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  • AT&T Announces Unlimited Free Int'l. Messaging, 'Penny-per-minute' Int'l. Calls


    On Tuesday, following a major announcement to bringing 4G LTE data roaming to an additional 13 countries across the globe, United States cellular carrier AT&T announced that they would be enabling free unlimited international text messaging, international picture messaging, and international video messaging for anyone signed up with a Mobile Share or Mobile Share Value plan beginning February 28th.

    In addition to this, AT&T is also announcing that these Mobile Share or Mobile Share Value plan users can also take advantage of 'penny-per-minute,' or 1˘ per minute voice calls internationally from the U.S. out to over 35 different countries across the globe. These phone calls are allowed at any time of the day, any day of the week, and will still cost the 1˘ per minute.

    AT&T explains in the company's press release where the 'penny-per-minute' rates apply:

    Quote Originally Posted by AT&T
    The “penny-per-minute” calling rates also apply to calls made to any number in the majority of Latin American and Caribbean countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Saba, St. Barthelemy, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Martin, St. Pierre and Miquelon, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Venezuela.
    This is definitely good news for anyone on these Mobile Share and Mobile Share Value plans that have nay friends, family, or business partners outside of the United States. AT&T knows that it has to try hard to compete with services like iMessage and FaceTime; both are free services offered on Apple's iOS devices and can be used both nationally and internationally over Wi-Fi or cellular.

    Sources: AT&T
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T Announces Unlimited International Messaging, 'Penny-per-minute' Int'l. Calls started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. gautam's Avatar
      gautam -
      T-Mobile is $15 unlimited Talk and text to 30 countries. At&t can go suck it !!
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      I agree. Tmobile's plan is if you're OUT of the US. I think this plan is if you're in the us calling/texting out. But either way, tmobile has unlimited everything. Who cares?
    1. WHUDS's Avatar
      WHUDS -
      Quote Originally Posted by gautam View Post
      T-Mobile is $15 unlimited Talk and text to 30 countries. At&t can go suck it !!
      Stupid to say this, T Mobile coverage is horrible compared to AT&T and what if TMobile does not include a country your relative lives in? Hmm
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      Quote Originally Posted by WHUDS View Post
      Stupid to say this, T Mobile coverage is horrible compared to AT&T and what if TMobile does not include a country your relative lives in? Hmm
      Depending on the area, yes. But I'd take unlimited data with "spotty" service vs hardly any data with "ok" coverage. All matter of opinion. But as is, my dl/ul is about 25/15 give or take. And if your relative lives in another country so what? Purchase the extra plan from tmobile for $15. You'd probably be paying less than att anyway.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThatOneProfile View Post
      But I'd take unlimited data with "spotty" service vs hardly any data with "ok" coverage.
      I don't know that I'd be comfortable with that decision.

      I have AT&T, and I'm comfortable with knowing that I'll have service just about anywhere that I might need it.

      Even if slower, or capped, I'd rather have the service available to me if I really needed it.
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      I don't know that I'd be comfortable with that decision.

      I have AT&T, and I'm comfortable with knowing that I'll have service just about anywhere that I might need it.

      Even if slower, or capped, I'd rather have the service available to me if I really needed it.
      +1 unlimited data doesn't do you any good if you can't use it
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      +1 unlimited data doesn't do you any good if you can't use it
      I actually get higher download speeds with tmobile than att.
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThatOneProfile View Post
      I actually get higher download speeds with tmobile than att.
      I wouldn't since tmobile doesn't have coverage within 150miles of me
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      I wouldn't since tmobile doesn't have coverage within 150miles of me
      You must not live in a heavily populated area and get AT&T's hspa+. Tmobile is in its expanding stage and when they get close to the reach att has, more and more people will switch. Take their recent "uncarrier" event for example. Att is trying to be on par and giving users intl roaming. But I guess it does depend on your location and data usage every month.
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThatOneProfile View Post
      You must not live in a heavily populated area and get AT&T's hspa+. Tmobile is in its expanding stage and when they get close to the reach att has, more and more people will switch. Take their recent "uncarrier" event for example. Att is trying to be on par and giving users intl roaming. But I guess it does depend on your location and data usage every month.
      I love tmobiles strategy. It's great for customers IMO compared to what's out there. I do live where there's hspa+. No tmobile though
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      AT&T would really, really like you to quit your "unlimited" data plan. Please!!!
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      Quote Originally Posted by csglinux View Post
      AT&T would really, really like you to quit your "unlimited" data plan. Please!!!
      I heard they throttle the speeds on them though? A coworker of mine has their unlimited plan. If I had the choice I would go with AT&T's unlimited data. I hope they are forced to bring it back.
    1. crouching's Avatar
      crouching -
      I love Sprint, unlimited data and its super fast!

      46,237,762 KB = 44 GB

      Thank you Sprint!

    1. WHUDS's Avatar
      WHUDS -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      I don't know that I'd be comfortable with that decision.

      I have AT&T, and I'm comfortable with knowing that I'll have service just about anywhere that I might need it.

      Even if slower, or capped, I'd rather have the service available to me if I really needed it.
      Exactly, When I drive around in the 80% of the country that T mobile cannot provide coverage, I like it I can make a call or use the internet, besides there is no such thing as unlimited data, all providers throttle, I never use more than 2 gb of data anyway.
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      Quote Originally Posted by WHUDS View Post
      all providers throttle
      You're right about that. That's the deal breaker for me when I switched to tmobile. The plan I'm on includes unlimited high speed data aka no throttling. I use an average of 20-30gb's a month.
    1. MOJO5873's Avatar
      MOJO5873 -
      Wow! 20 to 30 GB per month! How much porn do you watch on your phone?
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThatOneProfile View Post
      I heard they throttle the speeds on them though? A coworker of mine has their unlimited plan. If I had the choice I would go with AT&T's unlimited data. I hope they are forced to bring it back.
      Where I live & work, you hardly notice being throttled by AT&T, because their speeds aren't much more than 0.7/0.7 anyway. T-Mobile used to have ~1 bar of Edge coverage here, but now has a really good DC-HSPA which gives me faster speeds than AT&T's (unthrottled) LTE.
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      Quote Originally Posted by MOJO5873 View Post
      Wow! 20 to 30 GB per month! How much porn do you watch on your phone?
      That's nothing! I stream iTunes Radio and watch netflix mostly. Also tether occasionally. My LTE is much faster than my home broadband so I don't use wifi on my phone.
    1. CUBBIEblue16's Avatar
      CUBBIEblue16 -
      Quote Originally Posted by crouching View Post
      I love Sprint, unlimited data and its super fast!

      46,237,762 KB = 44 GB

      Thank you Sprint!
      Sprint is absolutely the worst service ever
    1. MoDaLoT's Avatar
      MoDaLoT -
      Quote Originally Posted by CUBBIEblue16 View Post
      Sprint is absolutely the worst service ever
      +1 right