Originally, I was an incredibly happy AT&T customer who was “grandfathered” into keeping my unlimited data (which is rather rare). I loved their service and never dreamed of switching until I moved to Boston and quickly discovered that the only place with absolutely zero service was in my apartment. This was a huge problem considering I work remotely from home. After some research, I switched to T-Mobile over a year ago and never looked back. Here are the top features that make my traveling lifestyle that much easier:
Unlimited Data, Text, and Calls
Every person on my T-Mobile Simple Choice plan gets 10 GB of high speed LTE data per month for themselves. If they go over that threshold then the speed slightly drops and they still continue with unlimited data. If there is any unused data then “rollover data” saves the day and that gets rolled over to the next month. Additionally, there is an option for Data Stash depending on when you start T-Mobile service. In my specific case, I have 20 GB of “stashed data” that I can use anytime within a one-year period if I rifle through my 10 GB LTE data too quickly. After 15 months of T-Mobile service, I’ve yet to experience reduced data speed. Now get ready for this: streaming music from services like Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, etc. does not count toward your data usage nor does video streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, YouTube, etc. Essentially all of the major data juggernaut apps are completely free using T-Mobile. #micdrop
This unlimited data includes a personal hotspot, which I utilize frequently. I answer work e-mails in cars, buses, trains, coffee shops—you name it—using my hotspot!
UPDATE: Shortly after publishing this post both my husband and I received this text message. Please note that this is NOT a sponsored post–only my personal recommendation.
This is by far my favorite feature about my T-Mobile service. While I’m home in the US I have unlimited calls, text, and data. This is also honored when I’m traveling in Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico.
Remember the days of needing to call AT&T and purchase an expensive “international data plan” for any upcoming trips abroad? Yeah, that’s completely unnecessary with T-Mobile. They provide international coverage in over 140 countries. The majority of that coverage includes unlimited text and data and calls at $0.20 per minute. Guys, it’s INSANE. It completely removes the need to get another SIM card and thus saves you the hassle of changing your phone number while in another country. Not only that, the service is great! I’ve used this fabulous feature several times in the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Spain, Croatia, Czech Republic, Brussels, Canada, and Puerto Rico. T-Mobile even sends me reminder text messages about my service and rates in the particular country after I turn on my phone when I land. I like saving the texts because it’s like having my own personal T-Mobile passport. Typically speeds range, but this summer T-Mobile made unlimited 4G LTE available across all of Europe.
If you’re in an area or a particular building that does not have solid T-Mobile coverage, then there is always the option to make phone calls or send text messages over Wi-Fi. Apparently when I first switched, this was only available with T-Mobile service, but I’m not sure if it’s expanded within the past year or not. Anyway, this feature is compatible with the majority of popular smartphones on the market and only requires a one-time setup in your phone’s Settings in order to connect. It’s genius. I particularly use it if I’m staying in a very rural area or in my hotels abroad. So that $0.20 per minute for international calling? Essentially zero as long as you are connected to Wi-Fi. Brilliant.
Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi
This change is more recent as I used to think I was an absolute baller when T-Mobile offered free inflight texting on any flights that offered Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi. However, they’ve now upped the ante. Not only do you get free inflight texting, but this also includes iMessage, Whatsapp, Viber, etc. T-Mobile also comps one free hour of Wi-Fi per flight for you to surf the web however you like that offers Gogo. That means if I’m flying with American from Detroit to Fort Lauderdale but with a connection in Charlotte, then I get two free hours of Wi-Fi for that trip: one on each flight.
You may also be wondering how inflight texting works. This is possible thanks to the T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling feature we just discussed.
Even More Perks
In case all of that wasn’t enough, there are lots of other non-travel related perks that T-Mobile offers. For instance, my husband’s new favorite day of the week is Tuesday. This summer T-Mobile Tuesdays launched and it’s T-Mobile’s day of the week that they give away free stuff to all of their customers. Yes, every single week you can claim up to three different gifts. These free gifts include, but are not limited to:
- Shares of T-Mobile stock (currently valued around $46 per share)
- VUDU movie rentals
- Domino’s pizza
- $15 Lyft rides
- Movie tickets
- Wendy’s Frosty
- Subway 6 inch sandwich
- T-Mobile t-shirt
- Unlimited data for Pokémon Go
- And more…
It’s really cool to do business with a company that truly values you and makes it a habit to continually show their appreciation for your loyalty.