T-Mobile continues to shake up the wireless industry with its new Uncarrier Amped offering, “Mobile Without Borders.” The carrier will offer its U.S. customers free telephone roaming to and from Mexico and Canada, including voice, text, and for the first time, 4G LTE data.
Postpaid, prepaid and business customers will be able to make use of it from Wednesday, July 15th. It’s a killer move, and effectively erases the virtual borders between the U.S. and its neighboring countries.
While T-Mobile has offered a similar feature, “Simple Global,” that plan slowed customers down to EDGE data speeds when they crossed the borer. Mobile Without Borders allows users to retain their 4G LTE connectivity, provided that the carriers T-Mobile has partnered with offer LTE coverage in that area. One thing should be noted, the feature is only available in certain Canadian and Mexican cities, as listed at the T-Mobile website.
Currently T-Mobile users won’t be able to access their rollover “Data Stash” while they’re in Canada or Mexico, but that feature is said to be on the way later this year.
As we’ve come to expect, brash T-Mobile CEO John Legere took the opportunity to take a poke at the competition:
“After spending billions buying up Mexican telecoms, AT&T’s CEO is promising ‘the first seamless network covering Mexico and the U.S.,’ something ‘unique’ that ‘nobody else will be able to do for the consumer.’ So much for that. They won’t be the first. And they won’t offer Canada for free,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “We’ve done this the Un-carrier way − reaching across borders, partnering with leading providers offering the best LTE networks, creating a simple solution right now − then not charging a penny more for it.”
T-Mobile announced it’s preliminary financial results for the second quarter earlier today, announcing that it added 2.1 million customers during the quarter, bringing its total subscriber numbers to almost 59 million customers.