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.