Dec 09, 2013 05:15 PM EST
Rogers customers in Canada rejoice: AT&T has announced it will now allow data roaming on its network, making it the first American telecom to offer LTE roaming internationally, albeit not too internationally.
AT&T’s Data Global Add-Ons are available in three different packages ranging from $30 per month to $120. The latter plan provides 800MB, which might just be enough to stream a movie or two over Netflix, but maybe not. The pay-per-use rate is $15.36 per megabyte and yes, that should make you feel a bit indignant.
“Our agreement with Rogers affirms our commitment to deliver superior international coverage to our customers,” said Bill Hague, executive vice president, international, alliances and integrations, AT&T Mobility in a press statement. “AT&T customers already have access to the nation’s fastest, most reliable 4G LTE network while in the United States and now they can enjoy LTE speeds while roaming in Canada.”
It might be tough to “enjoy LTE speeds” when you’re paying exponentially more for them than you might stateside, but who are we to rain on AT&T’s roaming parade? Chances are, it would be much cheaper for an international customer to simply pick up a local SIM card to use while in Canada, but if you’re willing to pay for convenience of not having to do so, AT&T is more than obliged to take your money.
“Rogers LTE delivers Canada’s fastest download speeds, enabling AT&T customers to stay connected while traveling north of the border. The Rogers LTE network reaches 70 percent of Canadians from coast to coast and continues to expand. This year alone, Rogers will expand its LTE coverage to 95 new markets.”
Hopefully, Rogers will expand its own LTE network before too long and render the new AT&T global data plans obsolete, at least in Canada. In the meantime, you can sign up for the new data packages here.
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