Travelling outside the US us shady
Most people don't know that outside the US (well even in the US) towers can be owned by individuals, and guess what they forward the metering amounts to the billing department.
A few times when I traveled to Mexico I made one call for 1-2 minutes, to later be billed for 20 minutes and 500 MB of data (and yes I know what I am doing). $500 bill. Good thing I wasn't paying because Verizon was like go f**k yourself we have the data. Yet another reason to never have a contract plan (unless someone else is paying)
This practice is also prevalent in many other countries, so my take on this is buy a local prepaid SIM card and protect yourself from predatory local carriers and predatory AT&T pricing.
The european rates are sky high. ONLY if you are dialing a mobile in Europe is it expensive (say 17-20p). If I dial to the US we are talking about 3p (maybe 4c) At T $1 a minute they are raking it in, and you have to sign up for a PLAN? WTF are they smoking. I guess they are just taking advantage of corporate folks on this one.
My current bill is about $200/mo w/ big red. 1200 minutes, 5GB Canada Plan (that means I can roam data/voice in Canada). No texting included, but that is what GV is for. Talk about profit...
Why would I have to sign up for a plan to get bent over for rates 30x higher than if you looked for 2 minutes you could get?
If you read the press event, you should see their texting fees (which are free if you know what you are doing) and data -- don't even try it.
So AT&T revamp again, and maybe you will be in 1985 prices soon.