T-Mobile Gives Customers Free Data, Calls in Brazil for Rio Games

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Heading to Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio? If you're a T-Mobile customer, you might be tempted to book a ticket today.

The self-proclaimed "un-carrier" on Thursday announced it will offer its Simple Choice postpaid customers free unlimited data throughout Brazil during the entire month of August, plus free calls back home to the US, and free texting worldwide. Simple Choice customers don't have to do anything to get these benefits.

"Get off the plane in Rio and your phone just works at absolutely no additional cost," T-Mobile said.

In a statement, T-Mobile CEO John Legere criticized rival AT&T, which is charging customers $50 for its Brazil Summer add-on, which offers 1GB of roaming data and access to more than 1,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in the country. According to Legere, AT&T "introduced a new 'Brazil plan' last month, so their customers can foot the bill for AT&T's VIP parties and private suites in Rio."

T-Mobile will also offer parents, spouses, and siblings of US athletes a free Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Samsung Gear 360 camera along with free T-Mobile service they can use throughout the Summer Games in Brazil.

"If a member of your family qualifies for the biggest global sporting event on the planet, your damn phone bill is the last thing you want to worry about," Legere said. Family members of US athletes headed to Brazil can visit this site or contact [email protected] to take advantage of this offer.

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