AT&T Rolls Out Cheaper International Data Add-Ons
AT&T has gone ahead and dramatically cut the prices on their Data Global add-on packages, aka their International Data packages. For starters, the basic $24.99 package now offers customers a 50MB allowance, whereas it used to be just 25MB. Previously, the $59.99 package provided 50MB of data, and now for $49.99, customers can get 125mb of international data. And if you go over your allowance, AT&T will charge users $10 for each 10mb. In contrast, overage charges were used to be a whopping $5 per megabyte, so this is quite the improvement for your wallets. And for those who are especially data hungry, the $199.99 package now provides users with 800mb instead of just 200MB. All of these add-on packages will work with most of AT&T’s smartphones, including the iPhone 4, 3GS, and their Android line-up.
This new pricing will go into effect on July 17th, which is hopefully in time for your summer international travel plans, if you’re lucky enough to have any. Overall, this is great news for travelers, since they’ll be less inclined to pick up a local prepaid SIM card in the country they’re traveling too. Read on for the full details on the new pricing.
• 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
AT&T has also announced two new 4G LTE devices, the AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G and AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G. Both devices sport a microSD card slot, they can work globally in over 200 countries, and they can support up to 5 devices at once via WiFi. The AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G is especially spiffy with its 1.77″ display. You can also get up and running with this device without having to install any software, instead its LCD screen can guide the user through set-up.
But unfortunately, at the moment AT&T’s 4G LTE network is set to launch in just 5 markets which include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, which leaves many markets out in the cold. However, AT&T has plans to expand the network to at least 15 markets around the U.S. by the end of the year.