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Today AT&T announced an agreement with Canadian wireless carrier Rogers that will enable its customers to have access to 4G LTE data speeds even when on the northern side of the border. This arrangement makes AT&T the first American carrier to offer international LTE roaming, but before some of you get too excited, know that this luxury still doesn't come cheaply.

AT&T customers can roam internationally by selecting a Data Global Add-On package, the same ones needed to access 3G. These offer 120MB of data for $30 a month, 300MB for $60 a month, or 800MB for $120 a month. Without a package, you're looking at paying $15.36 per megabyte.

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With such limits, accessing 4G LTE instead of 3G is nearly more of a curse than a blessing, as you will simply be able to blow past your data cap more quickly. It would likely still be cheaper to buy a local SIM card and use that for the duration of your stay.

But hey, international roaming is convenient, and there are surely reasons to want to avoid picking up a new line just to leave the country. You just might want to rely on something other than your phone for browsing the web while you're there.

Source: AT&T

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    I don't see the point of this with such outrageous international data plans. Who needs LTE speeds when you have monthly limits of 120MB-800MB? One accidental click and you can download hundreds of megs in minutes on LTE.

    • Aaron T.

      Welcome to the mobile life in Canada. Where we have LTE abound in populated areas, but carriers have (promotional) $50 plans with 200MB of data!

  • motoridersd

    From $0 to $500 in a second! Great cash cow I'm sure

  • abqnm

    And another reason AT&T is the devil. "Here, have this new "feature" that is really just going to make you pay us even more."

    T-Mobile is definitely winning here. Sure it isn't LTE roaming but it is FREE.

  • Zaatour36

    Well, STC Saudi has Unlimited data roaming internationally for only $66.66!!

    http://www.stc.com.sa/wps/wcm/connect/english/individual/mobile/international/internationalRoaming/DataRoamingPackages

    Huge Monopoly in the U.S. markets

    • Xyor

      Tmo has it for free

      • Zaatour36

        2G only
        I'm talking about Unlimited 2G, 3G, 4G or even LTE

  • alex

    I will use tmobile 2g/3g for free . No thx ATT !!!

  • Ben J

    I just turned off my phone entirely while in Canada, on that one trip I went to Toronto, and used the hotel's free wifi on my laptop. Except, if I wanted to use wifi for free there, I had to go to the hotel's lobby, or else pay to use it in my room =/

    Don't know if that's just something standard in Canada or not, but if anybody cares, the hotel was One King West. Very nice hotel, otherwise.

  • John O’Connor

    Anybody else laughing at included wifi allowance? If I go somewhere that has wifi and is gracious to allow me access, these "data allowances" mean jack...