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Text messages overseas
Justin at AT&T is telling me that an international voice roaming plan is required to send or receive texts while overseas, and since I opted not to get that, it seems that I simply won't receive any texts sent to me while in London. That's fine. He also seems unsure, so he's putting me on hold to do some research. One of the points of this post is to have a record of the conversation in case something different and far more expensive occurs. :-)

Ah, he's just come back to tell me that receiving text messages will just count against my normal text-message plan, and sending text messages will cost 50 cents each while I'm in the UK. That's actually pretty reasonable. I don't have to worry about receiving messages.
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hojo1690 From: hojo1690 Date: September 4th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)
That jibes with the rate I saw in canada - 50 cents per text.
lovecat10036 From: lovecat10036 Date: September 4th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I was charged either 50 or 75 cents to receive text messages while traveling in South America (I'm an AT&T customer as well)...now I know Paraguay is different than the UK, but if you get a lot of texts you may want to give people a heads up to keep it down to a dull roar, just in case :)
brazenredhead From: brazenredhead Date: September 4th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC) (Link)
So what kind of coverage can you get from AT&T overseas?
belmikey From: belmikey Date: September 4th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, the only thing reasonable about text message pricing in any context is that the market will obviously bear it, therefore it makes sense to charge it. But in truth, even domestic text messaging is too expensive for what it actually costs them (virtually nothing) to bear the traffic.
perisoft From: perisoft Date: September 5th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm still waiting for sane overseas voice roaming. It seems bizarre that i can unlimited data roam anywhere in the world for $0, but voice is still a buck a minute or thereabouts. With the amount of time I spend out of the country, I could pay quite a bit per month and have it worthwhile, because when I'm away I still *HAVE* to use the cell.

Then again, IIRC, Rogers is still shafting Canadians for something like .15 cents per KILOBYTE for domestic data, so I can't complain too much... :)
allyson13 From: allyson13 Date: September 6th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mark, if you're taking your iPhone, read the 'travel tips for iPhone users' because you don't want to end up with a very nasty phone bill.

There's also good information concerning using a cell phone overseas, etc

Or if you have any other questions, you know where to ask :)
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