Posted August 1st, 2011, 01:08 PM
I was setting up my international data package for my iPhone for an upcoming river cruise and found out that the packages just changed today. They are much more reasonable. The rates are:
50 mg - $24.99
125 mg - $49.99
275 mg - $99.99
800 mg - $199.99
For comparison purposes, 50 mg used to be $59.99, so this is a great improvement. I thought those of you headed to Europe might be able to take advantage of it.
Strange coincidence here...I just spent a good chunk of the morning calling AT&T regarding using my cell phone for my Europe cruise that I'm flying off to Friday...
The first rep I spoke to was clueless and was quoting me that $59.99 50 mb rate...
After a half an hour of futility, I called back directly to their "International" department (1-800-335-4685) and got a much better informed and more competent rep named "Ed"...
By the time I was done, I added a 125 mb package for $9.99 as well as an international calling discount for $5.99/mo. The international calling thing changes the per minute rate in the UK, France, Spain and Italy from $1.39 per minute to $.99 and in Portugal from $1.99 to $1.69...I figure it pays for itself in 15 minutes of phone calls, though I likely won't use the phone that much...
Based on my normal average data usage, 125 mb should be just about right...
And, another thing to note is that these rates are PRORATED...So, we have them started on August 6, when we arrive in the UK and turned off on August 28 when we return home and we are only charged for 74.2% of these amounts!
Still there's a note to use the data while in port...because if you access it on the ship, you may end up paying the ship's WiFi charge as well...
Another caveat is to check carefully the countries in which the plan applies. Last year, no one warned us that our data plan didn't count in Finland...and we got a huge extra bill from usage there that I had to fight with AT&T to remove...
This year, we found out that we are okay with this plan in the UK, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy...but NOT for our stop in Morocco...
When not using the phone (especially in Morocco), it is important to disable the roaming feature so that the phone doesn't create its own unwanted usage.
Then...When I got my confirming e-mail from AT&T, it says:
Feature Name: 125mb International Data Plan
Effective Date: 8/6/2011
Monthly Recurring Charge: $24.99
Overage Rate: $10/10mb
Looks like he made a mistake in writing down the rate...
This could get interesting...
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