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AT&T international roaming $10/day plan

Discussion in 'Wireless News' started by KevinJames, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. KevinJames

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    I kinda, sorta envy you. I'd always wanted to travel. Got to take a few cruises while working for AT&T, but you know how those things are: In port in morning, gone by evening. Can't really get to know the locals, onslaught of vendors selling their wears. Really, the best memories I have are on the ship itself. The ports are all a blur. (Except for St. Thomas. That's where I bought my Canon 7D.)
     
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    Vf, I am a bit confused as to why this is a better plan the existing passport plans, at least for my use.

    As an example the $60 plan is 300 mb of data for a month. With the new plans, if I am out of the country for 15 days and used it everyday for checking emails, I would not be using anywhere near 300 mb but would be paying $150. Is this correct or am I reading it wrong?

    Please tell me the existing passport plans are not going to be replaced by this new plan?

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    I don't work for ATT, so we will have to wait for Friday to see what stays or goes away.

    Yes, your example would be expensive. But another one, more realistic for me, is far better: 5 day trip to France and I can use 5 Gb of data and the cost is $50. For a personal or business trip this is great if I wish to use Maps, FB, social media, hotspot for my iPad.

    Hopefully they will keep,both options as you say. If not a wise combination of hotel WiFi and wireless will manage your costs down.




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    The $10 sounds like adding feature parity to the VZW offering: https://www.verizonwireless.com/solutions-and-services/international-travel/

    Since VZW has both Daily and Monthly (Passport equivalent) plans I don't think AT&T will replace one with another, more likely just add it as an option. It is something that I would consider if I went somewhere for 1-2 days. Anything over that is usually not worth it for me compared to a local SIM, and since I don't have to give the local number to anybody to stay available buying local SIMs doesn't bother me at all.
     
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    $10 a day is a bit steep, but for 2 or 3 days, it would be okay for most if they used a lot of data.

    In the past I used local SIM cards when overseas.

    Now with Project Fi, I feel like the major carriers think they can really stick it to ya if you travel overseas.
     
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    I'm getting no options, just the $10 per day plan.

    Is that what you see?

    One point: the $10/24 hour period gives unlimited talk back to the USA AND between countries. Obviously with a country too. Same with text.

    The older plans had a small limit on talk.

    Anyhow they say it's the best option but I no longer see a monthly plan?

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    I'm seeing options.
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    Maybe I need to look at the full web page. MyATT mobile isn't giving those options.


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    This is what myAT&T app is showing. Maybe it's different on iOS.
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    Yeah, sure, it's an iOS problem. . jK

    I went to the web page. It took awhile to see all the options, since the default option is this new daily passport.

    I think it's great! A normal trip for me is week, so I get the passport Silver for $60. And I just sneak in under 300 Mb. But voice calls are 50 cents per minute.

    So for an optional $10 per day, a week is $70 under the new option and I get free calls, and a whole lot more data, since it mimics my domestic plan. Best part is that I can control it.

    Granted, in Charlyee's example the outcome is different. So it's good they have the old plans for her.


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    Yes, I am glad they are keeping the old plans, I would go broke otherwise.

    My trips vary from 14-28 and I need to use the phone on cellular data just about everyday for GPS and email.

    Some days the email can wait until I get to wifi or hot spot if available, but that's not predictable.

    I can't access the passport plans through my app either, AT&T is really pushing the day pass but it is on their website.

    Hopefully it will be easier to access by the time my next trip happens.


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    I recently had a trip to the Bahamas. I did the $10 day pass. We were there almost 7 days.....but due to the charge being every 24 hours (I turned the phone off before my clock went past that last 24 hr) I was charged $60 bucks for 6 days worth of passes. I used probably 2 GB or so. Plus numerous phone calls...both in the Bahamas and back home.

    I used too much to be worth it to get the passport. For the $60 passport price I would have only got 300 MB...which would be gone in 10 seconds.....and my calls .50 a minute. The day pass was way better.

    Now if I went somewhere for 30 days....I dont know what I would do. The $300 in day passes is alot....and $120 passport for 800 MB isn't enough.
     
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    Could you buy a local SIM card? AT&T use to have an option for sending you an email when you had a voice mail and it would also attach the voice mail to listen to in the email. I use to do that when I had AT&T and traveled overseas.

    Your profile says you have a Note 4, if so, are you planning on getting a new phone? If so, get a phone that takes two SIM cards. You could put your AT&T SIM card in slot 2 and turn off the data so it only works for voice and text and a local SIM card in slot 1 for data. I did that with my Asus Zenfone when I traveled to France one year and it worked great.

    Currently I have a Google Nexus 6P and Google Project Fi is my carrier and they have the best overseas rate. Twenty cents per minute for calls and ten dollars for each GB of data.

    Hope you figure something out
     
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    You could ofcourse stay off your phone when you go on vacation unless it's an emergency.

    I typically take the $60 passport plan and that has worked well. I do have wifi available most of the time during my trips. My longest trip was 4 weeks.




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    I usually opt for a local SIM. It is typically a fraction of the cost of anything AT&T has to offer if I spend more than 2-3 days in a place. You can also get a free Google Voice number and forward your calls to that for the duration of the trip. Won't help with the text messages though unless you port your AT&T number to GV.
     
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    Nice review! You probably fit into the 90% of the people that travel and wish to roam. This is why ATT has this plan.

    For the typical vacationer or business traveler on a weeks stay this plan is perfect.

    My opinion? Getting a local sim is a pain in the butt. Especially for last minute business travel where spare time is nonexistent.

    Being able to use your home data plan gigabytes of usage and free phone calls is excellent. I'm glad they kept the old plans, but this new $10 a day plan is perfect for me and most people. I don't have to worry about forwarding calls , text messages, photo messages. To all it is transparent that I'm traveling and no extra expense for them or new numbers nor delay.

    Keeping your home number while traveling is really the way to go. If I was gone a month, that would be a different story. I would want a local number then,I think.


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