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Here Is Every Major (and Some Not-So-Major) International Cell Plan Option for Traveling

There are a lot of data plans out there (call and text too, but c’mon). It’s easy to get overwhelmed, so to make things a bit easier, here’s a chart with the details on international plans provided by major cell companies in the U.S.

Though there’s an overwhelming favorite when it comes to the carrier of choice, chances most of the people aren’t in the market to switch for just a couple of days. Verizon and T-Mobile rely on preexisting plans to dictate speeds and data overseas. Others like AT&T and Sprint add on data, minutes and messages specifically for international use. And watch out with overage fees… for instance, Sprint’s International Data Pack add-on charges $10 per megabyte!

Two tech giants have international data plans as well. Google’s Project Fi offers talk, text and data at flat rates in over 120 countries on Nexus 5X, 6 and 6P. AppleSIM offers a variety of different data plans (price varies by country) for iPads in 90 countries.

AT&T’s Passport, Sprint’s International Speed Data Roaming and T-Mobile’s High Speed Data Passes have multiple options for how much data customers can purchase (tho, T-Mo is offering free LTE in South America and Europe for the rest of the year!). Others, like MetroPCS’s Canada Unlimited and Verizon’s TravelPass are flat-fee international extensions of preexisting domestic plans. The data is so convoluted that it can be hard to digest it all.

Please note, this chart doesn’t include international pay-as-you-go options. They usually aren’t a good deal when abroad for more than a few days. Like, Verizon charges $2.05 per megabyte and Sprint charges $0.019 per kilobyte without a plan (that’s $19 per megabyte!). Yikes!

Carrier / Plan Calls Text Data Price Coverage Overage Fees
Apple            
AppleSIM –– –– Options vary by country Prices vary by country 90 countries ––
AT&T            
Passport (Basic, Silver and Gold) $1.00 / minute, $0.50 / minute, $0.35 / minute Unlimited 200 MB, 300 MB, 800 MB $40, $60, $120 190+ countries, 100 w/ LTE $0.25 / MB, $0.20 / MB, $0.15 / MB
Boost Mobile            
Todo Mexico Plus Unlimited (to U.S. and Mexico) Unlimited Up to 8 GB1 $5 / month Mexico, high speed where available ––
International Connect PLUS Unlimited calls to landlines, 200 minutes to select mobiles Unlimited –– $10 / month Landline coverage covers 70+ countries, mobile coverage covers+ 50 countries ––
Google            
Project Fi Unlimited (domestic) Unlimited $10 / GB $20 / month (talk and text) 120+ countries ––
MetroPCS            
Canada Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Based on plan2 $5 / month Canada, speeds based on plan ––
Mexico Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Based on plan3 $5 / month Mexico, speeds based on plan ––
World Calling 200 minutes 200 messages 200 MB $10 / month 21 countries, speeds based on plan ––
Sprint            
Open World4 Unlimited Unlimited 1GB Included 20 countries, 2G $30 / GB
  $0.20 / minute Unlimited –– Included 130 countries, 2G $30 / GB
Worldwide Voice Canada Outgoing calls to U.S. and Canada free / receive calls in Canada at $0.20 / minute –– –– $2.99 / month U.S., Canada ––
Worldwide Voice $0.99 – $5.99 / minute5 –– –– $4.99 / month Countries not included in International Value Roaming ––
3G International Speed Data Roaming Pass –– –– 100 MB / 1 day , 200 MB / 7 days, 500 MB /14 days $15, $25, $50 150 countries, 3G & LTE where available ––
Canada and Mexico Data Pack –– –– 55 MB, 175 MB, 325 MB $30, $75, $125 Canada, Mexico; LTE where available $4.00 / MB
Multi-Country Data Pack –– –– 40 MB, 85 MB $40, $80 72 countries, 3G & LTE where available $10 / MB
T-Mobile            
Simple Choice $0.20 / minute Unlimited Unlimited Included 140 countries, 2G ––
High Speed Data Passes –– –– 100 MB, 200 MB, 500 MB $15, $25, $50 140 countries, LTE where available ––
Verizon            
TravelPass6 Preexisting plan Preexisting plan Preexisting plan $2 / day Canada, Mexico; LTE where available ––
  Preexisting plan Preexisting plan Preexisting plan $5/ day Spain, LTE where available ––
  Preexisting plan Preexisting plan Preexisting plan $10 / day 100 countries, LTE where available ––
Mexico & Canada 100 minutes 100 sent / unlimited received 100 MB $15 / month Canada, Mexico $10 / 100 MB, $0.10 / minute, $0.10 / text sent
  500 minutes 500 sent / unlimited received 1 GB $25 / month Canada, Mexico $20 / 1 GB, $0.05 / minute, $0.05 / text sent
Global Plan $1.79 / minute $0.50 sent / $0.05 received 100 MB $25 / month Countries outside TravelPass coverage $25 / 100 MB
  100 minutes 100 sent / unlimited received 100 MB $40 / month Countries outside TravelPass coverage $25 / 100 MB, , $0.25 / minute, $0.25 / text sent

6 footnotes

  1. $35 Unlimited w/ Growing Data receive 1.5GB of data; $45 Unlimited w/Growing Data receive 2.5GB of data; and $60 Unlimited receive 8GB of data.
  2.  3GB for $40 base rate plan, 5GB for $50 base rate plan and unlimited for $60 base rate plan.
  3.  3GB for $40 base rate plan, 5GB for $50 base rate plan and unlimited for $60 base rate plan.
  4. Coverage depends on traveling region.
  5. Discounted from original rates.
  6. Customers are charged only on days the device is used.





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