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AT&T rings up a $4.99 international calling plan

Telecommunications giant, competing with VoIP providers, introduces an international calling plan, for wired and wireless phones, at $4.99 a month.

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AT&T rang up a new international calling plan on Thursday, featuring a combined wired and wireless plan for $4.99 a month.

Subscribers of both AT&T's wireless service and its local and long-distance wireline service are eligible for the company's Unity Worldwide Calling plan. The plan offers a flat monthly fee, rather than charging customers for international calls based by the minute.

AT&T's move to reduce the overall costs of making international calls comes as no surprise, given the freebies to be had by using voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, services. Companies such as Jaxtr enable users to make free international calls on their cell phones via a local number. And companies such as Jajah are designed to enable users to make VoIP calls with either their existing landline phone or cell phone at reduced or free costs.