Going Global With My iPhone

I can use my iPhone pretty much anywhere, but ATT is going to charge me $1.30 a minute for calls, $.50 per text, and $.02 per KB for data while in Denmark.

ATT requires international activation but they do offer some tips for international roamers. I bought an international iPhone data plan (20MB for $25), but I also learned that visual voice mail counts against that (regular voice mail counts against minutes, at the $1.30 rate). I could have paid $6 a month to get a discounted voice rate, but I’d have to make 20 minutes of calls for it to pay off. And there’s no plan to give me discounted SMS.

3 thoughts on “Going Global With My iPhone

  1. Be careful — even with the international data plan you can get into areas where it doesn’t apply and you may be hit with data roaming charges.

    One other note — it’s pro-rated, depending on the date of your billing, so if you sign up on the 20th of the month you may only pay $8.00 (for the last 10 days), but you’ll also only get a fraction of the 20MB bandwidth to use until the next month starts.

  2. Be careful with AT&T’s plan – I almost activated it for a trip, but I found out that they don’t charge you based on when you actually use the phone, but when they get billed by the foreign data / cell provider. So, you need to pay for the international features for at least 3 months to ensure you get the proper billing rate – not very convenient for a 1-week trip.

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