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T-Mobile to eliminate international data fees



Published: Wed, October 9, 2013 @ 8:05 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile is eliminating fees for using data and texting services in more than 100 countries and capping charges for international voice calls.

Starting Oct. 31, customers of T-Mobile's flagship Simple Choice plan won't have to worry about getting hit with so-called roaming fees if they fail to sign up for an international plan before they travel abroad. Those fees can reach hundreds or thousands of dollars for a trip, even to neighboring Canada or Mexico.

T-Mobile, the No. 4 U.S. cellphone carrier, has been trying to differentiate itself from bigger rivals by shattering longstanding industry practices and calling itself the "Un-carrier."

The company began in March by dropping conventional two-year service contracts in favor of selling phones with installment plans. In July, it introduced a program that lets people upgrade phones more frequently — up to twice a year. AT&T, Verizon and Sprint have since followed with their own frequent-upgrade plans.


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