January 25, 2017
Finally AT&T is Updating International Plans
Straight to the Point
AT&T is finally overhauling its international roaming plans to better compete with T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon. The plans go into effect this Friday, January 27. Here’s what you need to know about the International Day Pass:
- The plan costs $10 per day.
- You get unlimited texting in over 100 countries.
- You get unlimited calling within the International Day Pass country and back the US.
- You can use your existing data plan in the International Day Pass country.
- You can add the day pass through the myAT&T app or by calling AT&T.
For $10 per day, you’ll be able to access your existing data bucket while abroad. For example, if your family plan is 20GB per month, you can tap into that 20GB allotment while you’re in one of the Day Pass countries. The other development is the free calling. This isn’t quite as big of a deal as the data roaming since most people should know to use VOIP calls by now-but it will make life heck of a lot easier since you won’t have to deal with the hassle of relying on internet calls when traveling.
Here are the links to the other major phone carriers in the US if you want to compare their international plans:
I’ve been using AT&T for over a decade now and have had to deal with its annoyingly expensive international plans. In my experience, the best thing about AT&T’s international network partners is that the networks pretty much always works, and they’re blazing fast. I’m very impatient when it comes to internet speed, so I love being able to switch on my data when I need it abroad and have instant LTE speed if it’s available in the country. Obviously I use wifi when I can and always have one of AT&T’s roaming plans active when I’m abroad-but it aint cheap!
For someone like me, the International Day Pass is a great change as it will significantly reduce my data roaming bill and I’ll finally be able to make cellular calls instead of relying on FaceTime calls over Wi-Fi. That being said, I wouldn’t call the Day Pass a particularly cheap option-it’s just finally comparable to what the others in the industry are charging.
If you want the cheapest international roaming plan, I’d recommend looking into T-Mobile. T-Mobile’s plans come with free international data. The only caveat is that the free plan is capped at a 2G speed-which is glacially slow. That’s the speed the original iPhone ran on. However, you do have the option of buying high speed roaming day passes or week passes from T-Mobile if that’s important to you.