Sprint has announced a new program called International Value Roaming, which allows customers to get free unlimited international data and texting in 15 different countries, as well as being able to make calls for just $0.20 per minute. Last year, T-Mobile began offering a similar program, which proved popular with many. Like T-Mobile’s program, Sprint is restricting your data speeds to 2G, making it fast enough to check email and the like.
The countries available for International Value Roaming include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Russia, South Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom. While there are plenty more countries that could be covered, this is a nice list for those who travel frequently.
You may not be getting much for data speeds, but who’s going to complain about free international data? The unlimited free texting is arguably the most useful part of the program, allowing you to keep in touch with those back home for a low price. $0.20/minute calls are certainly cheap, but if you have a phone with Wi-Fi calling capabilities, you can make calls back to the US for free, as long as you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. And of course, if you want faster data, Sprint does sell international data passes that will cost you an arm and a leg, but will give you access to faster data speeds.
To take advantage of International Value Roaming, you can go to this page and add it to your Sprint account for free.Show Press Release
Eligible countries for International Value Roaming are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Russia, South Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom.
In Sprint’s customer-centric culture, we are passionate about listening and understanding customers’ pain points and making changes to enhance their experience. One of the main complaints from customers who travel to Latin America, Europe, and Japan is how shocked they are when they return home to find huge roaming bills. Most consumers don’t want to take that risk, so they end up turning off their data roaming while traveling and miss out on all of the fun and benefits of having a mobile phone. We have removed the pain point by offering International Value Roaming coupled with the ability to use Wi-Fi calling.
If customers prefer to connect their phone to the millions of hotspots throughout Latin America, Europe and Japan, they can use Wi-Fi Calling to enjoy free calls from over 200 countries back to the U.S. Wi-Fi Calling is available at no additional charge when calling a U.S., U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico phone number. Wi-Fi Calling is available on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s and select Android devices. This is superior to AT&T and Verizon who don’t offer Wi-Fi calling on the iPhone and their customers who travel internationally still have to worry about getting charged for every gigabyte of data, every text and every phone call.
“The continuous feedback from our customers indicates how important it is to travel without the fear of high roaming charges,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO. “So, we launched free data roaming and Wi-Fi. “Latin America, Europe and Japan are only the beginning. We will continuously add new countries to ensure our customers can use their device virtually wherever they travel.”
Customers looking for higher data speeds can choose from three of our Sprint International Speed Data Roaming options offering up to 3G network speeds for one-day, seven-day and 14-day passes, starting at just $15.