Subscribers of AT&T have not had good choices when it comes to options for international roaming.
The Passport plans for the carrier give tiny amounts of data even when at the highest tier that could make it less expensive to unlock the phone and use a SIM card that is travel friendly.
However, now the network has announced something for the traveler who does not want to pullback on their usage while outside the U.S.
AT&T is introducing “International Day Pass” that allows the user to take advantage of its domestic plan, including data use, in more than 100 countries at just a cost of $10 a day.
It goes further that that as well. Users are allowed unlimited calls to the U.S. and any country that is part of Day Pass and unlimited texts anywhere worldwide.
The passes become available starting January 27.
Nevertheless, some small print exists that needs to be perused in order for users not to be surprised. AT&T sells the pass by device, so it could become very expensive for connecting the entire family.
In addition, the company could pull access to your Day Pass if the usage for international data passes 50% of your plan for the past two straight months. The plan is meant more for short vacations and business trips than for extended stays.
In comparison to other options, the results are mixed. T-Mobile does not charge for use of international data, but you can find LTE speeds in Mexico and Canada. Everywhere else, there will be just 128Kbps.
Sprint has an offer that is similar but full-speed data must be paid for depending on where one travels and how much is used.
The best deal is likely Project Fi from Google. The price is $10 for each gigabyte of use, but calls are charged by the minute when not on WiFi and it cannot be used with all phones.
TravelPass from Verizon is an analogous alternative that charges $10 a day unless traveling to Mexico or Canada where it costs just $2.
The AT&T International Day Pass is a big improvement on its Passport and better than Sprint of T-Mobile if high speeds are wanted.
However, it is not likely the best overall choice if spending a great deal of time abroad or just the basics are needed and spending as little as possible is wanted.
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