This should come as welcome news for subscribers of AT&T (check out our 2017 review of the carrier) who are planning to go abroad during the upcoming holidays -- the second biggest wireless carrier in the United States has decided to update its Passport international data roaming packages. Travel happy customers can now avail of unlimited text messaging plus a gigabyte of data by making a one time $60 payment. For those who want more data, they can choose to get the 3 gigabyte option, which fetches for twice the price ($120).
While it is true that AT&T’s Passport plans have been made more practical, there are a couple of things that interested parties need to know -- if they use up all the gigabytes they have, they can expect to pay $50 for every additional gigabyte they use beyond their original allotment. On top of that, phone calls made to any country will be at $0.35 every minute.
It goes without saying that other national carriers in America also have their own take on international data roaming packages. Industry leader Verizon Wireless, for instance, offers customers 100 megabytes at a price of $25 per month outside the country, and then every extra 100 megabyte used is charged at $25.
As for T-Mobile, the Uncarrier has a plan that delivers unlimited data, free of charge, but the connection speed is only at 128 kbps. For faster speeds, it does offer the T-Mobile One Plus plan, which can provide slightly better speeds of 256 kbps, and for those traveling to Mexico or Canada, they can get to enjoy LTE speeds while visiting those countries.
Sprint similarly offers a free data package, but like T-Mobile’s offer, the connection speed is not exactly one to brag about. Still, customers of the number four mobile operator in America do enjoy the option to avail of a pass. Or better yet, they can opt to get weekly passes, which typically are made available for $25 every week.
Compared to other carriers’ offers, AT&T does have some advantages. For one, it looks to be a better deal for those visiting other countries for extended periods of time, and want to experience fast data while at the same time, getting to keep their own phone number.
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