AT&T has finally added a somewhat competitive international data plan, which is long overdue.
AT&T’s new international data plan
On Friday we’ll see the introduction of the AT&T International Day Pass, where you can talk and text all you want, and use your data plan in over 100 countries. The cost will per $10 per day per device for any 24 hour period.
Here’s how AT&T describes the International Day Pass:
- Add to each device one time and it’s available whenever you travel within the 100+ countries unless you remove the feature.
- Use in our most popular destinations in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean – like the U.K., France, Italy, China, India, Jamaica and the Bahamas – as well as all of Central and South America.
- Access your plan data and get unlimited calls within International Day Pass countries and back to the U.S., as well as unlimited texts to the world at no additional charge.
AT&T is copying Verizon’s TravelPass, which offers a similar plan in 100+ countries around the world. The offerings of the two carriers are virtually identical.
This is a massive improvement over AT&T’s old offering (or lack thereof). They were by far the worst of the major carriers in terms of their international data offerings. In fact, that’s why I left them last year, and I haven’t looked back since.
How does AT&T’s new plan stack up?
I switched to T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan last June, and have been so happy with it. My bill is half of what it was with AT&T, I can tether from my phone (which some AT&T plans allow, but not the one I had), and most importantly, I get free data and 20 cent per minute calls in 140+ countries. I couldn’t be happier with T-Mobile.
The catch is that T-Mobile offers 2G data internationally, which is slow. That doesn’t bother me much, though they offer faster data in Canada and Mexico, and also sometimes have promotions for faster data in other regions.
However, if you want faster speeds, there’s the new T-Mobile ONE Plus offering, which is still a great deal, and gives you faster international data.
Meanwhile I should mention that Tiffany swears by Google Project Fi, though it’s slightly over my head. 😉
AT&T’s new International Day Pass is a massive improvement over their current offerings. However, at best it means they’re not way behind all their competition anymore. I suspect this will prevent some AT&T customers from leaving, though I don’t see anyone switching to AT&T because of this.
In the meantime I’m still loving T-Mobile…
What do you make of AT&T’s new international data option, and will it impact whether you stay with them?