Roaming across carriers when traveling internationally

    When traveling internationally, T-Mobile's International roaming services help to prevent your calls from dropping when you cross from T-Mobile's carrier signals to another carrier. Find out where you are covered internationally.


    Simple Choice Plan goes global


    The Simple Choice Plan gives you unlimited data and texting in more than 140 countries and destinations at no extra charge, while voice calls are $0.20/minute. Find out more on this page, or check out our International services page.


    If you're not in a country where international roaming is included, you'll be able to use calling and messaging services, but data will be turned off by default. View calling and messaging rates. You can turn on data by dialing the short code, #RON#. As data is used, you'll receive free text messages notifying you of the incurred charges. If you want to turn data back off, dial #ROF#. You can also block voice, messaging, and data when roaming internationally on My T-Mobile.


    If you want to check what plan you're on, or want to switch to a Simple Choice Plan, check out Change your plan. If you're not on the Simple Choice Plan, go to My T-Mobile and log in to your account to learn more about international roaming options you can add to your plan.


    Countries not covered by our Simple Choice Plan

    As much as we want you to have unlimited data and text wherever you travel in the world, there are a few countries and destinations that are not part of our Simple Choice Plan. Tell us which country you’ll be visiting by entering it in our look-up tool and clicking CHECK RATES & COVERAGE:


    • If the country is part of Simple Choice, that's great! You get unlimited data and text that automatically comes with our Simple Choice Plan.
    • If it's not on our list, you'll see the rates for All T-Mobile plans for that country, regardless if you have the Simple Choice Plan or another T-Mobile plan.


    International travel without the Simple Choice Plan

    If you're not on our Simple Choice Plan, and you'll be traveling outside the U.S., you'll need to add World Class International Roaming to each line. To learn how, read Change your services. To find country rate information, simply tell us which country you’ll be visiting by entering it in our look-up tool and clicking CHECK RATES & COVERAGE. You'll see a comparison of the rates for data, text, and talk for the Simple Choice Plan and other T-Mobile plans.


    Tethering/Smartphone Mobile Hotspot

    Even though the included data roaming service that comes with Simple Choice allows you to use data for your phone, it doesn't allow the ability to share with other devices by tethering through Smartphone Mobile Hotspot. If you need to share data through tethering, then we suggest adding an international data pass. Not only does it allow your device to be used as a Smartphone Mobile Hotspot, but it gives you speeds of up to 3G, depending on what country you're visiting.


    Important information regarding Vietnam

    As of January 13, 2015, data roaming access in Vietnam is blocked. At this time, access to voice calls and text messages (SMS/MMS) are allowed at standard international roaming rates. This was due to an independent move by the Vietnamese government that increased carriers' rates; T-Mobile is working on trying to get the rates back down. Check out the standard international roaming rates.



    Pay in Advance (Prepaid) while traveling

    Our Pay in Advance plans let you stay in touch when traveling abroad. Find out more by visiting the Pay in Advance international services & rates page. Keep in mind, international data roaming is not available for Pay in Advance accounts.



    Traveling on cruise ships and ferries

    Cruise ship roaming is available while on selected cruise lines and ferries. We recommend that you turn off roaming while docked in a U.S. port, whether the ship is departing or arriving. Otherwise, your phone may pick up the ship's network and you'll incur roaming charges. Once you're out to sea, you can then turn on roaming and pay the respective usage for data, text, and voice.


    To find rates while traveling at sea, visit the International Roaming page, scroll about halfway down, and click Going on a cruise? Check out your rates on cruises and ferries. Then, after reviewing the rates, scroll a little farther down so you can Check to see if your device is cruise-compatible by searching for your device.



    Related pages


    Block international roaming

    International roaming FAQs

    International roaming checklist




    Qualifying postpaid Simple Choice plan and capable device required. Taxes additional; usage taxed in some countries. Simple Choice International Service: Additional charges apply in excluded destinations; included destinations subject to change at T-Mobile’s discretion. Voice and text features for direct communications between 2 people. Communications with premium-rate (e.g., 900, entertainment, high-rate helpline) numbers not included and may incur additional charges. Calls over Wi-Fi are $0.20/min; texts over Wi-Fi are included (no charge for Wi-Fi calls or texts to US). Coverage not available in some areas; we are not responsible for the performance of our roaming partners’ networks. Standard speeds approx. 128 Kbps. No tethering. Not for extended international use; you must reside in the U.S. and primary usage must occur on our U.S. network. Device must register on our U.S. network before international use. Service may be terminated or restricted for excessive roaming or misuse.