Global: Sprint launches free international 2G data roaming in 15 countries

By April 12th, 2015 AT 10:25 AM

Acting in quick response to rival T-Mobile, US mobile carrier Sprint has announced a new plan that allows users free unlimited text messages and 2G data while roaming internationally. Dubbed International Value Roaming, Sprint’s new offering doesn’t include voice calls, and is limited to a decent number of countries. Phone calls will be priced at $0.20 per minute. This is in comparison to T-Mobile, which offers the same service in more than 120 countries, and with slightly faster data speeds.

sprint

Sprint customers can text or browse the web without charge while in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Russia, South Korea, Spain, and the UK. That rounds out to be only a couple of countries per region of the globe. Oh, and about those 2G data speeds, you can expect a maximum of 64kbps. Data speeds on T-Mobile’s plan will top out at 128kbps.

Sprint is also rolling out one-time-use International Speed Data Roaming Passes, which offer 3G data speeds for a limited period of time. A 1-day pass allows 100MB of unrestricted data for $15, a 7-day pass with 200MB for $25, and a 14-day pass with 500MB for $50.

T-Mobile may have been in Sprint’s targets when coming up with this new international plan, but both carriers could be trying to get ahead of Google’s attempts to launch a US network. Earlier this week we had reported that Google is looking to partner with a number of international carriers in order to offer messaging, data, and calls while roaming for the same price as domestic. In other words, basically eliminating the roaming fee. Such a move would be a sure-fire way for Google to differentiate itself from rivals, unless they can offer similar features as well.

Physiotherapist by day and techno buff by evening, Esmail is our very own in-house spectrum specialist. He has a keen eye for the Mobile data and DTH segments.

2
Leave a Reply

avatar
Photo and Image Files
 
 
 
1 Comment threads
1 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
2 Comment authors
DUANEash Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
ash
ash

They are offering free roaming internationally and we don’t have within our country. What a pity.

DUANE
DUANE

@ASH – get a US SIM and roam in the countries they cover!! As for now pay Rs 77 and get incoming free (UNLIMITED) on the Airtel, Vodafone or Idea networks.

Recent Posts

Reliance Jio 4K Set-Top Box: Things that Set it Apart from Other Market Offerings

On August 12, Reliance Jio announced a lot of new services that it would be bringing to India for its...

BSNL Rs 1,098 Prepaid Plan Receives Massive Revision, Now Offers 375GB Data Without Any Daily FUP Limit

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has revised the popular Rs 1,098 prepaid recharge after a long time. The government-owned PSU...

Tata Sky HD Set-Top Box Now Retailing for Rs 1,499, Price Reduced by Rs 300

Tata Sky has been making some consumer-centric moves over the last few months as the operator is looking to increase...