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    AT&T roaming with LTE in Europe/Asia/Africa with compatible devcie

    I remember when AT&T first released the iPhone 5 you could not roam on LTE b/c the AT&T flavored i5 only had the proper bands for LTE in the Americas AND there were no roaming agreements with intenational LTE networks.

    Fast forward a year and a half to today. If I were to get a European compatable LTE device, would I be able to use the reletively inexepensive AT&T data roaming data buckets with LTE, or would I once more be limited to 3G/HSPA? Are the LTE roaming agreements in place?

    a coworker of mine has been racking up very big bills b/c of data roaming with his Greek post paid plan that only has an affordable "bucket" when roaming inside the other European union countries. but we have been paying 2 EURO per MB and he has been tethering. He mostly travels in the Far East and the Middle East where the AT&T buckets apply but his Greek SIM is limited to the expensive "rack" rates.

    I'm trying to figure out a cost effective way to limit this and AT&T seems to be the way to go (with 800 MB for USD 120 for example.)

    we do not need LTE speeds, but they sure would be nice.

    thanks in advance for taking the time to reply.

    CMM.

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    If you don't need LTE speeds you might consider signing up for a T-Mobile account for a month or so. They do not have any extra charge for post paid accounts overseas data roaming and text messages in 115 included countries. Speeds are slowed to 128k but they are very solid and reliable for most everything except video. Perhaps one day AT&T might be more competitive with affordable roaming.

    In terms of LTE roaming agreements the only one I have seen announced is Canada. At LTE speeds its easy to blow threw a bucket of data much more quickly.

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    There's no much need for LTE when global roaming... Although HSPA+ definitely doesn't slow you down from mowing through those packages...

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    128k would be downright painful. There doesn't seem to be any new roaming agreements so I would expect hspa+ in most places. I went to japan a week ago and all I got was hspa+ which was pretty good for VoIP apps. Same goes for Mexico where I got hspa+ in November and Italy which was also no LTE. All the mentioned countries have well built out LTE but the roaming agreements haven't been struck yet.



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    Quote Originally Posted by xchpstang View Post
    128k would be downright painful.



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    On the surface I thought it would be painful as well. My experience and those of others has been surprisingly good. Although it's slow the connection is solid and persistent so that it does not drop mid stream. It's surprising useful for most tasks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by xchpstang View Post
    128k would be downright painful. There doesn't seem to be any new roaming agreements so I would expect hspa+ in most places. I went to japan a week ago and all I got was hspa+ which was pretty good for VoIP apps. Same goes for Mexico where I got hspa+ in November and Italy which was also no LTE. All the mentioned countries have well built out LTE but the roaming agreements haven't been struck yet.

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    All the countries you mentioned have LTE in some areas, the issue is that Italy operates on a frequency most US phone cannot use due to radio limitations. And for both Italy & Mexico none of the carriers have an LTE agreement. AT&T is the only carrier to have LTE agreements but so far it only includes Rogers Canada and EE UK.

    ^HSPA+ 42mbps---------------------------------------------- ^LTE

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    Quote Originally Posted by xchpstang View Post
    128k would be downright painful. There doesn't seem to be any new roaming agreements so I would expect hspa+ in most places. I went to japan a week ago and all I got was hspa+ which was pretty good for VoIP apps. Same goes for Mexico where I got hspa+ in November and Italy which was also no LTE. All the mentioned countries have well built out LTE but the roaming agreements haven't been struck yet.

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    Not when it's throttled, because you're always getting 128kbps. EDGE is painful because most of the time because AT&T doesn't maintain their EDGE network, so many places don't get a consistent 150-200kbps that properly configured EDGE gear will sustain. I used good AT&T EDGE (consistent 180kbps) back in the day with the original SGS, and it was pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xchpstang View Post
    128k would be downright painful. There doesn't seem to be any new roaming agreements so I would expect hspa+ in most places. I went to japan a week ago and all I got was hspa+ which was pretty good for VoIP apps. Same goes for Mexico where I got hspa+ in November and Italy which was also no LTE. All the mentioned countries have well built out LTE but the roaming agreements haven't been struck yet.
    That's why I thought, but it works for streaming audio, google maps, and a few other basic tasks.
    The only time it would be painful is if you tried to stream audio and use google maps or otherwise attempt to more than one task at the same time on a throttled connection. If I needed anything faster then I just get a local SIM and use it for data. I used to be a big fan of AT&Ts international data plans, but not anymore. The add on packages could be better priced.

    These days, the only thing that looks attractive from AT&T is the Viva! Mexico voice package.

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