ATT announced this morning that it now offers international PDA data rate plans to its customers. This means that they now have international data plans covering their entire portfolio of business-oriented devices. Here is the announcement:
"Accessing e-mail and other data wirelessly while overseas is now much more cost-effective as AT&T announced today the availability of international data plans that offer greatly reduced data roaming rates to customers using any AT&T-powered smartphone or PDA.
The new global rate plans range from $44.99 to $69.99 a month, depending on device class and e-mail platform. They include 20 megabytes (MB) of international data use in nearly 30 countries with UMTS, EDGE or GPRS wireless data networks, as well as unlimited domestic access. The plans apply to such devices as BlackJack, the Cingular 3125 Smartphone, Cingular 8525 Pocket PC, HP iPAQ hw6920 Mobile Communicator, Palm Treo 680, Palm and Treo 750.
With AT&T?s new Global Smartphone and PDA plans, customers now have plan options to cover international data usage on any business-oriented wireless device sold by AT&T. AT&T also offers international data plans for BlackBerry and wireless laptop connectivity.
?AT&T already has the broadest international voice and data roaming footprint of any U.S. carrier, and now it is the only wireless provider in the nation to offer global data plans to its entire portfolio of business-oriented devices,? said Jeff Bradley, vice president of wireless business data services for AT&T. ?These new plans give our customers much greater control over their international wireless costs. They provide a large enough allocation of data and significantly reduced overage charges so that employees can use their smartphone or PDA to check e-mail, browse the Web or access other data applications when abroad without incurring higher pay-per-use roaming charges.?
AT&T?s new international data plans for smartphones and PDAs can offer customers significant cost savings over traditional, per kilobyte (KB) data charges for use outside the U.S. For example, 20MB of international data usage at a standard $.0195 per KB rate would result in a charge of $399.36, some $330 more than the highest tier combined monthly domestic/international charge under the new AT&T plans.
AT&T?s wireless voice and data network technology is based on GSM, the global standard for wireless, allowing customers to make voice calls in more than 190 countries and access data in 125 countries worldwide.