AT&T on Tuesday is announcing new options that will make it cheaper for customers to call and text internationally from within the United States.

Starting Friday, all AT&T Mobile Share and Mobile Share Value plans will come with unlimited international texting from the U.S. AT&T is also adding a $5-per-month package that allows subscribers to call any of 35 countries for a penny per minute.

The list of countries includes Canada and Mexico as well as a range of Latin American and Caribbean countries. It also includes lower-priced calling to more than 225 countries.

T-Mobile last year cut the cost for calling overseas and, additionally, gave subscribers free texting and Web access while traveling internationally.

Verizon has also cut international calling and texting rates, bundling international texting as part of its “More Everything” plan and offering a $5-per-month option (free for the first three months) for 1-cent-per-minute calling to Mexico and Canada and 5-cents-per-minute calls to Caribbean and Latin American countries.

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Tom Brown
Tom Brown

Forgot to answer the most important question.  What about ATT mobile customers traveling in the 35 countries calling back to US to another mobile customer  Does their $5 package also provide the penny a minute price and unlimited texting?  That question is much more important than dialing out from the US where there are plenty of options already.


Thanks but no thanks, AT&T. I'll stick with free iMessage (or WhatsApp) and free Skype.


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