AT&T introduces new international plans, monthly 'Mobility Administrative Fee'

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| May 23, 2013

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That Red Aurora Galaxy S 4 isn't the only thing that AT&T is announcing today, as the big blue carrier has also taken the wraps off of some new international packages. First up is a trio of cruise ship-focused offerings meant to help keep users connected while traveling the seas. The AT&T Cruise Ship plans are available on Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises, as well as select Celebrity Cruise ships. Here are the three plans that can be purchased:

  • AT&T Cruise Ship Calling: Includes 50 minutes for $30 per month
  • AT&T Cruise Ship Calling and Messaging: Offers 50 minutes of talk and 100 text/picture/video messages sent for $60 per month
  • AT&T Cruise Ship Calling, Messaging and Data: Includes 50 minutes, 100 messages sent and 100MB of data for $120 per month

AT&T today also announced a new international long distance messaging plan. Dubbed "AT&T International Long Distance Messaging 1000," the new offering includes 1,000 text/picture/video messages sent for $15 per month. Users are able to send messages to international numbers in over 120 countries. AT&T also offers a international messaging plan with 100 messages that's priced at $10 per month.

There's also some less-than-exciting AT&T news today. It's been revealed that as of May 1, AT&T began charging its postpaid customers a monthly "Mobility Administrative Fee" of $0.61 per line. AT&T says that the "below the line" fee covers things like the charges that it incurs to interconnect calls with customers on other carriers, as well as charges related to cell site rent and maintenance. When asked about the fee, AT&T told The Verge that its new fee is "consistent with similar fees charged by other carriers."

Additional fees that are tacked on to the end of a cellphone bill are never exciting, and so I'm sure that this latest fee won't sit well with most AT&T customers. However, it doesn't appear that there's much that AT&T folk can do about the charge, save for straight up leaving for another carrier, which could end up being pretty expensive for subscribers with multiple lines or a long contract ahead of them. More details on AT&T's additional charges can be found right here.

Via AT&T (1), (2), The Verge, AT&T forums