AT&T Unveils "Passport" Plans

On Monday, AT&T introduced three new international data packages for travelers: Passport, Passport Plus, and Passport Pro.

The Passport plans, which AT&T calls "its best-ever value for international travel," include talk, text, and data coverage and be used in over 150 countries. The plans all include unlimited text but users will be charged "affordable rates for calling and a data allowance" ranging from $0.35 to $1.00 per minute for talk. Each plan has a set amount of data and can be used for up to thirty days. The basic Passport plan offers 120 MB of data for $30 and charges $0.25 per megabyte for cellular data overage. The Passport Plus package offers 300 MB for $60 and charges $0.20 per megabyte for overages. The Pro plan offers the most data, 800 MB, for $120 and charges $0.15 per megabyte for data overages. All Passport plans also include unlimited Wi-Fi access at participating hotspots in over 35 select countries including France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

For frequent travelers, AT&T offers recurring version of the Passport plans as AT&T Global packages. These recurring plans renew themselves each month, rather than expiring after 30 days. AT&T also offers data-only plans without voice and message support for tablet and laptop travelers and specific cruise ship packages. Pricing is the same for the data-only Passport plans. Cruise ship plans are available for $30, $60, or $120 for talk only, talk and text, and talk, text, and data, respectively. The $120 cruise ship package, which allows users to talk, text, and use data on Royal Caribbean International, Azamara Club Cruises, and select Celebrity Cruises ships, is limited to 50 minutes of talk time, 100 texts sent, and 100 MB of data.

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