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Wherever i Roam

1:00 PM -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is eyeing the jet set with its latest international data roaming plans for the iPhone. The operator says that its updated plans "can potentially save customers hundreds of dollars compared to pay-per-use international data roaming charges."

The operator has today unveiled plans for discounted international data usage in "67 countries" with a 100 MB iPhone plan available for an additional $119.99 a month, while the 200 MB plan costs an additional $199.99 a month. AT&T customers can apparently add or remove these plans to their existing packages on an as-needed basis.

These plans appear to be another move by AT&T to attract more business users and take business away from rival BlackBerry . The pricing screams business expense rather than family vacation.

It probably doesn't hurt AT&T, however, that the plans could help to discourage the common practice of swapping out your SIM card for a local one when traveling. If you can get online, access email, and message people without fuss then why bother?

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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