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AT&T launches super-expensive global text messaging plans


Posted by Andru Edwards - Categories: Cell Phones, Corporate News


att global messagingAT&T launched two global messaging plans today to attract international travelers who prefer to text while abroad.

Global Messaging 200 lets you send 200 messages for $30 per month, while Global Messaging 500 lets you send 500 text messages for $50 per month. Previously AT&T only offered a package of 50 text messages for $10. Don't let that fool you, though, as these prices are ridiculously expensive.

The new plans let you send text, photo, or video messages in more than 100 countries. Without a plan, AT&T charges $0.50 to send a text, $0.20 to receive a text, and $1.30 to send a message with a photo or video.


"When our customers travel abroad, we want to deliver a wireless experience that's affordable and customized to fit their needs," Mark Collins, senior vice president of data and voice products at AT&T, said in a statement. "Our Global Messaging 200 package lets travelers send a text, photo or video message for only $.15 a message – a great value and one we're excited to add to our international lineup."

On Monday Pew reported that nearly a third of Americans (31 percent) say they prefer to be contacted via text message. The most prolific texters, young adults aged 18-24, blow through an average of 3,200 text a month.

Meanwhile, AT&T claims that two-thirds of international travelers text from abroad, and nearly half send photo or video messages.

Last month, AT&T revamped its domestic text messaging plans to include $20 per month unlimited texting plans, or $30 per month for families of up to five.

This article, written by Sara Yin, originally appeared on PCMag.com and is republished on Gear Live with the permission of Ziff Davis, Inc.

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