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AT&T Intros Pay-As-You-Go International Data Plan Packages

AT&T Intros Pay-As-You-Go International Data Plan Packages

There are a few problems with international data plans. The first is that they're extremely expensive. It's always always cheaper to buy a rental SIM or a rental WWAN USB stick in the international country that you land in versus roaming on your home carrier, but to compound the issue, most of the better data deals require a 2-year data contract back at home. Unless you travel overseas frequently, this is basically never a good deal.


AT&T now has another option: pay-as-you-go international data packages for laptops and netbooks. The new AT&T DataConnect Pass Global — a lineup of international pay-as-you-go data packages now available on AT&T-certified laptops and netbooks -- is now available for consumers. This plan was made for international business travelers and vacationers alike, with the passes providing data coverage in more than 100 countries, including Canada, Mexico, countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Customers can purchase 30-day session increments, with 20MB costing 24.99, 50MB costing $59.99, 100MB for $119.99 and 200MB for $199.99.

These packages can be purchased as you need them with a credit or debit card, and customers
can also bill the charges to their wireless bill provided the postpaid wireless account has been active more than 90 days and has no past due charges. Once purchased, customers have the flexibility to specify when they want the 30-day session to begin, based on their travel itinerary. As a helpful reminder, customers will receive a courtesy text and email when their plan is close to expiring or when they are close to depleting the amount of data available with their session.

Of course, these prices are still extremely high compared to WWAN rental options, but if you're pinched for time, this is far better than having to purchase something on a 2-year contract.


AT&T Introduces Pay-As-You-Go International Data Packages for Laptops and Netbooks

Customers Benefit from More Flexibility, More Choice; More Ways to Manage Data Needs Abroad
Dallas, Texas, October 20, 2010

AT&T* today announced the launch of AT&T DataConnect Pass Global — a lineup of international pay-as-you-go data packages now available on AT&T-certified laptops and netbooks. The announcement expands AT&T’s portfolio of pay-as-you-go data services, providing domestic and now international data passes designed to meet individual needs and budgets without a long-term commitment.

Ideal for international business travelers and vacationers alike, the passes provide data coverage in more than 100 countries, including Canada, Mexico, countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Available in 30-day session increments, packages can help travelers better manage their data usage abroad and at rates significantly lower than pay-per-use service. Data packages include:

    * DataConnect Pass Global 20MB for $24.99
    * DataConnect Pass Global 50MB for $59.99
    * DataConnect Pass Global 100MB for $119.99
    * DataConnect Pass Global 200MB for $199.99

Data sessions may be purchased at AT&T DataConnect Pass Sessions, using a credit card or a debit card.  Customers can also bill the charges to their wireless bill provided the postpaid wireless account has been active more than 90 days and has no past due charges. Set up is easy: customers create a username and password, provide their laptop or netbook SIM card and device serial numbers, complete the billing information and select the desired data package.

Once purchased, customers have the flexibility to specify when they want the 30-day session to begin, based on their travel itinerary. As a helpful reminder, customers will receive a courtesy text and email when their plan is close to expiring or when they are close to depleting the amount of data available with their session.

International packages are available to existing AT&T netbook or laptop customers. For complete details, visit AT&T DataConnect Pass Sessions.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

Restrictions apply.  Time begins expiring immediately upon activation whether you are using the service or not.  Once you consume your allotted data or your time expires, whichever occurs first, your data access will cease. Plans should be purchased before traveling outside the U.S., Puerto Rico or the U.S.V.I. For available countries and carriers, see DataConnect Legal Documents. Availability, quality of coverage while roaming are not guaranteed. Plans must begin within 365 days of purchase.  Fees are non-refundable. For complete terms and conditions see DataConnect Pass/iPad™/Session-Based Wireless Data Services Agreement on Wireless Legal Documents.

DataConnect Pass Global packages are available to customers with an AT&T enabled LaptopConnect Card, embedded Laptop Card or netbook that have a domestic AT&T Laptop Connect plan currently. Customers that already have their own AT&T compatible device, but do not currently subscribe to a domestic Laptop Connect Plan, may need to purchase a new SIM card to activate service.
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The 20-day session increments is still very restrictive. Why not just base plans according to bandwidth? $200 for 200MB and take as long as you need to use them up.

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