AT&T, Fon sign global Wi-Fi roaming agreement

AT&T and Fon have announced a partnership to help their customers avoid stiff roaming costs while traveling the globe.

AT&T and Fon have signed a global Wi-Fi agreement which will improve access across U.S. and international Wi-Fi networks.

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In a press release, the firms said AT&T customers traveling abroad now have access to hundreds of thousands of Fon international hotspots, and in turn, Fon network members will gain access to AT&T's Wi-Fi network.

AT&T, one of the largest U.S. carriers, has over 30,000 hotspots in public areas including hotels, restaurants and retailers in the United States.

The agreement covered smartphones, tablets and other Wi-Fi connected devices, and is likely to appeal to customers who have to travel often and wish to avoid high roaming charges.

"Our agreement with Fon further expands our international Wi-Fi footprint making it easier for AT&T customers to stay connected to what matters most during their travels abroad," said JR Wilson, Vice President, Partnerships and Alliances of AT&T Mobility.

Earlier this month, the U.S. carrier purchased spectrum from rival firm Verizon. For $1.9 billion in cash, AT&T was granted 39 spectrum licenses, located in the 700 MHz band, which covers 42 million people across 18 U.S. states.

According to AT&T, the firm has 95.5 million subscribers.