AT&T Makes It Easy and Affordable to Stay Wirelessly Connected During the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver

Jan 25, 2010, 13:02 ET from AT&T Inc.

DALLAS, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Planning a trip to British Columbia to support Team USA™? With the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver just a few weeks away, AT&T* is reminding customers of the availability of wireless rate plans that can save customers money while using voice or data services in Canada as well as offering helpful wireless tips to ensure a golden experience abroad.  

Rate Plan Options

AT&T offers several voice and data plans that can save customers money while using voice or data services in Canada.

For talkers: For $4.99 per month, the AT&T Canada plan is a great add-on for customers who anticipate frequent calls from Canada to the United States or vice versa. AT&T Canada gives customers low per-minute calling rates when calling from the United States on their mobile phones to any wireline or wireless number in Canada ($0.09 per minute), or when placing wireless calls while traveling in Canada ($0.59 per minute).  

For data users: For customers who like to surf the web or check email, AT&T offers Data Global Add-On packages, which can save customers money on roaming and data usage in more than 90 countries, including Canada. For example, the 20 MB Data Global Add-On provides 20 MB of data usage for $24.99. The rate plans are available for select devices, including smartphones, quick messaging phones and touch screen phones. For more information on device availability and other plan details, visit www.att.com/global. For Data Global Add-On see www.att.com/dataterms.    

Additionally, folks who are no strangers to Canada may find value in the AT&T Nation with Canada plan. Subscribers enjoy benefits such as no international long distance charges on wireless calls between the United States and Canada. Nation with Canada plans start at $59.99 per month and feature Anytime and 1,000 Nights and Weekend Minutes for use in the United States and Canada, as well as Anytime Minutes with Rollover®. Additional charges apply. See below.(+) Data usage is charged at a pay-per-use rate of $2/MB.

And for even greater flexibility, customers with Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, laptops, and other mobile devices can purchase an AT&T Wi-Fi Premier plan for only $19.99 per month, allowing wireless Internet connectivity through roaming agreements across the globe, including at more than 96 hotspots in British Columbia and 36 in the Vancouver area. Visit www.attwifi.com for more details and a list of AT&T Wi-Fi and roaming hotspots. Look for the roaming login instructions at each location for more details.  One year term required, early termination fees apply.

For all plans, activation fees, taxes and other charges apply. For more information about either of these voice plans or AT&T's affordable international data packages, visit www.att.com/global.

International Wireless Tips

Whether traveling to Vancouver or Venezuela, if you're leaving the United States, AT&T recommends the following tips to ensure the most optimal wireless experience while abroad:

  • Verify service is available in the country you are visiting and that your phone will work.  AT&T provides voice coverage in more than 215 countries and data coverage in more than 190 countries – more than any other carrier.  AT&T also offers voice and data coverage on more than 130 cruise ships.  Visit www.att.com/travelguide to verify service is available as well as to determine if your wireless device has the frequency and wireless technology needed at your travel destination. A GSM quad-band phone (that works on 850/900/1800/1900 MHz frequencies) provides the widest coverage internationally. Most AT&T phones in stores today are quad-band. For travel to Japan or South Korea, your phone must operate on 3G technology at 2100 MHz; AT&T offers a good selection of these devices as well.
  • Make sure international service is activated on your account. International services must be activated on your account before traveling abroad, so give AT&T a call to verify (800-331-0500).
  • Consider adding an international voice or data package. AT&T offers several voice plans and data packages to make traveling with your AT&T wireless phone affordable. For example, for just $5.99 a month, you can enjoy discounted roaming rates in over 85 countries with AT&T World Traveler.  AT&T also offers several data add-on packages for international use. Visit www.att.com/global for more details on AT&T's affordable world packages.
  • Know how to dial. Familiarize yourself with international dialing. From your AT&T mobile phone, you can typically hold down the "0" key until the "+" sign appears, then dial the country code and the phone number (the country code for the United States is "1").  For example, a call to the U.S. could be placed by dialing +1 (xxx) xxx-xxxx. Print the Quick Reference Guide and carry it with you.  
  • Know how to make an emergency call. The 911 emergency number is unique to the U.S. In many European countries, the emergency number for police, fire, or ambulance is 112. Otherwise, emergency numbers will vary by country.
  • Familiarize yourself with international roaming rates. Calls placed while roaming internationally will appear on your regular wireless bill. Sometimes charges for international usage take several weeks to process and appear on your bill.  For countries available and rates, visit www.att.com/global. If you are an iPhone customer, you can find tips for keeping your international data bill predictable at www.att.com/wirelesstraveltips.
  • Know how to access voice mail.  When roaming outside the U.S., most phones allow you to reach voice mail by holding down the 1 key. If you are unable to reach voice mail this way, dial your own wireless number (inserting a +1 before the number) and press the * key during the voice mail greeting. You will need to know your voice mail password. Calls to voice mail when roaming internationally are billed at international roaming rates.
  • Keep phone turned off or in airplane mode when not in use to avoid international roaming charges. When your device is turned on, calls that you do not answer are routed to the AT&T voicemail system and charged as an international roaming incoming call to your device. However, if your device is turned off or in flight mode and the wireless network is off, when someone tries to call you the network does not try to deliver the call to you in a foreign country and instead the call  will go directly to your personal voicemail greeting and there will be no international roaming charges.
  • Take advantage of Wi-Fi hotspots. Wi-Fi is another way to get online from your Wi-Fi enabled smartphone, laptop or other device while traveling. When planning your trip, identify Wi-Fi hotspots along your route, or find out if your hotel and nearby locations offer Wi-Fi. For a list of locations, visit www.att.com/attwifi/locations.    
  • Be familiar with local laws. In some countries, using a wireless phone while driving is prohibited. Contact the local tourist information office for regulations that may apply.  
  • Contact International Customer Care.  Contact AT&T's specialized international help desk if you have problems or questions while roaming outside the U.S. by calling +1-916-843-4685, which is a free call from your wireless phone.

AT&T also offers specific tips for iPhone and Laptop users to help keep wireless bills predictable. For more information on these and more helpful international tips from AT&T, visit www.att.com/global.

(+) AT&T imposes: a Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge of up to $1.25 to help defray costs incurred in complying with obligations and charges imposed by State and Federal telecom regulations; State and Federal Universal Service charges; and surcharges for government assessments on AT&T. These fees are not taxes or government-required charges.      

International Roaming and Dialing - Special credit & tenure restrictions & additional charges may apply. Calling to and from certain countries may be blocked and changed without notice. See wireless.att.com/global for updated countries, rates, charges & full terms & conditions.  International Dialing: Airtime or roaming charges are in addition to long distance charges. International Roaming: Requires compatible device. Availability, quality of coverage and services while roaming are not guaranteed.  International data roaming can get expensive quickly as international roaming rates apply. Voice and data usage, including data usage incurred from delivery of Visual Voicemail messages, will be charged at international rates. For a complete list of countries visit att.com/dataconnectglobal and rates visit att.com/worldpackages.

20 MB Data Global Add-On gives you 20 MB of usage within over 90 countries for $24.99/month.  Overage rate is $0.005/KB within the over 90 discounted countries. Rate outside these discounted countries is $0.0195/KB. Does not include data usage within the U.S. Qualified domestic plan required. Other restrictions and terms and conditions apply for data.

Nation with Canada:

Calls made from or received in Canada do not qualify as Mobile to Mobile Minutes.

Unused Rollover Minutes expire after the 12th billing period of the month minutes have been accumulated. Night and Weekend and Mobile to Mobile Minutes not included.

Calls made from or received in Canada cannot exceed your monthly roaming allowance (the lesser of 750 minutes per month or 40 percent of your Anytime Minutes per month) in any two consecutive months.  

Certain eligibility requirements apply. See terms at www.att.com/planterms

Limited-time offer. Other conditions and restrictions apply. See contract and rate plan brochure for details. Subscriber must live and have a mailing address within AT&T's owned wireless network coverage area. Up to $36 activation fee applies. Equipment price and availability may vary by market and may not be available from independent retailers. Early Termination Fee: None if cancelled in the first 30 days, but up to $35 restocking fee may apply to equipment returns; thereafter up to $175.   Some agents impose additional fees. Unlimited voice services: Unlimited voice services are provided primarily for live dialog between two individuals. No additional discounts are available with unlimited plan. Offnet Usage: If your minutes of use (including unlimited services) on other carrier's networks ("offnet usage") during any two consecutive months or your data use during any month exceeds your offnet usage allowance, AT&T may at its option terminate your service, deny your continued use of other carriers' coverage, or change your plan to one imposing usage charges for offnet usage. Your offnet usage allowance is equal to the lesser of 750 minutes or 40% of the Anytime minutes included with your plan (data offnet usage allowance is the lesser of 24 MB or 20% of the KB included with your plan).

*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.

Largest Wi-Fi network claim based on non-municipal company and owned and operated hotspots. A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for additional services, details and locations.

About AT&T

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