09-30-2010 9:32 PM
I have a friend living in the United Arab Emirates who wants to call me directly from his cell phone. My AT&T Motorola razor phone is part of a family/business phone plan here in the U.S.A. that is not in my name, so I never see the bill. I hae a large bucket of free minutes per month nationwde. Will it cost me anything beyond those monthly bucket of free nationwide minutes to receive a phone call directly from my friend's cell phone from the United Arab Emirates while I'm still in the U.S. with my U.S. based AT&T phone (without roaming on my part)? Is the answer the same with all AT&T wireless /cell phone plans or just certain ones? I read a post on here back from 2008 that says that all received calls in the U.S. (not roaming out of the U.S.) on AT&T phones based in the U.S. from anywhere are treated the same, but I want to make sure that this is still true in 2010. Should I ask my friend to use a prepaid calling card to avoid extra fees on my end, or would that even made a difference for me on my end? Any advice on this is greatly appreciated.
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09-10-2012 9:53 AM
11-08-2012 5:03 PM
I just got off the phone with At&t wireless customer service and I was told that any international call that I receive will be charged to my account at an international rate. They told me "you can see that this is international incoming call on caller ID, so you have a choice not to pick up. But once you pick up, you will be paying our international rate." So be careful and double-check with AT&T before accepting international calls. I got charged, for example (that is why I am on this forum and why I called At&t).
The only instance when you won't get charged is if someone sends you an international SMS - then you have no choice to decline receiving it.
11-10-2012 8:01 PM
12-09-2014 3:52 PM
I just called AT&T and after 15 minutes of jumping through customer service hoops I learned that I pay $2.50 per minute to receive calls from abroad (United Kingdom, specifically). I have a normal unlimited talk plan.
Let's let that sink in a little. I pay $2.50 PER MINUTE when I am RECEIVING a call from anywhere that is not the United States.
Does this strike anyone else as absolutely absurd? I've lived in a lot of places in the world and as far as I know, this kind of telecommunication practice is unheard of anywhere else on the planet. Yes, I understand I can purchase a separate international plan to reduce international rates, but how can AT&T expect me to pay when a call that I am not placing?