AT&T, Verizon Change International Data Pricing
Almost-But-Not-Quite-Slightly-Less Obnoxiously Expensive
In an effort that will make mobile data consumption while traveling marginally less soul-crushingly costly, Verizon Wireless recently announced that the company has modified their international wireless data pricing. In a press statement
Verizon states that as of April 23, the new Verizon Wireless Global Data Plan offered U.S.-based customers 100 MB of data for $25 a month.
If you need another 100 MB, you pay another $25 MB -- meaning that unless youre a Kardashian or a CEO, you might want to hold off on Netflix streaming until youre back into your comfy abode. Users heading outside of the country are directed to this Verizon website
that will explore connectivity options for more than 200 countries.
Not to be outdone, AT&T this week also changed international wireless data pricing slightly
to better match Verizon. We want our customers to experience the same level of wireless connectivity while traveling abroad as they do at home," said AT&T SVP Mark Collins, ignoring the gigantic price differential. Starting today, AT&T's new international travel plans look like this:
•120 MB Data Global Add-on package for $30/month
•300 MB Data Global Add-on package for $60/month
•800 MB Data Global Add-on package for $120/month
That low end plan offers slightly more data (from 50 MB to 120 MB) for $5 more ($25 to $30) but remains largely useless for any serious user. The goal, as always, is to give the illusion of choice while driving users up the pricing scale. Overages for all of these new plans clock in at $30 for each additional 120 MB -- so the plans will certainly continue to put unobservant users in the poor house rather quickly.
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ET Could not afford to Phone home I have a picture in my head of ET opening up his phone bill after he "Phones Home" Wondering what an interstellar roaming charge is.
Still not as much as EU customers roaming... As of July 1st, the EU pay .87/MB (.70/MB) for data roaming.
I figure that spending 2 weeks in Europe for vacation, you can either have an unlocked phone and buy a bucket of data on an EU-friendly provider (Virgin, Orange,...) for less, or use your phone, call provider BEFORE you leave for vacation (ATT told me this, I can have service billed later but call before I go).
It would be useful is someone could show the average MB used (daily/weekly) on travel (tourist, not business). Restaurant lookups, translation, maps, museum apps, sending/uploading Instragram (though I would reserve big data for free hotel wifi)..
Re: Still not as much as EU customers roaming... Not that much. The big guzzler is satellite maps if used often and with a lot of scrolling, and picture uploading. Even then, going through a few hundred MB's on this plan wouldn't be too painful.
Re: Still not as much as EU customers roaming... Most people aren't curmudgeons like you. Smartphones are invaluable for getting directions, looking up info on places to go, and allow you to make the most out of your trip. I traveled a lot this past month (albeit domestically), and let me tell you, I used mobile data to enhance my trips a LOT.
Re: Still not as much as EU customers roaming...
said by BiggA:Apparently not, since people are constantly griping about how much it costs to use them while traveling overseas. Of course you could do everything you listed and stay well under 100MB, so I guess the question is are those things worth $25 to you?
Smartphones are invaluable for getting directions
Re: Still not as much as EU customers roaming... Of course. It's more of an issue of figuring out how I will get mobile data, as it's a must. If that plan works best, then that's the way to go, if an XCOM or SIM for my iPad works better, then I'll go that way (with the trade-off of having to have my bag with me all the time).
Re: Still not as much as EU customers roaming...
said by BiggA:last year I traveled to Toronto when I was on roaming, it was worth it, even though it was only 50mb then for $25. I was however careful about using maps for directions for which I looked always nearest wi-fi hotspot. I used skype for unlimited calls to the Canada and US for $3 a month.
Of course. It's more of an issue of figuring out how I will get mobile data, as it's a must. If that plan works best, then that's the way to go, if an XCOM or SIM for my iPad works better, then I'll go that way (with the trade-off of having to have my bag with me all the time).
Re: Still not as much as EU customers roaming... Exactly. I don't think Maps is that bad, as long as you aren't playing with the satellite maps, which can slurp data like no tomorrow.
is there a lower canada rate? is there a lower canada rate?
Still ridiculous But better than it was before. They should have a low PPU rate (yeah, like AT&T would ever do THAT), or just allow a certain amount of domestic use to be global for free.
Sprint I pay $69/month for unlimited International data roaming plan to Sprint and don't have to worry a bit. Verizon and AT&T are both ripping off their customers.
still better than T-Mobile T-Mobile roaming in Europe $15 per MB!!!!!! Especially ridiculous when a good chunk of the time when in Germany you are "roaming" on their parent companies network!!!! In Germany you can't just walk into a store and buy a SIM card. German law allows only German citizens to purchase a German phone line. If you are a tourist you will be denied.
Re: still better than T-Mobile
said by wdoa:Even prepaid? Are you sure? Maybe it only applies to postpaid accounts.
German law allows only German citizens to purchase a German phone line. If you are a tourist you will be denied.
It would be better If they simply let iPhone customers still on contract to unlock their phones. But it's nice to see prices for int data plans go down.
Wichita Falls, TX
Fixing overage the main bonus The main thing they improved was the overage amount. It was an insane 1.95 cents per kilobyte (about $20/mb) after the allotment before this change to $30/120MB.
Still easy to get a $10,000 bill The 120 MB plan is $256 per GB. So 39 GB = $10,000
Not such a good deal when you look at the small print! For those of you who think AT&Ts plan is more generous than before, take a look at the terms - you now have to buy a oren month minimum which means if you are using international data you are paying a minimum for 30 dollars. Previously it was possible to simply add the 50 dollar option for one week, allowing you up to 150MB but only paying about 13 dollars. This now is not possible - so while it's a better plan for travelers who spend long periods abroad, i.e. full billing cycles, it's a much worse plan for those of us that go abroad for 1 or 2 weeks at a time.
Menlo Park, CA
good news this is pretty good news, IMHO. while it is still going to be more expense than getting a local sim, for a traveller who wants to manage their data, but still have connectivity for skype calls, some email, getting local directions, etc., being able to buy 120MB for 30$, and have overages billed at the same rate is a huge step in the right direction.