T-Mobile USA is taking advantage of its international roots to launch international mobile broadband roaming services.
The plans provide 500 megabytes of non-throttled data access, and unlimited access at curtailed speeds, for $50 per month across 28 European countries. The carrier, which is owned by German telecom giant Deutsche Telekom, noted that the T-Mobile Open Europe plans will target enterprise customers and will be available starting in August.
The countries and roaming partners include T-Mobile International operations in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands and Slovakia. Roaming agreements with other operators include services in Belgium (Base); Bulgaria (GloBul); Croatia (Tele2); Czech Republic; Denmark (Telenor); Estonia (Tele2); Finland (Elisa); France (Orange and Bouygues); Greece (Cosmote); Italy (Telecom Italia); Lithuania (Tele2); Luxembourg (Orange); Moldova (Orange); Norway (Telenor and Network Norway); Poland (ERA and Orange); Romania (Orange); Russia (MTS); Spain (Orange); Sweden (Tele2); Switzerland (Orange); Turkey (Turkcell); and the United Kingdom (Everything Everywhere).
The new plans stack up aggressively against a recently launched offering from Verizon Wireless, which is partially owned by DT rival Vodafone Group. The Verizon Wireless plans offer customers international data roaming at $25 per month for 100 Mb of data transmission in 120 countries across Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Canada.
T-Mobile USA last month rolled out updated domestic data pricing targeting enterprise customers that included 500 Mb of un-throttled data usage for $25 per month. The move followed the carrier’s announcement earlier this year that it would reignite its sales focus on the lucrative enterprise segment, including plans to hire up to 1,000 new enterprise sales associates.
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