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AT&T Improves International Plans

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Oct 13, 2014, 9:10 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

AT&T today rolled out new service plans for use when traveling abroad. Under the new AT&T Passport plans, customers pay a one-time monthly fee for 30 days of access to international voice minutes, messaging, and data. The plans automatically expire. Each includes unlimited messaging and unlimited access to AT&T's Wi-Fi hotspots. The least expensive option costs $30 and includes 120MB of data and $1-per-minute voice calls. The $60 option improves the data allotment to 300MB and drops the per-minute cost of voice calls to $0.50. The $120 option boosts data to 800MB and drops the per-minute cost of voice calls to $0.35. Before today, AT&T required customers to select separate voice, messaging, and data plans when traveling abroad. The new plans combine all three services in a less-expensive package. AT&T said its month-to-month AT&T Global rates are still available to those who travel frequently and need access beyond 30 days. Data-only Passport and Global packages are also available for tablets, laptops, and other data-only devices.

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Oct 13, 2014, 9:45 AM


All the carriers including MVNO's entice you with their international plans. VoIP is the best viable option and much cheaper.
If you have android or IOs, you can download one of the many many apps where you can use your phone overseas for cents on the dollar and you pre-pay for the minutes you use and can research the country you are travelling to and the rates. I have used this and it works very very well. No need to get a local SIM card or use your local US carriers outrageous international roaming rates.
Using VOIP implies that you will have access to WiFi, which, depending on where you are, you might not. Granted, if you have access to free or cheap WIFI that would be the best option, but not everyone travelling abroad has that option.

Oct 13, 2014, 11:05 AM

International roaming is a rip-off on most carriers

If you have a roaming capable phone, it is much less expensive to have your phone unlocked and use a local carriers SIM card and service.

T-Mobile is the only US carrier who has this right-- they offer prices competitive to local carriers for roaming and calling home, and even throw in data (albeit 2G).
the only problem with using a local carriers sim is that your device would have to be unlocked and most people are within contract on that phone, so they dont have that option
T-Mobile can offer lower prices on international roaming only because they ARE an international carrier to begin with, and thus when overseas the phone is actually on a network owned by the same company, from T-Mobile to another Deutsche Telecom carri...
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