We Try It: T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan

April 8, 2014 | By | 6 Comments

It may not have been as historically significant as Neil Armstrong transmitting the message “One small step for man,” but last Friday, when I texted my husband “Just landed” from the runway at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam for free, it felt like the dawn of a new era.
Since then I’ve been channeling my inner Millennial, texting and uploading photos to Facebook several times a day. That’s just how you roll when you’ve got unlimited global text messaging in more than 100 countries, plus unlimited (albeit slowed-down) Internet as part of your standard cell phone plan.
The plan I’m referring to is T-Mobile’s Simple Choice option, which debuted last November. It comes with free mobile data, free text messaging and low-cost voice calls in about 115 countries. Knowing I was going to be traveling to Europe soon, I switched from my previous T-Mobile plan to this one about a month ago. The Simple Choice Plan starts at $50 a month.
While I’ve always taken advantage of free Wi-Fi hotspots while traveling, I was thrilled at the idea of being able to stay connected all the time at no extra cost. I’ve never been the kind of person who thrives on being disconnected!
In terms of text messaging, the deal is just as advertised. I’ve been texting my husband, parents, friends and coworkers, holding multi-text conversations and sending photos since the moment I landed. The Internet, on the other hand, has been spottier. In general the Internet is available at 3G speeds, which isn’t bad, but when you’re used to 4G LTE, it sometimes feels like it’s crawling. And I’ve found myself in more than one blind spot.
Nevertheless, I’ve managed to upload photos to Facebook multiple times, check railway schedules when I needed to and keep up to date with Yahoo! News. For those who insist on higher speeds, T-Mobile does offer for-fee upgrade packages.
The Simple Choice Plan also provides low-cost calling options. Here in the Netherlands, for instance, it will cost me 20 cents a minute to call home, which isn’t half bad. But even better, by hooking up to any Wi-Fi I can find (free, of course!) and then turning on my Wi-Fi calling option, I can call home without spending a dime.
I’ve traveled all over the world throughout my adult life, and I’ve always hated the feeling of separation from the people I love. For the first time, I’ve been reaching out while traveling as casually as I do when I’m at home. If it was a small world before, free texting and Internet and low-cost voice calling have shrunk it even further. If that’s not one giant leap for mankind, I don’t know what is.
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    6 Responses to “We Try It: T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan”

    1. Doug Parker
      April 9th, 2014 @ 12:13 pm

      I’m sold! I’ve been debating back and forth about trying Tmobile after being slaved to AT&T for the past decade.

    2. Peggy
      April 9th, 2014 @ 2:50 pm

      For my last cruise I signed up for T-Mobile service with Simple Choice plan that included international roaming. At the same time, my husband had his AT&T phone, and we had added $30 of international data to it. I mainly use my phones for data messaging (Whasapp, BBM, Telegram or some type of online messenger). T-Mobile was very slow to find a signal once we arrived to port, and it would take forever sending my messages. AT&T on the other hand, was super fast to connect and messages went quickly across network. Grant it, I did not use it for text messages (maybe it works so much better with text messages). Eventually, the service did not convince me to switch from AT&T. I am glad T-Mobile does not have contacts, so I was able to cancel. T-Mobile’s idea is great, wish it would have worked better for me!

    3. Kelli
      April 9th, 2014 @ 3:13 pm

      We currently use this t-mobile plan. My husband is stationed in Korea and I am in the US we talk all the time with him using the free wi-fi calling. Going on a cruise with friends this fall with out kids and this will be great to check in on the kids while we are gone.

    4. Jeff Titelius
      April 10th, 2014 @ 1:11 pm

      I was over the moon when T-Mobile announced this plan last October. I have a faithful customer for 7 years and boy was I glad to have stuck around that long!! Truly, this plan is unparalleled! Had no issues using the service anywhere and I traveled to five countries in the last four months!

      The absolute best feature and the ultimate in convenience is when there is no Wi-Fi available. Simply convert your phone into a hotspot and the Internet is YOURS!! And it’s FREE!!!

    5. Michelle Smith
      May 5th, 2014 @ 2:16 pm

      We signed up for this T Mobile plan after reading this article, and then went on Getaway to Eastern Caribbean, and it worked great! I was skeptical, but the calls were clear, texts went through pretty quick, and no charge. Thanks for the tip, we are very happy!

    6. Stan Weber
      April 23rd, 2015 @ 4:30 pm

      My wife and I travel like crazy around the world. We signed up in Jan. 2015. We have had no problems at all. Just back from Thailand and China and sent pictures through e-mails and texts without problems 90% of the time. Much of the time it was at 3g speeds and some times a bit slower but it WORKED. Call were very clear. We have also had good luck with it in mainland Europe. We also have Verizon and their overseas rates are ridiculous. T Mobiles coverage in the U.S. is getting better and at $50 a month for their Simple Choice plan, you can’t beat it.

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