AT&T has launched a new international price plan, Data Global Plan, for iPhone users, offering low roaming charges to frequent overseas travelers. The plan includes 50MB of data access per month to browse the web, check e-mail, and access other information in 29 countries.
The new plan, available for $60 a month, is in addition to the domestic voice and data plan that iPhone users initially subscribe to activate the phone. The international plan cannot be bought separately, and should be an add-on to the domestic plan. The subscribers exceeding the 50MB limit would have to pay an additional $0.005 per KB in the countries covered by the plan, while the subscribers in other countries would pay $0.010/KB. AT&T has also launched an additional data plan offering 20MB data access for $25 a month, with similar additional charges in designated countries and $0.0195/KB additional charges in other countries.
AT&T was previously charging $.0195 per KB for all international roaming data usage.
Apple is already facing a lawsuit in New York due to the high roaming charges. In August 2007, Herbert Kliegerman filed class-action lawsuit after he received a $2,000 bill due to data roaming charges incurred while in Mexico for a week. The suit claims that Apple misled consumers about potential roaming charges, and wants the court to order Apple to disclose codes to unlock the phone upon request.
AT&T’s competitor, Verizon, offers unlimited Smartphone data service plan at $45 per month. Verizon also reintroduced a Canada roaming plan, through which subscribers can use their normal service plans on Bell Canada or Telus networks by paying an additional fee of $20. Sprint Nextel also offers unlimited data plans for $59.99 per month. It charges $0.018 per kilobyte for all data services used internationally.
Source: ComputerWire daily updates