AT&T international calling and texting

Quick guide to AT&T international calling and texting (1)

Calling and texting abroad usually results in extra charges, even if you’re using an eSIM for data. Here’s what to expect with AT&T …

International calling and texting (1)

Can I use my AT&T phone internationally?


Absolutely! You can use your AT&T phone number all over the world, and if you’re within the 210+ destinations included within their International Day Pass®, you can add this plan to your account for $10/day.


It allows you to use your phone normally for calling, texting, and data from your Unlimited plan at home, so it’s a great option for travellers who want an easy way to call, text, and use data while they’re in another country.

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How do I get the AT&T International Day Pass®?


If you’re planning to travel internationally and you’re an AT&T customer with an Unlimited account, start by making sure you will only be travelling within eligible destinations.


Then you can simply ask AT&T to add the International Day Pass® to your account so it’s ready before you travel. The pass will automatically begin once it detects you’re in another country, and the day $10 charges will begin for every day you use your phone abroad (10 days max per billing cycle).

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Is the AT&T International Day Pass® a good deal?


If you’re already paying for an AT&T Unlimited plan, you’re travelling to an eligible destination, and you plan on doing a lot of calling and texting, the the International Day Pass® can is $10/day for unlimited calling, texting, and data usage from your regular home plan.


But if you want to travel on a budget and don’t plan on making many phone calls, it might be a better deal to use a prepaid eSIM data package (often only $5/week) and rely on pay-per-use rates for calls and texts.

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How do I pair eSIM data with AT&T calling/texting?


1. Make sure you have a device that supports eSIM

2. Download the free aloSIM app

3. Buy and install an eSIM (digital SIM)

4. Make sure you are NOT already enrolled in a travel plan

5. Activate your prepaid data package


During activation, we’ll show you how to set your device to keep your phone number active, while preventing roaming on your AT&T plan. Then you’ll only pay AT&T for individual calls and texts, not data!

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What are the AT&T pay-per-use rates if I don’t use a travel plan?


If you decide to use a prepaid eSIM data package and skip the International Day Pass®, AT&T will charge you pay-per-use rates for each phone call and text message. (They won’t charge you for data, because we’ll show you how to restrict all data usage to your eSIM.)


AT&T posts the most up-to-date rates on their website, but it’s typically anywhere between $1 and $3 per minute for phone calls, and between 50 cents and $1.30 per text. (iMessages won’t count because we show you how to make them work over Wi-Fi or data.)

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Is there a way to call and text cheaper than that when I’m travelling?


There are plenty of ways to talk and text while you’re travelling internationally.


Over either Wi-Fi or your eSIM data, iPhone users can rely on iMessage and FaceTime. There are also social media apps with messaging and calling.


Anyone can get a temporary phone number from Hushed for calling and texting over the internet on a private number.

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If I use an eSIM for data, will AT&T charge me for data, too?


If you’re using an eSIM for all data usage, you have disabled Data Roaming for your AT&T SIM, and you have opted out of any automatic AT&T roaming plans, they will not charge you data roaming fees.


Whether you have an iPhone, Samsung, or Google Pixel device, we can show you how to keep your phone number available while preventing your AT&T SIM from “roaming” and using data while you travel.

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