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AT&T Revamps International iPhone Data Plans
For the second time in less than a year...
by Karl Bode 12:16PM Tuesday Aug 26 2008
It appears that AT&T has yet again revamped their international data plan prices for the iPhone. In a plan unveiled last November, customers shelled out $24.99 for 20MB or $59.99 for 50MB when traveling in 67 AT&T-approved countries. Starting Wednesday, AT&T users can add (and drop) two new international traveling plans to their current plan at any time: 100MB for $120, and 200MB for $200. "AT&T has worked diligently to provide affordable options for international roaming because the feature-rich mobile experience of iPhone is indispensable to users," insists AT&T. That, and many customers were having to take out second mortgages to pay their vacation iPhone bills.

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Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

Billing?

How does it work when It can take a month or 2 for international to show up? Will just haveing the plan on your bill for the time used be ok? or must it be on there for the time billed and will it have roll over and a full refund if there is 0 international data use?

Toadman
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join:2001-11-28
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Not for the Businessman

This pricing structure makes no sense. Why wouldn't you use a Blackberry and get a flat rate for data. My company ends up paying something like $64.00 a month for unlimited data (including webbrowsing) and I use it internationally (Hong Kong and Thailand just 2 weeks ago).

RARPSL

join:1999-12-08
Suffern, NY

Re: Not for the Businessman

said by Toadman:

This pricing structure makes no sense. Why wouldn't you use a Blackberry and get a flat rate for data. My company ends up paying something like $64.00 a month for unlimited data (including webbrowsing) and I use it internationally (Hong Kong and Thailand just 2 weeks ago).
Which brings up an interesting issue. If the Blackberry has an "all you can eat" flat international rate, why is the iPhone metered? There are a number of stories I have seen but people who switch to the iPhone and run up major bills for international type usage that did not occur with their Blackberry.

cluster5

join:2005-10-12
BlackBerry deals mostly with e-mail (BIS et BES). Most of that traffic is highly compressed and become really small.

I can do over 100 e-mails in one day on my BB (BIS) and get by with under 100KB. Try doing that on a WM or iPhone.

WiseOldBear
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join:2001-11-25
Phoenix, AZ

1 recommendation

I'll Wait for T-Mobile Android

Thanks but no thanks. With all the screaming and hollering about the new iphone, I'll just wait impatiently for the new T-Mobile android from HTC.
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tad2020

join:2007-07-17
Orange, CA

Umm...

Wouldn't it just be cheaper to get new iPhone service in the country your visiting instead?

A dollar per megabyte? What is this? The 1980's?

supergirl

join:2007-03-20
Pensacola, FL

Re: Umm...

said by tad2020:

Wouldn't it just be cheaper to get new iPhone service in the country your visiting instead?

A dollar per megabyte? What is this? The 1980's?
When I go to Europe, I get a throw-away cellphone and leave the one I have here. Way cheaper.
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banditws6
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Re: Umm...

said by supergirl:

When I go to Europe, I get a throw-away cellphone and leave the one I have here. Way cheaper.
Same thing. I spend a lot of time in Thailand and usually just get a cheap prepaid phone that I can top up occasionally. I love wireless service over there -- you never pay for incoming calls or texts!
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supergirl

join:2007-03-20
Pensacola, FL

Re: Umm...

said by banditws6:

said by supergirl:

When I go to Europe, I get a throw-away cellphone and leave the one I have here. Way cheaper.
Same thing. I spend a lot of time in Thailand and usually just get a cheap prepaid phone that I can top up occasionally. I love wireless service over there -- you never pay for incoming calls or texts!
Same in Europe. Coverage is excellent. Using cell in Europe shows just how bad cell sucks in the USA. Why can't we have ONE system here? Why? Why? Why?
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JasonOD

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said by tad2020:

A dollar per megabyte? What is this? The 1980's?
Think ATT doesn't gouge those internationally data roaming on their network? It's the 'I rip your customers off, and you rip off mine' agreement between international carriers. There is no incentive for any cooperation between international carriers.

As suggested, just pick up (or ebay from here) an unlocked phone at your destination. You'd be amazed at the selection.

insomniac84

join:2002-01-03
Schererville, IN

Re: Umm...

Don't you just need to pick up a foreign sim? Assuming of course your phone supports the international frequencies.

wifi4milez
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join:2004-08-07
New York, NY

Re: Umm...

said by insomniac84:

Don't you just need to pick up a foreign sim? Assuming of course your phone supports the international frequencies.
The biggest issue with that (especially if you are using it for business) is that you then dont get to use your US phone number. Almost all cheap international prepaid SIM's only support voice anyway (certainly not 3G), so its kind of pointless.
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flankspeed8

join:2001-07-20
Hastings, MN
Iphone supports the freq but is locked as to not allow any non-AT&T sim.

morbo
Complete Your Transaction

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idiots

people are idiots. simple. in what world does it make sense to pay that much for data while overseas?
ImBatman

join:2004-04-21
Lancaster, CA

I wouldnt use AT&T if they paid me

After the hell Ive been through with AS&S, they can go to their own hell.
Check it out:
1. in 1999 I moved, went with them. Within a month the phone was cut off. The reason? "We always cut off phone service when the bill gets high on new customers". The issue? Over $300 in calling card calls were made. The problem? The latest calls were made 3 days prior to our acct. having been opened. And, we had a No Calling Card clause added to our service. Their fix? We would still have to wait for an investigation to get our phone turned back on. My fix? AT&T can go to hell.

Want more reason? Try this.
How many times would you say is enough before you red flag a name for potentially fraudulent accounts? Once, twice, three times? Try four or five times! That's right. These boneheads allowed someone to open an account fraudulently four or five times.
What I havent figured out is why a bill was never sent to the so-called billing address; but, a collection agency's settlement offer is? And, why would they allow an account to be opened at a different address?
So many questions, no answers.
But, I do have one answer for AS&S: Go to hell.

ifarrell

join:2000-08-10
Willow Spring, NC

Yea, right!

Shouldn't AT&T's comment be :
"AT&T has worked diligently to provide unaffordable options for international roaming because the rich users are indispensable to us,"