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Friday, September 30th, 2016 9:12 AM

How do I check roaming data usage with a passport plan?

I have the Silver Passport plan whcih includes some roaming data, but I can't find out where to check how much has been used (and therefore how much I have left), either on the phone or online. On the phone, it does show "Current Period Roaming" data usage, but I assume that "current period" means the current billing period. The Passport packages are for 30 days but don't align with my billing period. In other words, I used some roaming data in the prior billing period. So I don't know what "Current Period Roaming" is showing me?


In short, can anyone tell me where I can see the amount of roaming data that's been used since the start of the 30 day Passport period?




ACE - Sage


118.3K Messages

5 years ago

Since passport no longer charges the same rate for use as the base rate, and instead charges what amounts to a $50 penalty for “overage”; AND AT&T May count differently; AND because we choose to travel without a plan since they stopped the $30 plan;  we do this :

    As soon as we put the phone in airplane mode, take a screen shot of the mobile data use.  Then you have a number to work from.   We have actually never used Mobile data for the last few trips.

    I don’t find the price of roaming plans reasonable.   And when we travel, we unplug.  The most I ran up was about $27.  We use FB message or Wifi text with hotel Wifi.  Last trip I sent 5 texts, so $2.50 plus taxes.

   In an emergency, we have agreed to call the international number right away and add day pass.  



ACE - Expert


16.5K Messages

5 years ago

@lizdance40 I do something similar.


I take the screenshot and then reset to 0. Then I don't have to do any math while on the trip. And odds are, I'm not going to go over on my normal plan (if I had a limit) when I get back home since I was out of town and not using as much data.


BUT I like being connected. If I don't waste it by doing things that aren't necessary to do on the go (download podcasts, videos, update apps, surf facebook, etc.) I can easily go 3 weeks with VOIP calls and sending/posting more photos than usual (since I have more interesting things to share) and a few other things with <1 GB.  If I have been really cautious, I might send some short videos near the end of the trip.


When hiking in the heat, it's a great way to take a break for a few in the shade and then when I get to the hotel, I'm not wasting time on the wifi, I can crash and start the next day over 🙂



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