Ever returned from a relaxing vacation only to find an enormous phone bill waiting for you? Well, AT&T has promised to make traveling abroad more affordable with a new set of international roaming plans.
Joining the carrier’s Canada and Mexico plans that were introduced last June, the Europe and Rest of World options offer customers three different plans priced at $30, $60 and $120, with allotted minutes varying per region.
According to AT&T, the three new Travel Minutes packages will reduce the cost of making and receiving calls while roaming in more than 220 countries, as the company boasts coverage of more than 40 countries in Europe, as well as destinations in Asia, the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and Australia.
For users taking a Parisian getaway or traveling anywhere else on the continent, Europe Travel Minutes provide 30, 80 or 200 minutes of talk time for $30, $60 or $120 a month, respectively, with overage rates costing $1 per minute. Those hitting the Canadian ski trails or basking on the beaches of Mexico can pay $30, $60 or $120 a month for 80, 200 or 500 minutes of talk time. While Canada and Mexico Travel Minutes offer the most talk time, users will still be charged an overage fee of 50 cents per minute.
Adventurous travelers exploring the rest of the world will be allotted 15, 40 or 100 minutes of talk time for $30, $60 or $120 a month, with an overage fee of $2 per minute. Overall the calling plan is designed to save users money, as AT&T’s standard roaming rates without an international plan can range from $1.39/minute to $4.99/minute, depending on the location.
For those who tend to communicate more via text messages, the carrier has also altered its data and messaging rates, replacing the existing Global Messaging 500 plan for the new Messaging 600 package. Under the service, subscribers can send up to 600 text, picture, and video messages in 140 countries for $60 per month, which is a good deal when compared to the 50 cents per sent text message and $1.30 per sent multimedia message users would pay without a plan. Alternatively, AT&T also offers a Global Messaging 200 package, which includes 200 messages for $30 per month, or the Global Messaging 50 plan, which covers 50 messages for $10 per month.
To sweeten the deal for its 300MB or 800MB Data Global Add-On package customers, the carrier is also providing up to 1GB of free data each month when using AT&T Wi-Fi hot spots in 13 countries via the company’s Wi-Fi International app.
Besides keeping track of their usage and allotted minutes when traveling, users should also keep in mind that only quad-band phones that support the 900 and 1800 GSM networks, which are used outside the United States, will be functional when abroad.