I’m a huge fan of my T-Mobile data plan, mainly for the unlimited global data… Once I get it working, it generally keeps working, but getting the settings just right can be tricky because my phone is a Verizon phone, and I use Verizon primarily when I am at home in the US. Here’s what I have found that will get your T-Mobile International Roaming working on a [Verizon] Samsung Galaxy S5.
- Go to Settings -> More Networks -> Mobile networks
- Set Network Mode to LTE/GSM/UMTS
- Create a T-Mobile Access Point Name with the following specifications:
- Name: t-mobile
- APN: fast.t-mobile.com
- Proxy: Not set
- Port: Not set
- Username: Not set
- Password: Not set
- Server: Not set
- MMSC: https://mms.msg.eng.t-mobile.com/mms.wapenc
- Multimedia message proxy: Not set
- Multimedia message port: Not set
- MCC: 310
- MNC: 260
- Authentication type: Not set
- APN type: Not set
- APN protocol: IPv4
- APN roaming protocol: IPv4
- Mobile virtual network operator type: Not set
- Mobile virtual network operator value: Not set
That should do the trick! If for some reason it’s still not working, here are a few other things you can try.
- Restart the phone.
- Go back into Mobile Networks and manually choose your Network Operator. I usually find that one network is significantly superior to the others.
- Go back into Mobile Networks and toggle between Network Mode Global and Network Mode LTE/GSM/UMTS.
There’s definitely some trial and error that goes into getting the settings to work perfectly, and sometimes I find that even when moving from one country to another I need to play around with the settings a bit, but this should get you on the right track!
Big fan of the free intl roaming too. But it shouldnt be necessary to change any settings (other than to allow roaming) Those APN settings should already be in place as they are also used for your data when you’re home in the USA
Ah — should have mentioned. I have a Verizon contract that I use primarily for my within-US use. Since my phone is also a Verizon phone, it doesn’t pre-populate quite as nicely as if it were not a carrier specific phone.
So do you pay For two plans? The cheapest tmobile plan is $50 correct? I was thinking of doing the same but the cost is deterring me
Yes, I have two plans. With T-Mobile I only have their 1GB/month (domestic) mobile internet plan, which only costs $20/month, but doesn’t have any calling features either in the US or abroad. For me though, data is much more valuable as I can always make a call over skype or send a text or email instead as long as I have data.
Princess , I’m a sim card switcher and have often thought about T mobile’s international roaming plan . Two question’s . Do you deactivate the plan when not traveling ? I understand the speed with this plan is slower but is it fine for internet phone calls and using the internet ? Thank you
I do not deactivate the plan when I’m in the US for a couple of reasons. 1) I travel outside of the US usually once per month or more 2) It’s not the intended use of the plan, and I don’t want T-Mobile to boot me and 3) I consider it an extra 1 GB of domestic data because sometimes I get very close to going over the data included with my primary plan.
I have found the speed to be plenty sufficient for internet, emails, maps, etc, but it is a little slower. For phone calls over the internet it kind of depends. If it is a good coverage area it works fine, sometimes it’s a little choppy, and sometimes it doesn’t work well enough to be worth it.
Hope that helps!