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AT&T adds new international plans for iPhone

updated 11:00 am EDT, Tue August 26, 2008

AT&T int'l. iPhone plans

AT&T is adding two new international data plans for the iPhone, according to an announcement. The plans are divided into 100 and 200MB sizes, and cover data roaming in some 67 countries, including Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan and Mexico. The offerings are in addition to existing 20 and 50MB options, which cost $25 and $60 per month; the 100 and 200MB choices are $120 and $200, but as usual can be applied a single month at a time. These should become available on August 27th.

An international plan prevents excessive charges for basic data functions; AT&T notes that at its normal per-kilobyte rate, 2MB of transfer would cost just under $40. The carrier nevertheless recommends that travelers shut off data roaming on an iPhone, use Wi-Fi whenever possible, and disable any automatic e-mail checks.

by MacNN Staff





  1. mullum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    since when

    since when did shutting off data roaming actually work. Ive been unknowingly charged for data MANY times on all firmwares and with several different networks.

  1. Kainzow

    Joined: Dec 1969


    mullum, can you expand...

    That's interesting mullum - can you expand a bit:

    Did you confront AT&T (or Apple) about this, and what did they do?

    I'm planning an overseas trip next month and only want to use wifi for email and Safari. If the data roaming disable feature truly doesn't work, I'll take an iPod touch instead.

    Thanks for the heads-up!

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The new AT&T plans

    prevent AT&T from "excessively" charging you for basic data functions.

    Gotta love it. AT&T is protecting you from AT&T. (for a somewhat less ridiculous fee, of course)

    No wonder we're behind the rest of the modern world.

  1. mullum

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I cant give accurate details on which firmwares have and havent suffered from this option not functioning, but I can say its happened often enough to me on various firmwares since 1.0.2.
    As I havent had any experience with AT&T, I cant really discourage you from taking your iPhone with you abroad. My problem related more to data charges LOCALLY (and abroad, with a local SIM card). Ive basically wanted Edge switched off all along.
    Ive resorted to cancelling data services with the providers Ive used by calling them up (along with cancelling voicemail).

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