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You come home from vacation. You’re relaxed. You’re refreshed.
Then you check your cell phone bill and find that you owe $800.
International roaming rates are nothing to mess around with, so it’s important to know what you’re on the hook for before you travel abroad. We’ve surveyed the mobile landscape and picked out the carriers and plans that are most friendly to frequent out-of-country travelers.
to use when traveling abroad is often much more cost-effective than using your normal plan abroad. Then you can buy a prepaid SIM in your destination country and simply pop it into your phone for access to the local network. You can call your carrier and ask whether your phone is compatible with international SIM cards.
We evaluated all the major international roaming cell phone plans on the market, including those offered by AT&T, Google’s Project Fi, MetroPCS, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.To determine the best plans, we looked at the price of the international roaming option before taxes and fees, the price per gigabyte of data, and the price of international calls and texts.