AT&T to slash international data roaming prices on July 17th

“One of the advantages of AT&T’s GSM iPhones (and iPads) is that they can roam just about anywhere in the world fairly easily,” Seth Weintraub reports for 9to5Mac. “For that convenience, AT&T charges a hefty – some would say exorbitant – fee.”

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“Today, AT&T has announced a significant (2.5-5x) drop in international fees,” Weintraub reports. “You get 2.5 times the data for $25 which is now set at 50MB. At the high end, you get 4x the data, 800MB, for $200. And overages used to cost $5/MB(!!); now it is ‘just’ $10/10MB.”

More details in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

9 Comments

  1. Big whoop! How bout $9.99 for unlimited texting for entire family like T-Mobile? No doubt that will disappear after the merger! At least I still have unlimited data! That will keep me on board for a while!

  2. To be fair, the roaming rates are very complicated and have to be negotiated one by one between AT&T and the foreign carriers. I think AT&T’s iPhone roaming data charge is pretty convenient because you can now turn it on and off from an iPhone app.

    1. Considering that the US and Canada are around the top of fees in the words, I doubt other carriers’ fees are a reason for our ridiculous thievery/roaming charges.

      And the fact that they even CAN drop their prices this much just puts a spotlight on how outrageous their rates are.

  3. I think it’s kind of like what they did to get subscribe knowing Verizon will get the iPhone.

    So I think AT&T knows soon you’ll be able to easily use other networks while overseas, so they are trying to get as much subscribers now.

    iPhone 5 the world phone.

    Remember no corporations ever reduce their prices just because they care about you, it’s always about what’s best for their bottom line.

  4. Roaming has never made sense to me. This article would be better to state it this way: The advantage of a GSM phone is that you can take it oversea and use it in most countries (can’t say the same for the Verizon alternative technology) since most countries use GSM. To avoid insane roaming charges, just buy a local prepay SIM.

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