AT&T international calling and texting
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.)
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.
If I use an eSIM for data, will AT&T charge me for data, too?