Metro by T-Mobile (formerly MetroPCS) International Add-Ons
Metro by T-Mobile (formerly MetroPCS) has a robust offering of international add-ons for their cell phone plans, highlighted by their Canada Unlimited and Mexico Unlimited add-ons.
Unlike Metro’s parent company T-Mobile, whose plans come with at least some (if not many) international features, the carrier formerly known as MetroPCS does not include international perks with their plans. You’ll have to add on international services to your Metro plan if you want to be able to call or text abroad.
Outside of their Mexico and Canada add-ons, Metro’s international add-ons consist of their Global Voice add-ons and My World add-ons for making calls and texting (when applicable) to other countries around the world.
With the Mexico Unlimited add-on from Metro by T-Mobile you get:
- Unlimited calling to and from Mexico
- Unlimited data in Mexico at 5Mbps
- Unlimited texting in Mexico
Mexico Unlimited add-on cost: $5/month
Like the Mexico Unlimited add-on, the Canada Unlimited add-on will only cost you $5/month. With this add-on you get:
- Unlimited calling to and from Canada
- Unlimited data in Canada at 5Mbps
- Unlimited texting in Canada
Canada Unlimited add-on cost: $5/month
Metro by T-Mobile’s Global Voice
Metro by T-Mobile’s Global Voice add-on allows you to call to numbers in select countries around the world. There are a handful of different Global Voice options to choose from with the main differences between each being:
- The number of minutes included in the add-on
- The countries included
Global Voice add-ons are only available for $30 and above Metro plans.
Global Voice perks do not apply when roaming and cannot be combined with any other Metro international add-ons except for the Mexico and Canada Unlimited add-ons.
$10 Global Voice Unlimited Landline
The Global Voice Unlimited Landline add-on allows you unlimited minutes to call to landline numbers in locations such as (but not limited to):
- Costa Rica
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
$10 Global Voice Unlimited
This Global Voice option gives you unlimited minutes and texts to any number in:
- China (excluding Taiwan and Hong Kong)
- French Guyana
- South Korea
- US Virgin Islands
Global Voice 15 Minutes and Global Voice 15+
Both of these Global Voice options give you minutes of talk to numbers in Cuba. The Global Voice 15 add-on comes with 15 minutes, while the Global Voice 15+ add-on gives you up to 30 minutes of talk.
These options do not include texting.
- Global Voice 15: $10/month
- Global Voice 15+: $20/month
Global Voice 50 Minutes and Global Voice 50+
These two add-ons come with talk minutes and unlimited texting to numbers in places including (but not limited to):
- British Virgin Islands
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
- Global Voice 50 Minutes: $10/month
- Global Voice 50+ (includes 100 minutes): $20/month.
Global Voice 100 Minutes and Global Voice 100+
The Global Voice 100 Minutes add-on and the Global Voice 100+ add-on (includes 200 minutes) allows you to call numbers in the following locations:
- Czech Republic
- El Salvador
- South Africa
Both plans come with unlimited texts to number in the same countries.
- Global Voice 100 Minutes: $10/month
- Global Voice 100+: $20/month
Global Voice 200 Minutes and Global Voice 200+
With Global Voice 200 Minutes ($10/month) and Global Voice 200+ ($20 for 400 minutes) you get talk and unlimited text to number in:
- Costa Rica
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- And many more
- Global Voice 200 Minutes: $10/month
- Global Voice 200+ (400 minutes): $20/month
Metro’s My World Add-Ons
My World add-ons are similar to Metro’s Global Voice add-ons in that they provide you with an allotment of minutes to use to call numbers in select countries around the world. However, My World does not include texting.
My World add-ons are only available for Metro’s $40 plan or higher and service are not available while roaming.
With My World you can make calls to numbers in:
- El Salvador
- Trinidad & Tobago
My World comes in a number of options including:
- My World 100 Mobile to Landline Minutes for $10/month
- My World 200 Mobile to Landline Minutes for $20/month
- My World 60 Mobile to Mobile Minutes for $10/month
- My World 120 Mobile to Mobile Minutes for $20/month
Haiti Calling Service
Metro’s Haiti Calling Service add-ons, available for Metro’s $40 plan or higher, allows you to call phone numbers in, you guessed it, Haiti. For $10/month you get an allotment of 40 minutes, or for $20/month you can talk for up to 80 minutes. Texting is not included and service is not available when roaming.
- 40 minutes: $10/month
- 80 minutes: $20/month
Metro by T-Mobile (MetroPCS) International Add-Ons Compared to Others
To get an idea of how Metro by T-Mobile (or MetroPCS) stands among other cell phone carriers when it comes to their international add-ons, check out the table below where we compare Metro with their parent company (T-Mobile) as well as rivals Cricket and Boost Mobile.
|Int’l Perks included in Plans||Int’l Add-Ons Available||# of Countries included in Int’l Services||Price of Add-Ons|
(Not including plan)
|Metro by T-Mobile||None||Yes||140+||$5-$20/month|
|T-Mobile (postpaid)||Yes||Yes||70+ – Landline|
30+ – Mobile lines
|T-Mobile (prepaid)||No||Yes||70+ – Landline|
|Cricket||Yes||Yes||35+ – Landlines|
31+ – Mobile lines
|Boost||No||Yes||70+ – Landlines|
50+ – Mobile and Landlines
Metro International Add-Ons Vs. T-Mobile Postpaid
The biggest difference you’ll find between these two carriers is that T-Mobile’s postpaid plans come with at least some international services. The carrier’s Essentials plan includes texting to over 210 countries plus data in Mexico and Canada. The T-Mobile Magenta and Magenta Plus Plans come with texting and data in over 210 countries plus unlimited talk, text, and an allotment of high-speed data in Mexico and Canada. With the exception of Canada and Mexico, Metro by T-Mobile plans and add-ons don’t come with calling, texting or data perks in other countries.
Metro International Add-Ons Vs. T-Mobile Prepaid
T-Mobile’s prepaid plans are more similar to Metro’s plans in that they do not include international perks. Add-ons are available for service to and from Mexico and Canada as well as texting and calling services to over 70 countries when calling landline numbers, and over 30 countries when calling mobile lines.
Pricing is very similar with Canada and Mexico add-ons costing $5/month which is right on par with Metro’s Canada and Mexico add-ons. T-Mobile’s international calling add-on cost $15/month for unlimited calling and texting which is a nice flat rate compared to Metro’s varying rates that depend on the amount of minutes you want.
Metro by T-Mobile Vs Cricket Wireless
Like Metro, Cricket is owned by one of the four major cell phone carriers (AT&T). Unlike Metro by T-Mobile, Cricket does include international services in their Unlimited and Unlimited Extra plan where customers can text to phones in 37 different countries.
Cricket’s pricing for their international add-ons is simpler than Metro’s. For $5/month you can make calls to landlines in 35 different countries and for $15/month you can also text to those countries as well as call (up to 1,000 minutes) to people in 31 different countries.
Metro by T-Mobile has the edge over Cricket Wireless when it comes to the amount of countries included in their international add-ons. With Metro’s Global Voice you can reach over 140 different countries.