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AT&T subscribers whose travel plans this holiday season involve a trip to visit our neighbors up north will be now be able to roam with 4G LTE data speeds -- provided you're willing to pay for it.
AT&T announced Monday that it has become the first U.S. carrier to offer international LTE roaming as part of a new deal with Rogers Communications in Canada, which will be offered as part of the carrier's Data Global Add-On packages.
With nearly 42 percent of AT&T postpaid smartphone customers now using LTE-equipped devices, travel to Canada no longer means having to suffer the indignity of an old-school 4G or even 3G network. Rogers LTE now covers 70 percent of Canadians, with 95 new markets launched in 2013.
“Our agreement with Rogers affirms our commitment to deliver superior international coverage to our customers,” said Bill Hague, executive vice president, International, Alliances and Integrations, AT&T Mobility. “AT&T customers already have access to the nation’s fastest, most reliable 4G LTE network while in the United States and now they can enjoy LTE speeds while roaming in Canada.”
And now the bad news: LTE roaming in Canada will cost you extra, with Data Global Add-On packages starting at $30 per month for 120MB, with 300MB for $60 per month and 800MB for $120 per month, which you'll surely burn through even faster now.
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