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AT&T International Cell Phones See Cellular Abroad's rates and packages below

As one of the leading GSM carriers in the US, AT&T is able to make international cellular coverage available to their customers, but it comes with a hefty price tag. Throughout Western Europe their standard rate is as high as $1.39/min, and can climb up to as high as $4.99/min in other countries. Even with their special international service, the lowest rate is still $0.99/min. Here are just a few of their high-priced international rates:

Australia  $1.69 Germany  $1.39 Mexico  $0.99
China  $2.29 Israel  $2.49 Spain  $1.39
France  $1.39 Italy  $1.39 UK  $1.39

Risks of using AT&T's international roaming services

When using an AT&T service while roaming internationally, calls will come through to your existing number and you will be billed the standard roaming rate, even for calls that go to voicemail. This leaves you with very little control over your call costs and can cause an enormous bill by the end of your trip. Often it is very easy for travelers to underestimate the amount of time they spend on the phone, even short five minute calls made once a day during a two week trip would cost almost $100 by the end of the trip!

Depending on your phone model, even if you activate an international plan your phone may not work overseas. Many phones provided by carriers in the US are dual-band, which means they only function on the 850/1900 band frequencies. For Europe, you will need to confirm that your phone is a quad-band, equipped with the 900/1800 frequencies as well (if you have an older phone, this is often not the case.)

Another factor to take into consideration is that while roaming with ATT’s coverage, you are using a local network system rented by ATT at a premium rate (the cost of which is then passed on to you, their customer.) Because you are not using the local carrier directly, there is a much greater risk for failed calls or even a complete lack of service.

The Cellular Abroad solution

It is less expensive and more reliable to bypass ATT’s marked up rates and go straight through the local provider for your service instead. Using the same service as a local would, you have access to better coverage, cheaper rates, and local customer service that ATT simply cannot offer. Cellular Abroad offers these local services delivered to your door before you depart, and they are ready to use as soon as you arrive. All of our local services are pre-paid and most of them offer unlimited free incoming calls – this allows you to easily keep track of how much money you are spending by adding pre-paid credit as needed, and gives you complete control over your calling expenses instead of coming home to an outrageous phone bill.

Rate Guide

Per-minute rates for the most popular travel destinations

Country

Calls to
US or Canada

In-country calling

Receiving calls

UK

$0.06

$0.07

FREE!

Italy

$0.44

$0.22

FREE!

Spain

$0.07

$0.12

FREE!

Mexico $0.25 $0.25 $0.25

Germany

$0.12

$0.13

FREE!

France

$0.25

$0.26

FREE!

China

$0.05

$0.05

$0.05

Australia $0.05 $0.15 FREE!

Israel

$0.26

$0.26

FREE!


Cellular Abroad's Phone & SIM Card Packages

Australia


China


France


Germany


Israel


Italy


Mexico


Spain


United Kingdom

Country not listed? Give us a call at 1-800-287-5072 and we will recommend a solution for you!

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