If you travel overseas with your phone on a semi-regular basis, then you can attest to the fact that international roaming can cost an arm, a leg, a pretty penny, and just about every other cliché term for expensive combined. AT&T is making data use overseas a little cheaper on July 17th, though, with the introduction of a revamped set of international data package tiers. The new offerings are as follows:
As you can see, the new plans are pretty decent, especially since you'll be getting at least double the amount of data for the same or, in some cases, even less than you're paying today. That said, it's probably quite a bit cheaper to grab a SIM card from a carrier local to wherever you're traveling and go that route. If you're looking take the more simplified route (and who wouldn't be interested in making an international trip easier?), though, AT&T's new data plans may just be the way to go. Just be sure to keep an eye on that data usage, ya hear?
International Travelers Can Use A Lot More Data With New Global Packages From AT&T
Available July 17, New Packages Will Offer Better Value and More than Double the Data Allowance in Over 100 Countries
Dallas, Texas, July 12, 2011
AT&T* today announced a new lineup of AT&T Data Global Add-On packages that will make it more affordable than ever for wireless customers to enjoy data services while traveling internationally. Launching July 17, the upgraded packages** give customers more than double the data allowance of current packages and offer additional savings.
The new international data package tiers are:
50MB package for $24.99/month compared to the current 20MB package for $24.99/month
125MB package for $49.99/month compared to the current 50MB package for $59.99/month
275MB package for $99.99/month compared to the current 100MB package for $119.99/month
800MB package for $199.99/month compared to the current 200MB package for $199.99/month
Designed to give customers the freedom and flexibility to use data abroad, without having to search for a Wi-Fi hotspot, the new packages make it more convenient and affordable for international travelers to use their smartphone, tablet or laptop to stay in touch via email, update their status on popular social networking sites and enjoy convenient access to information such as maps and directions.
“Mobile data is a huge part of our customers’ wireless experience—whether they are in the United States or traveling around the globe,” said Bill Hague, executive vice president of International, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “We’ve long offered more phones that can be used internationally than our competitors, and now we’re delivering industry-leading value with redesigned international data packages.”
AT&T’s wireless customers enjoy a robust selection of world phones and international discount data, messaging and voice packages, along with the broadest global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. With voice service in more than 220 countries, AT&T customers can travel around the globe and make and receive calls on the same wireless number they use at home. AT&T also offers data roaming service (email, web browsing) in more than 200 countries, including 3G speeds in more than 140 countries, including Japan and South Korea. Coverage is also available on more than 140 major cruise ships.
For more information on other AT&T international services, including discount packages for messaging, voice and international long distance services, as well as travel tips, visit www.att.com/global.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
**Overage rate is $10 for each 10MB of data used in a billing cycle. Data allowance and overage rates apply in more than 100 countries. Visit att.com/globalcountries for a list of included countries.
***The new AT&T Data Global Add-On packages provide discounted data rates in over 100 countries. Outside of these countries, pay-per-use rates apply.
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