AT&T cuts international calling and texting rates

AT&T cuts international calling and texting rates
Yesterday, AT&T announced that it was adding more partnerships to allow customers to roam on LTE when traveling internationally (and paying for the privilege). Today, AT&T has some good news for customers who want to stay in the US, but connect with friends and family who are in other countries by dropping international calling and texting rates.

The best option is that starting Friday, AT&T's Mobile Share and Mobile Share Value plans will begin offering free unlimited international texting. The full details aren't yet available though, and there are likely to be restrictions on the countries to which you'll be able to send texts. Additionally, AT&T is creating a new World Connect Value plan, which will cost an extra $5 per month and will allow customers to call anyone in 35 different countries for just one cent per minute. The list of countries is not yet available, but is said to include Canada, various Caribbean countries, and Latin American countries. 

Of course, this move is something of playing catch-up, because Verizon has already instituted very similar international calling and texting plans, and T-Mobile has also dropped rates for international communications. 

source: Re/code

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4 Comments

1. Zenzui

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

As long as Viber, Line, whatsapp and other messengers around. International connections will use this option to communicate since it is far more flexible which able to send pictures easily, with some you can call thru VOIP.

2. GrndsKeeprWillie

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

Agreed. I guess this $5 service is for people that haven't heard of WhatsApp and the others. So they charge $5 per month and probably send int'l texts through WhatsApp for you. Hah! It's a good profit

3. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Whatsapp also charges when one dials a phone number, be it to a land-line or to a cell without Whatsapp. Depending on the total talk time per month, $5 may or may not be a better deal.

4. Fiercelink77

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Sadly if you use your AT&T phone with a third party application such as Vonage, Viber, Whatsapp, or even skype without the World Connect Value plan, you'll still end up getting charged the pay per use rates of whichever country you're calling out to. The reason to it is because AT&T does not cover third party applications and the apps will fail on their side and you'll get charged on your AT&T bill for it and call AT&T asking what's going on. So sadly the resolution is to just get the World connect so you won't get charged outrageous rates if you have an AT&T phone

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