Last year, I took my iPhone to Israel, but turned off all data services, while only using WiFi. I was bummed that a year ago, AT&T didn’t support Israel for just the iPhone when traveling. Meaning, they didn’t have a plan you can buy for when you travel to Israel, like they did for the BlackBerry.
A couple days ago, AT&T announced that they expanded the international data offerings for iPhone users to more countries. One of those countries includes Israel. Not only that, because of the manner the iPhone downloads stuff, they added more packages with higher download capacities.
You can see the new international packages at the AT&T site, they include:
- $24.99/month: 20MB Data Global Add-On gives you 20MB of usage within over 65 countries
- $59.99/month: 50MB Data Global Add-On gives you 50MB of usage within over 65 countries
- $119.99/month: 100 MB Data Global Add-On1 gives you 100MB of usage within over 65 countries
- $199.99/month: 200 MB Data Global Add-On1 gives you 200MB of usage within over 65 countries
The best part is, that you can only buy the plan for your stay, so before I leave, I activate it and then when I get home, I deactivate it and only pay for the time I was in Israel. I don’t think this means I get voice, just a discounted data plan. I would probably opt for the highest plan:
200MB Data Global Add-On
Overage rate is $.005/KB within the over 65 discounted countries.
Rate outside these discounted countries is $.010/KB.2
Does not include data usage within the U.S. Qualified domestic plan required.
The AT&T Travel Guide wizard confirmed that the iPhone 3G is compatible with these new discounted roaming rates.
In any event, I seriously need to get planning SMX Israel. 🙂