AT&T actually describes them as more affordable, which is apt. While their new global packages aren’t particularly cheap, they’re a lot more affordable than the exorbitant amount you would otherwise need to pay if you want to use your phone while traveling abroad.
But, recognizing that international travel is probably only going to become more commonplace, AT&T is rolling out new global packages for minutes and texting on November 16 that should help to prevent those shocking wireless bills that get up into the thousands. You can check out the details below, but the gist is that you’ll be able to buy one month’s worth of minutes or texting for a flat fee, depending on what part of the world you’ll be traveling in. The cost for minutes is the same everywhere – a $30/$60/$120 tiered pricing plan. Those prices will get you more minutes if you’re traveling in Canada or Mexico, and less if you’re traveling in Europe or other parts of the world.
The new texting package is called the Global Messaging 600 Package, and provides users with 600 text, picture, or video messages for $60 per month. That pricing is uniform for all participating countries (which is most of them – over 140).
No new data plans are in store, although, if you purchase an existing international data plan, you’ll now receive 1 GB of AT&T international Wi-Fi for free. Of course, if you can find free Wi-Fi on your own without using AT&T’s networks, so much the better, so I’m not sure how attractive that deal really is.
Canada and Mexico Travel Minutes, which covers voice calls made and received while traveling in Canada and Mexico, includes:
Overage rate is $.50/min.
Europe Travel Minutes, which covers voice calls made and received while traveling in more than 40 European countries, includes:
Overage rate is $1.00/min.
Rest of World Travel Minutes, which covers voice calls made and received in most of the countries not covered by the other two packages, includes:
Overage rate is $2.00/min.