International travel just got a little cheaper for AT&T customers. The wireless carrier today announced several new calling, texting, and Wi-Fi access plans for those traveling outside the U.S.
Effective tomorrow, the trio of new international offerings is aimed at providing more choices and better value for customers traveling abroad.
Three new Travel Minutes packages can be used to reduce the cost of making and receiving calls while roaming in more than 220 countries, offering what AT&T calls "tremendous value over pay-per-use rates."
AT&T introduced a Canada and Mexico Travel Minutes package earlier this year and is now adding calling plans for Europe and the rest of the world.
Canada and Mexico Travel Minutes provide 30 minutes for $30 per month; 200 minutes for $60; or 500 minutes for $120, with a $0.50 per minute overage charge.
Europe Travel Minutes provide 30 minutes for $30 per month; 80 minutes for $60; or 200 minutes for $120, with a $1 per minute overage charge.
Worried about racking up exorbitant roaming charges on an upcoming international trip? Well, if you're a Verizon customer then you're in luck.
The carrier just announced a new global data plan that will launch on April 23 and aims to "take the guesswork out of international travel." Under the plan, U.S.-based customers can get 100MB of data for $25 a month when traveling abroad. If you go over the allotment, Verizon will alert you, and give you the option of buying another 100MB for $25.
The new global data plan will be available in more than 120 locations, including all of Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada, Verizon said. Those traveling to countries not covered under the plan will be charged at $0.02 per KB.
While avid Facebookers will burn through that 100MB quickly, the new price is an improvement over existing plans. Under itsĀ current global data plans, Verizon offers 50MB for $30 a month, 150MB for $75, and 300MB for $125. Any overage is then billed at $5.12 per MB (or $2.05 per MB in Canada).