AT&T, probably realizing that virtually no one has any good incentive to use their current international plans, has created a pair of plans just for students and teachers headed to other lands for studies.
AT&T’s new Study Abroad wireless packages provide international calling, texting, and data at prices that are far lower than the exorbitant amount AT&T usually charges for international service. Instead, those eligible can choose to pay $60 per month for 250 minutes, 250 outgoing texts, and 250 MB of data or $90 per month for 400 minutes, 400 outgoing texts, 400 MB of data, and 1 GB of Wi-Fi data, and I have no idea what they’re doing charging for Wi-Fi.
Anyway, the plans aren’t terrible, although a lot of people are going to balk at low amounts of data. If you think you can stay under those caps, the prices are somewhat reasonable, although it would still be a hard sell to say this is preferable to some mixture of Skype, free Wi-Fi, a local phone plan, and using the Internet at wherever you call home in your new country. Still, it’s not a bad way for AT&T users to continue to use their same phone, with their same phone number (a big advantage, admittedly), in another land for a reasonable monthly cost. AT&T will ask for proof of enrollment in a study abroad program, of course, but if you’re covered there, the new packages are at least worth considering. You can sign up for one of those new packages as soon as August 9.