T-Mobile has announced that its Simple Choice plans will now come with free international data and texts. That sounds amazing, but in reality how much will it actually save you compared to carriers like AT&T, Sprint and Verizon?

Laptop Mag created a handy comparison chart yesterday, and it's useful for anyone who travels abroad. Let's be clear: what really matters here is the data. Sweet, delectable data. If you opt for T-Mobile, you'll pay no extra fees for using data overseas; all your data usage will just come out of your usual, US data contract. That either costs you $60 for 2.5GB of or $70 for unlimited. (You can pay more for high-speed data, t00—$15 for 100MB or 1 day; $25 for 200MB or 1 week; $50 for 500MB or 2 weeks.)


Compare that to the others. With AT&T’s Global Add-on Package you have to pay $30 per 120MB of data or $120 per 800MB that you use while overseas. Sprint Multi-country Data Roaming plan asks you to stump up $40 for 40MB of data or $80 for 85MB of data. And Verizon's Global Data Feature charges $25 for 100MB. (If you don’t sign up for the plan, you’ll find yourself paying $20.48 per MB. $20.48 per MB!)

So, looking at those numbers, even if you choose to plump for T-Mobile's high-speed offering you'll end up spending approximately half as much as on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. And however you look at it, that's a bargain. [Laptop Mag]


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