Does AT&T Work In Europe? YES. Complete Guide

Last Updated on January 26, 2023 by Ron D. Morgan

If you are taking a trip to Europe and want to know if your AT&T phone will work there, the answer is YES. You can use your AT&T phone or device in most European countries. 

In a nutshell, you can use your AT&T device in most European countries with either the ‘International Day Pass’ or the ‘Pay As You Use’ plans.

Continue reading to learn how you can take advantage of these two roaming plans to enable you to use your AT&T device in most European countries. 

Does AT&T Work In Europe?

AT&T doesn’t have coverage in most European countries but they have partnered with local carriers to provide their service to AT&T customers in these countries. What this means is that you can continue to use your AT&T device in Europe. 

To use your AT&T device in Europe, you have to opt for either the International Day Pass or the Pay As You Use plan. These plans work in most European countries including the United Kingdom. 

Continue reading to learn more about the AT&T International Day Pass and Pay As You Use plan and how to use the service in Europe. 

How Does AT&T International Day Pass Work?

The International Day Pass is AT&T’s roaming plan that allows you to use your AT&T service in over 200+ countries. This plan serves as a replacement for the AT&T Passport roaming plan that was discontinued in August 2021. 

With International Day Pass, you can make and receive calls, send and receive SMS and use the mobile data on your AT&T while outside the United States. 

One main benefit of the Day Pass plan is that you can make unlimited calls and an unlimited number of SMS and use your mobile data for a daily flat rate. 

The catch is that this has to be between included destinations. There are 210 destinations on the list including European countries and the United Kingdom. 

How Does The International Pay-Per-Use Work?

Like the Day Pass, this plan allows you to use your AT&T device outside the United States. The difference is that you pay as you use each service instead of a daily flat rate. 

With this plan, your calls are billed per minute and not daily. Also, you are billed for each SMS you send, and you are billed per KB of data you use on your mobile data. 

This plan comes in handy if you are going for a short trip to Europe. It is best for 10 day or less trip to Europe. 

How To Activate AT&T International Day Pass In Europe?

You don’t need to activate the International Day Pass or the Pay-Per-Use plan on your AT&T device. The plan is automatically activated when you use your AT&T device in any of the 210 listed countries.

The same applies to the International Pay As You Use plan. Travel and start using your device. Your AT&T account will be charged accordingly. 

It is best to opt for this plan if you are traveling to a location outside the Day Pass 210 listed destinations. 

Using AT&T Mobile Data In Europe

The AT&T International Day Pass allows you to use your mobile data while in Europe.  The data speed to expect depends on the data speed available in your destination in Europe.

If there is LTE available in your location, you will enjoy LTE data speed while using your AT&T mobile data in Europe. 

Calls And Texts On AT&T Device In Europe

With the AT&T International Day Pass, you can make and receive calls and SMS on your AT&T device while in Europe. The plan allows you to make unlimited calls and receive and send an unlimited number of SMS daily. 

How Much Is Cost To Use AT&T In Europe

The amount it will cost you to use your AT&T device will depend on if you are using the International Day Pass or the Pay As You Use option. Here is a breakdown of the rates for both plans. 

AT&T International Day Pass Day Rates For Europe

For the AT&T International Day Pass, you pay a flat rate of $10 daily for each device. Also, you pay an extra $5 per day for each additional line you add to the plan. 

Note that the daily fee is triggered once use your AT&T device for the day. For instance, the fee will be triggered when you send an SMS or use your mobile data on your AT&T device. 

AT&T International Pay As You Use Rates For Europe

As the plan implies, you pay for each time you use your device. According to the information on the AT&T site, here is a breakdown of the rates for calls, SMS, and data. 

 

DestinationCallsSMSMobile Data
Europe$2/min$0.50/SMS

$1.30/ MMS

$0.002/KB

$2.05/MB

 

How To Cancel AT&T International Day Pass In Europe?

AT&T won’t bill your account unless you use your phone each day. So, to avoid the daily flat rate, don’t make or receive calls, send or receive SMS/MMS or use your mobile data for the day.

You can take it a step further by turning off the data roaming option on your device to avoid triggering background apps that use mobile data. 

Turn Off Data Roaming On AT&T Device

To turn off data roaming on iPhone or iPad, go to SettingsCellular Data/ Cellular/ Mobile DataCellular Data OptionsData Roaming off.

To turn off data roaming on Android, go to Settings> Connections> Mobile Networks> Data Roaming off.

Tips To Save Money When Using AT&T In Europe

Here are some tips to help you save money when using your AT&T device in Europe:

a. Check Local Rates

It is best to compare the rates of roaming your AT&T device with that of using the local network in the country. If the local network rate is cheap, opt for it and only use AT&T roaming for necessary international calls.

b. Turn Off Data Roaming

One of the things that can trigger the International Day Pass fee is if you use your mobile data. Always turn off the data roaming option from your device on days when you don’t want to opt for the Day Pass. 

c. Connect To Wireless Network

Most European countries offer free wireless networks. You can take advantage of this or a cheap daily wireless network instead of paying the $10 daily pass for AT&T roaming. 

Summary

Have you tried using your AT&T device in Europe? How did it work out for you? Drop your experience in the comment section to help other users.