AT&T rolls out unlimited international messaging for texts, pictures, and video

AT&T rolls out unlimited international messaging for texts, pictures, and video
By Derek Kessler on 25 Feb 2014 02:09 pm EST

If you happen to be on one of AT&T's Mobile Share plans and have friends, relatives, acquaintances, coworkers, or just people you want to message with that happen to live outside of the United States, then we've got good news: AT&T is making international messaging free on February 28th.

In addition to the free messaging, AT&T is rolling out reduced international calling rates. The new World Connect Value package that includes 1¢ per minute calls to "over 35 countries, including Canada and Mexico." Those other countries are located exclusively in the Caribbean and Central and South America, and tiny nations like St. Pierre and Miquelon are counted among them.

Press release:

AT&T Delivers More Value To Mobile Share Customers With Unlimited Messaging To The World

AT&T Also Introduces New International Calling Rates from the U.S. for as Low as 1 Cent Per Minute

DALLAS, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* today announced two of its best-ever offers for international messaging and direct dial calling from the U.S., delivering more value to customers who want to connect with family, friends and coworkers living abroad.

On Friday, February 28, all AT&T Mobile Share and Mobile Share Value plans will now include unlimited international messaging from the U.S. to the world.** AT&T consumer and business Mobile Share customers can send unlimited text, picture and video messages. Current Mobile Share and Mobile Share Value customers will automatically benefit from this offer. AT&T is also excited to introduce international calling from the U.S. to any number anytime to over 35 countries, including Canada and Mexico, for 1¢ per minute with our new international calling package, World Connect ValueSM.***

The "penny-per-minute" calling rates also apply to calls made to any number in the majority of Latin American and Caribbean countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Saba, St. Barthelemy, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Martin, St. Pierre and Miquelon, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Venezuela.

"Two weeks ago, we introduced our best-ever value plans for families and small businesses, and now we're delivering some of our best offers for international," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility. "When you combine these phenomenal new offers, our leading device portfolio available at $0 down with AT&T Next, the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network****, and our award winning customer service -- there is no comparison -- our customers get incredible value."

World Connect Value will be available to all AT&T wireless postpaid customers, including those who have Wireless Home Phone service, for $5 a month as of Friday, February 28. The package offers low rate calling from the U.S. to over 225 countries. At launch, complete details will be available at

Review all our international calling plans at

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T

**Unlimited Messaging: Includes unlimited domestic and international text, picture, and video messages, received or sent from the US, Puerto Rico and the USVI. Unlimited messaging applies only to AT&T's Short Messaging Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) and not to any other messaging services or applications. Using such other messaging services or applications will incur cellular data charges, unless used over Wi-Fi. Messages are for direct communication between mobile phones and must originate from your mobile phone number. Messages sent to tablets, laptops, or other connected devices are excluded. Service may be terminated or restricted for tethered messaging, excessive international messaging or misuse.

International Messaging: includes unlimited international messaging to more than 190 countries for text messages and 120 countries for picture & video messages. Messaging capabilities vary by country. AT&T may change countries at its discretion. Visit for details.

***AT&T World Connect Value℠ Package: Rates are subject to change at any time. $0.01/minute rate applies to calls to wireless and wireline numbers made to the selected countries identified at AT&T reserves the right to terminate your AT&T World Connect Value Package for excessive usage, and then current international long distance pay-per-use rates will apply to calls you make to those countries. Calls to special services, such as Premium Rated Services, may cost more. Other restrictions and limitations apply.

****Based on data transfer completion rates on nationwide 4G LTE networks. 4G LTE not available everywhere.

Derek Kessler Derek Kessler "Managing Editor of Mobile Nations" 88 (articles) 5 (forum posts)

Reader comments

AT&T rolls out unlimited international messaging for texts, pictures, and video


That's an interesting way of looking at it, and I'm sure that was a consideration. However, keep in mind, it may be free for you to send (and receive) international messages, but it may not be free for your recipient to receive them and even less likely that it'll be free when they reply. No such issues with IM clients (aside from the data plan cost.) This is why I ditched texting as my primary messaging long ago, and got my people on Whatsapp (now BBM.) Get on WiFi or get a data plan (which most smartphone users do anyways,) and you're good to go. Plus you can do more with IM clients anyways.

Well, with BBM and Whatsapp offering voice calls... seems like AT&T wants to hit back somehow.... just feels that way imo.

Posted via CB10

Ohh they've got net neutrality to help them with that now lol. I still consider this move done mainly to compete with TMO, although carriers have long been trying to solve the problem of heavily eroding value of SMS/MMS. It's not the cash cow it used to be any more. Not sure about Sprint, but the other three all bundle unlimited texts for free now.

It's a response to WhatsApp &Facebook, too, and possibly BBMx.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

Someone tell AT&T Parma Naraidoo want the Z30 and is going to pay for it with money. Or tell Blackberry to sell it unlocked so I can buy it with my money

Parma Naraidoo

Posted via CB10

I have personally given up that hope that either will happen. The device is 4 months old and still no news of it being released. Best Buy sells it for $750 but that's just a tad high for a 4 month old device lol. I will be purchasing a Galaxy S5 when its released. I love BlackBerry but if I can't purchase a device that is compatible with my carrier then its pointless to stay with them. It one thing for AT&T not to carry it but there is no excuse why it hasn't been made available through BlackBerry.

When one carrier leads, others follow....

I wonder what this would have done to the ridiculous valuation Facebook put on WhatsApp if it had been announced prior to their purchase?!

Posted via CB10

How about they roll out the damn 10.2.1 update...don't really care about their other crap.

Posted via CB10

I bet this is another attempt to get all the grandfathered unlimited data customers to switch to one of these new plans. They want to change as many people over as they can.

I look to the future, data usage gets more and more every year, so I'll hold on to my unlimited data plan no matter what. Heck, last month I hit 5gb used on my Q10... That's a crazy expensive plan if I paid by GB. And I don't want to switch to any of the other carriers with unlimited data because their coverage in my area is not as good as AT&T's so...

Posted without the aid of AutoCorrect with my physical keyboard via CB10

Yah, I love unreliability and having all my texts behind a wide open door to hackers...

Posted without the aid of AutoCorrect with my physical keyboard via CB10

No offense but I don't want to hear anything about AT&T until they release 10.2.1 Smh #thestruggle ends rant

Posted via CB10

True, so much bla,bla,bla,bla and where is the fu#!$ update 10.2.1 AT&T supposed to upgrade since Feb the 10th ?

Posted via CB10

Wonder how long until Rogers picks up this international messaging???
Probably will be another 5 to 10 years with the way they are going

Posted via CB10

Wish Canadian telcos would offer some of the unlimited packages of the USA without our having to pay double or triple the price!

Posted via CB10

Once again who gives a f**k??!!

Where is the damn BlackBerry 10.2.1 update??!!

That's the only important thing for us US customers!!

US carriers SUCK Big time!!

#BB10Believe #BlackBerryNation #BB10Army #BB10Freak #KeepMoving #TeamBlackberry #BBMCrossPlatform #BBM4All #IChooseBlackBerry10

I'm MongezaurioBerry

Hey Saint Pierre! I'm from the Burin Peninsula of Newfoundland, and that's a day trip for us. It never occurred to me they were considered a separate region. You can see the place from the shore in Fortune for goodness sakes, and I get signal in Fortune. In fact, seeing they do a lot of shopping in my home town, I always assumed they bought their phones from the same kiosks I did. I assume including them is just to increase numbers.

They make fantastic bread by the way.

Posted via CB10

Yet again still no 10.2.1 update nor the z30. You can introduce a new blackberry while introduce plans too you know. Don't be scared att lets try something new. Come on att. Geesh. -___-

Posted via CB10

Why do you need unlimited texting and picture/video stuff when you have BBM? Think about it....

Posted via CB 10, using  BlackBerry Z10 on the SaskTel Network.

Some fresh baked "AT&T rolls" with some BlackBerry jam sure sounds gooood....

Posted via my fancy BB10 pager thingy

Yea keep believing att's lies. They will give u hidden fees and unnecessary fees to make up for the money they lose..

Posted via CB10

Agreed not falling for this I'll keep my unlimited everything plan and to God could please release 10.2.1 already this is ridiculous about to take my anger out on AT&T via email

Posted via CB10

Need to look at their data plan to see if it worth the switch. But on the surface this looks really good coming from at&t!

Posted via CB10

If ATT wants to be a game changer, give roaming free as a part of a person current package and give me the Z30

Posted via CB using my Q10

Very nice, as I live in Europe and Vodafone gives me 100 international minutes & texts, yet I feel bad texting the US because it costs them to reply. Plus as with most European phone plans it's free to receive.

Posted via CB10