- It looks like AT&T made some changes on Nov 13, 2015 in our favor to keep up with the competition! After Verizon made roaming to Mexico and Canada for short trips incredibly easy (an automatic $2/day for the same service as your home plan), AT&T made roaming in Mexico completely free! Unfortunately, no change in pricing for Canada.
- However, pay-per-use data cost seems to have come down, and this blog now reflects this. I could not find any evidence online of when this exactly happened (do any of you know?) so I assume it was at the same time as this other change. The new rate of $0.002/kB is $1997/GB which is 1/10 of the previous mind-boggling $21,000/GB. Still too high to use casually!
- Passport packages remain the same price
How do we get around this? Here are a variety of options that start with the simplest and safest for not having any overages, and slowly increase in service, cost, and complexity. Given your individual needs and budget, take a look and choose what's right for you! Most of these tips will be applicable to Verizon or T-Mobile plans, too. I tried to be comprehensive since I've never seen another website that lays it all out with detail.
|Option||Voice Incoming / Outgoing||Text Incoming / Outgoing||Data||Capability||Difficulty||Cost|
|0. Turn off your phone||None / None||None / None||None||Paperweight||Low||Free|
|1. Airplane mode + WiFi||None / None||None / None||WiFi only||All your apps/camera with data on WiFi only||Low||Free|
|2. Data roaming off to have most phone functionality||Straight to voicemail / Outgoing works||No extra charge / $0.50 extra charge||WiFi only, but can turn on cellular data for extra charge (risky)||Most functions work; very popular||Med||Low|
|2A. Set up a Google Voice account||Like above with better voicemail||Low|
|2B. Turn on data roaming when needed||Get data on-the-go at risk of big bill||Low to High|
|2C. Use VoIP for voice calls||Cheap calls to back home||Low|
|3. Buy a travel data package||$1.00 to $0.35 per min based on plan||Unlimited||120MB to 800MB included based on plan||Full capability with controlled price||Low||Med|
|4. Get a local SIM card||Variable minutes included||Variable texts included||Variable data included||Full capability; same as local phone||High||Med|