AT&T becomes first major US carrier to offer international LTE roaming
9th Dec 2013 | 20:25
Buckling up with Canada's Rogers
AT&T customers roaming the exotic land of Canada will no longer have to put up with sluggish 3G data, as long as they're willing to pay the price.
The top-tier US carrier just inked a deal with Rogers, the No. 1 wireless carrier in Canada, to offer LTE data to AT&T customers visiting the US's northern neighbor.
That officially makes it the first carrier to offer international LTE roaming.
AT&T's international LTE plans come at a price, but for customers hoping to continue their normal data habits while abroad it might be worth it.
The carrier's international LTE packages range from 120MB for $30 per month to 300MB for $60 per month, and finally 800MB for $120 per month.
Going over the limit incurs no exorbitant fees, but instead users who do so will be charged an additional $30 charge for another 120MB of data.
With these roaming packages AT&T users will be able to latch onto Rogers' network to access the Canadian carrier's LTE towers.
Rogers is the biggest carrier in Canada, covering 70% of Canadians, and it's about to expand into 95 new markets by the end of the year.
Tying the knot
This partnership re-affirms AT&T's "commitment to deliver superior international coverage to our customers," said AT&T Mobility's Executive Vice President of International, Alliances and Integrations Bill Hague.
Customers who need a fair amount of data while traveling through Canada may have to shell out quite a bit of cash, in some cases perhaps even doubling their existing wireless bills.
But it's better to have the option than not, right?