Mobile Caps High-Speed Data At 5GB While Roaming In Canada, Mexico

Pablo Tucker
October 13, 2017

Traveling to Canada or Mexico as a T-Mobile customer previously meant having unrestricted access to your high-speed 4G LTE data, just like you would at home.

The reason for this downgrade in data availability, according to Engadget, is that T-Mobile needs to pay heavy roaming costs in these countries.

After you hit the 5GB cap (or less for some legacy plans), you will continue to get unlimited data; it'll just be very, very slow data. What T-Mobile is going to do is add a cap to the LTE mobile data. Still, it appears T-Mobile has some issues to work out, this time around being trouble with how much data its customers are using when roaming overseas. One of those options was the Mobile Without Borders plan that provided unlimited LTE data when customers traveled to Canada or Mexico.

T-Mobile offered Mobile Without Borders Un-carrier plan which introduced free calling texting and LTE plans for travelers in Mexico, Canada, and US. For those with old capped plans of 5GB or less, there's no change to the limit.

Beginning July 15th, calls to, from and between the U.S., Mexico & Canada - whether mobile or landline - are included in our latest plans at no extra charge.

If you have 10GB high speed data total and use 2 GB the USA before heading over the border, then you still only have up to 5GB high-speed data in Mexico and Canada combined. The carrier did state that "less than 1% of people" on the plan used over 5GB a month when traveling. In order to prevent usage beyond the intent of the product, we implemented a limit on the amount of monthly 4G LTE data. You'll be even able to tap into your Data Stash in Mexico & Canada starting later this year.

If you have any more queries on the change and how it will reflect on your mobile usage, you can check the dedicated T-Mobile FAQ page to get all the answers. It's not unlimited LTE but it appears subscribers have been consuming large amounts.

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