bythe No. 4 US mobile operator to distinguish itself from biggerrivals and claw back years of customer losses.

T-Mobile US, which is also capping overseas voice-roamingcharges at 20 cents per minute, said the new offers will beavailable for customers roaming in about 115 countries startingon Oct 31. It will be available for customers who sign up forits Simple Choice service plans starting at $50 per month.

"This is going to be solving one of the biggest pain pointsthat people have," T-Mobile US Chief Executive John Legere toldreporters ahead of the launch referring to the massive mobilephone bills that often shock consumers after they come back froma trip abroad.

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