If you have an iPhone and are traveling abroad, AT&T is now offering new data plans that should save some money over regular pay-per-use roaming charges. Roughly, a 100 megabyte plan will run $120 per month while a 200-megabyte plan will cost $200. That, of course, is on top of the regular monthly fees. From the AT&T press release:
With access to full HTML e-mail, visual voice mail, enhanced Web browsing and other feature-rich applications that can use a significant amount of data, iPhone users may need more than they think while traveling abroad. Just 2 MB of data use at pay-per-use data rates of $0.0195 per kilobyte would cost almost $40, making these new plans very valuable for customers traveling outside the U.S. iPhone customers can also save money by following some simple tips, including keeping data roaming in the preset off position, using Wi-Fi when possible, turning off automatic checks for e-mail and setting the usage tracker to zero at the beginning of a trip to monitor use.
The best part of this announcement is the no-commitment clause. Basically, this add-on is a use-as-you-need service. No long-trem commitments. If you're heading overseas, sign-up for one of the plans. When you return, cancel it. That's nice and simple.