Of Course AT&T's New International Messaging Plans Would Be Ass Expensive

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AT&T just announced their new international SMS plans and they're ridonkulous: 200 messages for $30 and 500 messages for $50. Hah! 50 bucks! Just for sending texts! Who in the half brain hell would sign up for that?

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Okay, it's a better deal than what AT&T previously offered, which was $0.50 per text (50 texts for $10) but still, for $30-$50 I can probably land myself a local pre-paid plan that could link me up with data. And when I have data, I can avoid the rip off known as text messages entirely with Google Voice or e-mails or the bazillion other options that are much cheaper and nearly as good.

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Don't be fooled people, it might be really easy to sign up for this "Global Messaging" plan but so is flushing money down the toilet, and you wouldn't do that, right? One silver lining: the 200/500 messages only count the texts you send OUT not the text you receive abroad. [AT&T via Engadget]

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I'm on vacation in Canada at the moment, and currently getting raped in the b-hole for data. I paid $25 for like 50MB. I've been using my phone like a refugee. Can't find the bus I need? No problem. I can use Maps for like 45 seconds as I bark out French street names to my crying wife before I switch data roaming back off. I'm sure I'm already at like double or triple my allotment, but it's better than getting a $1,000 bill I suppose. But I'm 60-some miles away from the US border, not in central Africa.

Oh, and every time I switch it on, I get at least 5 text messages. I'm glad I paid $9 for the continuing saga of my friend backing into his mailbox he felt like unloading on me. I didn't get their stupid plan; I'm just going to call and complain when I get back.