Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second largest city, may be best known for the grand carnival it hosts every year, but this time around, the city is expected to be chock-a-block with foreign tourists because of the summer Olympics that are scheduled to start later this week. Even with all the political uncertainties in the country, reports of construction issues, fears about street crimes and the headline-grabbing Zika virus, millions of people are expected to travel to the city over the next few weeks. While visitors from all around the world are likely to pour into Rio, Americans are expected to form a significant chunk of the total number of visitors traveling to the country this summer to watch their favorite sports stars in action in the 31st Olympiad.
After T-Mobile announced a similar scheme last month, it is now the turn of Sprint to announce that as part of its ‘Open World’ initiative, it will offer its customers traveling to Brazil unlimited high-speed data during the Olympics. The offer, however, is a time-limited one, and will apply from today thru to the 31st of this month. The carrier had earlier announced that its Brazil-bound customers will be able to enjoy unlimited talk and text in the South American country during the games, but the announcement of unlimited high-speed data now surely makes it a lucrative proposition to be on Sprint if you’re planning to travel to Brazil to catch a glimpse of the Usain Bolts and the Michael Phelps in what could very well be the swansong for both the highly-decorated athletes.
According to the press release from Sprint, qualified customers without international roaming on their plans will also be able to activate Sprint Open World for free either by logging on to a dedicated webpage on Sprint’s website or by walking into a Sprint retail outlet. While the unlimited high-speed data offer is valid only in Brazil for just this month, the carrier is also offering its customers year-long unlimited talk and text facilities in a number of countries on the continent, including Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Easter Island, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. As for data, though, the carrier says its customers will be entitled to just the 1GB of high-speed data in these regions before it starts billing them for additional usage. The carrier is also offering unlimited text in an additional 120 international markets worldwide, but voice calls in those regions will be charged at 20¢ per minute, while data will be charged at 3¢ per MB.