Sprint takes on T-Mobile with free calls, data in Canada and Mexico


While T-Mobile has broken down its borders, Sprint is also going down the same path with the launch of its own Sprint Open World plans.

The new plan will give customers 1GB of data per month for free with 3G connectivity while roaming in Canada, Mexico and a number of countries in Latin America.

These Latin American countries include Dominican Republic, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Paraguay, with Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela to be added soon.

"We're opening up the world and breaking down borders so more Sprint customers can stay in touch with the people who are important to them," said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure.

Breaking all borders

Text and calls while roaming in those countries will also be free, while adding extra data will cost $30 for every extra gigabyte, though Sprint adds that, as it will be based on actual usage, you will be charged less if you don't use the full gigabyte.

While international calls and text to Canada and Mexico will be free, calls and text start at 5 cents per minute to Latin America and the rest of the countries Spint supports for international calls.

Sprint's latest plan competes directly with T-Mobile's Mobile Without Borders, which launched in July.

But while Sprint's new plan offers only 3G while roaming, T-Mobile is offering 4G LTE during roaming - though currently, T-Mobile's plan doesn't expand beyond Canada and Mexico.