Late last year saw AT&T adding international LTE roaming in Canada and the UK, and today they're adding 13 mote nations to the list. If the added services are treated in the same way as AT&T's deals with EE in the UK and Rogers in Canada, the rates charged for the "Data Global" add-ons won't change with the addition of LTE services, though AT&T did not say if that would be the case in their press release. AT&T put a full list of the countries where you'll be able to get LTE speeds while roaming starting today:
It's worth noting that there are still hurdles to getting LTE roaming working. AT&T and the LTE carriers in Canada use different LTE bands, so it may be hit or miss whether or not your specific phone will be able to roam onto LTE while abroad. Thankfully, modern smartphones are consolidating more and more LTE bands into single devices (manufacturing is just easier that way), so your chances are much higher if you have a fairly new phone.
AT&T Launches LTE Roaming in More Countries; Remains Only U.S. Carrier to Offer International Data Roaming on LTE
DALLAS, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, AT&T* announced today that it has launched 4G LTE data roaming in 13 more countries, remaining the only U.S. carrier to offer 4G LTE data speeds abroad and expanding the international LTE footprint available to its wireless customers to 15 countries—with more on the way.**
In December, AT&T became the first U.S. carrier to offer LTE data roaming when it launched service in Canada. This milestone was quickly followed by AT&T's launch of LTE data roaming in the UK a few days later. Today, AT&T has expanded its international LTE footprint to now include Spain, France, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, Guam, Hong Kong and Antigua & Barbuda.
AT&T is committed to providing its customers a wider global footprint to enjoy LTE data speeds. In fact, AT&T currently has agreements to allow for LTE roaming in over 200 countries.
AT&T was recently named the "Best Global Phone/Data Provider" in the 2013 Best in Business Travel Awards, conducted by Business Traveler (BT) magazine. For international rates and information on packages, visit att.com/global. To check on LTE carriers and network bands available, visit att.com/globalcountries.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
** LTE data roaming requires an LTE device compatible with available frequency on network roamed. A limited number of devices are compatible.
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Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.