T-Mobile will let its customers call, text and browse Canada and Mexico

By BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer

This means savings for users who frequently communicate with Mexico and Canada. T-Mobile is covering all of North America, without extra charges.

T-Mobile introduces “Mobile without Borders” a new service that includes calling plans to cover Canada and Mexico, at no extra charge whatsoever!

T-Mobile will now let its U.S. customers call, text, use apps and browse the Internet within North America without paying extra charges.

Here's a closer look at the details:

Its significance:

Canada and Mexico account for a significant chunk of international travel by Americans, and they are the destinations for many of the international calls from the U.S. Customers with friends or family in Mexico or Canada or who live in Border States will benefit the most from this deal.

T-Mobile isn't alone in eyeing Mexico. In recent years, AT&T bought two Mexican telecommunications companies. But AT&T says its growth is more about adding subscribers in Mexico than offering service there for traveling Americans. The company aims to cover 100 million Mexicans on its network by the end of 2018.

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Who can use it and how do you sign up?

The service is free for most existing and new T-Mobile customers. T-Mobile said customers with certain older or budget-oriented plans are exempt.

Customers must sign up online or at a store to take advantage of the deal. There's no charge. The new plan takes effect next Wednesday.

What does it include?

T-Mobile customers will be able to call and text Mexican and Canadian phone numbers with their regular U.S. minutes. Those on unlimited plans will have unlimited calls or texts to those numbers, too. When traveling in those countries, customers will be able to call U.S., Mexican and Canadian numbers with their minutes.

"We're just making Canada and Mexico part of your home territory" says T-Mobile CEO John Legere said on a conference call.

As for data, customers will have access to their regular data allowance and will be able to keep using T-Mobile's slower 2G service once they run out, just as they would in the U.S.

How is it better than before?

Previously, T-Mobile charged 20 cents per minute for calls made while traveling in Canada and Mexico. Texting was already free. Data service also was free, but only at the slower, 2G speeds. That can be adequate for email, but it's painfully slow for Web surfing.

For calls from the U.S. to those countries, T-Mobile customers previously had to buy an add-on global calling plan or pay 49 cents per minute to call Canada and 69 cents to call Mexico.

As of now, T-Mobile users will be able to call, text or browse across the entire North America, with no extra charge!

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