T-Mobile starts selling cheap international voice plans


Last year T-Mobile became the first major U.S. carrier to break the stranglehold on international roaming by offering free SMS and 2G data to customers who ventured beyond U.S. borders. Now it’s taking a crack at the other side of that cross-border communication equation.

On Wednesday T-Mobile launched two promotional international calling plans with different costs depending on whether you’re calling a landline number or a mobile phone. The first is $5 a month and gives you unlimited calls from the U.S. to landlines in 70 countries, including Mexico, Canada, most of Europe, and parts of Latin America and Asia. The second plans costs $10 a month and give you unlimited calls to mobile numbers as well (overseas mobile numbers have higher termination fees), but it’s available only to 30 countries, mainly those in Europe.

There is one other big plus to these plans: they apply to T-Mobile accounts, not…

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