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AT&T Brings LTE Roaming to 13 Additional Countries Outside US

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Still the only carrier offering such a service, AT&T announced from MWC today that they have expanded their 4G LTE roaming service to 13 new countries outside of the United States, bringing the total to 15 markets.

AT&T currently holds agreements to allow for LTE roaming in over 200 different countries, but deploying such a service is easier said than done. The service for travelers certainly costs a pretty penny, and AT&T has yet to announce official pricing for the new markets. 

As reference, for travelers to the UK who wish to have access to 4G LTE, the plans are $30/mo for 120MB, $60/mo for 300MB, and $120/mo for 800MB. If you already pay for a data plan in the US, then you can imagine how easy it would be for your data plan to start costing you an insane amount.

Take a look at the full list of new markets below.

New 4G LTE Roaming Markets

  • Spain
  • France
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • Hong Kong
  • Switzerland
  • Malaysia
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Guam
  • Antigua & Barbuda
Via: AT&T
  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    I would love to be able to use my domestic AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile SIM and have LTE speeds at a price comparable to a local SIM. Using local carrier SIM’s is nice and all, but when you travel to countries who have a primary language other than English, it’s difficult to communicate with small phone shops. The convenience of stepping off the plane and being able to use your phone as normal would be amazing.

  • besweeet

    Insane prices, as to be expected. *inserts obvious comment about T-Mobile’s better plans here*

    • Ray

      not sure why anyone would except these prices when you can pick up a local sim card at most countries airport

      • besweeet

        Local SIMs are fine for data, but not for receiving calls and texts from home.

        • J. Gilbertson

          which are also quite expensive to do internationally. Unless you’re a business user or expecting to receive a critical call when oversees it would be much more cost efficient to pick up a local sim and notify your friends of your international number if they really want to bother you.

        • Ray

          this article is talking about data and i fwd my calls to skype then to my local number and it works perfectly.

          • duke69111

            Exactly, just make the call over data using skype or google voice or hangouts and so on…..

    • CHRIS42060

      After the horrific experience I had trying to activate a T-Mobile phone I would never go back to them, and will gladly pay $30 for 120 MBs from someone else. You get what you pay for.

      • besweeet

        Well, what happened? It seems odd that anybody would have problems simply activating a phone.

        • CHRIS42060

          I was pretty shocked as well. I ended up ordering the SIM card by phone since I wrecked my vehicle and could not easily make it to the store. They sent it to the wrong address, and I ended up having to go to the UPS building to pick it up (would have been closer to go to the store). When I picked it up I attempted to activate the SIM on their website. For some reason the website would not let me add money to the pre-paid account so I called to do so. When I finally got to talk to someone he said the number port did not go right because my GoPhone account number was incorrect. I got the correct number and called T-Mobile back. The person on the phone wouldn’t process adding money to my account because it will take 24 – 48 hours for the number to port so I will have to call back when that happens (ports normally take a few minutes). I told her to just got ahead and cancel the activation because there were more than enough red flags. I called AT&T to ensure the port request was cancelled and they confirmed it was. I woke up the next morning and had no service. When I called AT&T they said my number had been ported, so they called T-Mobile to get it sorted out. Turns out when the AT&T guy looked at my account that T-Mobile submitted a second port request that morning (while I was sleeping).

          I never thought activating service would be so tough.

          • besweeet

            Ouch… I wouldn’t have ditched them just because of that, since network performance seems more important than initial shortcomings. I activated this plan on 3 lines, 1 of which had a number port from AT&T. All activated just fine, but that’s just my experience.