If you’re traveling to Paris or Tokyo or some such far off international land and you don’t possess an unlocked phone then listen up. AT&T on Friday detailed new discounted global packages for calling, texting and data, which go into effect today.
Everything is broken up into different geographic categories, with minute plans being quarantined into Canada and Mexico, Europe and the rest of the world. AT&T says each plan is ideal for those planning short trips, though there’s no rates listed for anything other than a month.
Traveling to Mexico? Buy 500 minutes for $120/month ($0.50/min overage). Or if you’re going to England, you can buy a whole 30 minutes, a half hour, for $30/month ($1/min overage). Anywhere else in the world, like Australia, will run customers $30/month for 15 minutes, with $2/min overage.
Frequent texters can purchase a $60/month package that will give users 600 texts, for those “I wish u were here” moments, according to AT&T. How quaint. There are other plans as well, but chances are travelers will prefer the higher package option. AT&T also detailed a new data add-on package, which graciously offers users who purchase a 300 MB or 800 MB plan access to 1GB of AT&T Wi-Fi.
For a full detailed breakdown of AT&T’s brand new travel packages, check out the press release below.
New AT&T Global Packages Make it More Affordable for Travelers to Call, Text, Tweet and Post Abroad
On Nov. 16, AT&T Will Launch New Travel Minutes Calling Packages, A New Global Messaging 600 Package and New Wi-Fi Capabilities for Select Data Global Add-On Packages
Dallas, Texas, November 15, 2012
For anyone planning an international getaway, AT&T* today announced the launch of new discount roaming packages for calling and messaging, as well as new Wi-Fi capabilities on select AT&T Data Global Add-On packages. AT&T’s latest international offerings, which go into effect Nov. 16, are designed to give customers more choice, more value and more reasons to keep in touch when traveling abroad.
Calling: New AT&T Travel Minutes
AT&T will soon launch a trio of Travel Minutes packages that offer significant cost savings when making or receiving calls while traveling abroad. Ideal for anyone planning a short stay abroad, the new packages offer tremendous value over pay-per-use rates and help keep wireless bills predictable by giving customers a bucket of minutes for one flat price when roaming in more than 220 countries.
Joining the AT&T Canada and Mexico Travel Minutes package, which was introduced earlier this year but will now be available at a better value, are AT&T Europe Travel Minutes and AT&T Rest of World Travel Minutes. Customers planning a trip abroad, who would like the convenience of being able to place and receive calls at a discounted rate on the same number as they use at home, will simply select the appropriate Travel Minutes package based on the country or countries they will be visiting, and then select the amount of calling minutes that will best meet their needs.1
Canada and Mexico Travel Minutes, which covers voice calls made and received while traveling in Canada and Mexico, includes:
- 80 minutes of talk time for $30/month ($0.38 per minute effective rate)
- 200 minutes of talk time for $60/month ($0.30 per minute effective rate)
- 500 minutes of talk time for $120/month ($0.24 per minute effective rate)
Overage rate is $.50/min.
Europe Travel Minutes, which covers voice calls made and received while traveling in more than 40 European countries, includes:
- 30 minutes of talk time for $30/month ($1.00 per minute effective rate)
- 80 minutes of talk time for $60/month ($0.75 per minute effective rate)
- 200 minutes of talk time for $120/month ($0.60 per minute effective rate)
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:
- 15 minutes of talk time for $30/month ($2.00 per minute effective rate)
- 40 minutes of talk time for $60/month ($1.50 per minute effective rate)
- 100 minutes of talk time for $120/month ($1.20 per minute effective rate)
Overage rate is $2.00/min.
Messaging: New Global Messaging 600 Package
Whether it’s the standard “I wish u were here” text message or a more personalized and animated video message in front of some spectacular international landmark, being able to send a message from around the world to loved ones back home is definitely one of the perks of mobile technology. For those international travelers who want to share their adventures while on the go, AT&T is excited to introduce the new Global Messaging 600 package, which lets customers send 600 text, picture and video messages abroad for $60/month from more than 140 countries.2
The new Global Messaging 600 package, which replaces Global Messaging 500, offers significant savings when compared to international roaming pay-per-use messaging rates, which cost travelers $.50 per message sent for text messages and $1.30 per message sent for picture and video messages. In contrast, with the Global Messaging 600 package, customers just pay $.10 a message—regardless if it’s a text, picture or video message.
In addition to the Global Messaging 600 package, AT&T also offers Global Messaging 200 for $30/month and Global Messaging 50 for $10/month.
Data: New Wi-Fi Enhancement to Select Data Global Add-On Packages
In June, AT&T introduced its new lineup of Data Global Add-On packages that enable consumer and business customers to enjoy significant cost savings when accessing data in more than 140 countries.3 Beginning Nov. 16, customers who subscribe to either the 300MB or 800MB Data Global Add-On package will now be able to use the AT&T Wi-Fi International app to access up to 1GB of Wi-Fi each month, at no additional charge, at select AT&T International Wi-Fi hotspots.
International travelers can now enjoy cellular data on the go and also take advantage of Wi-Fi connections where they are available. The AT&T Wi-Fi international app is compatible with most smartphone operating systems.4 At launch, the Wi-Fi hotspots will be available in major cities within 14 countries, with expansion continuing throughout 2013.5
AT&T’s wireless customers enjoy a robust selection of world phones and international discount data, messaging and calling packages. With voice service in more than 225 countries, data coverage in more than 210 countries and ultra-fast 3G network services in more than 175 countries, AT&T customers can stay connected to the people, places and information that matters most when they travel abroad.
For more information on AT&T international services as well as travel tips, visit www.att.com/global.