CHEAPEST OPTIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL
Talk 'N Travel Around the World
- The Cheapest Option...
for Voice calls is using a smartphone app through
an available Wi-Fi connection.
This includes phones that support "Wi-Fi Calling." For greater mobility
you can buy a Local SIM to use in your unlocked
GSM phone to access a cellular data connection that will allow you to
use an app, such as Google Hangouts, that will allow free incoming and
outgoing calls to & from the US. You can also get
with most SIM's available in different denominations and some are
refillable. Local SIM's also have
a wide variation of capabilities
including cellular voice calls to the US at "regular" rates, or Free
Texting back home.
- The Best Option...
for making and receiving calls outside the US is subscribing to a
and a plan that includes International Roaming. Choose wisely
your phone should work the same wherever you turn it on in the world.
Some carriers offer packages that include
International Roaming, especially for data. It may be at the same price
paying now, but beware, some International plans don't include certain
features like Text
Messaging, so you may have some extra charges.
Also, data outside the US may be "capped" or operate at a lower rate,
low as 2G, sometimes based on your phone model. There are many
benefits dealing just with your
carrier, not the least of which is US-based, English-speaking
contracts are no longer required, there's nothing wrong with signing up
for a regular or postpaid plan, roam around the world without limits,
and cancel before the end of the first month. This works best
when you bring your own phone.
- The Easiest Option...
is to either use your carrier's roaming add-on features or just
pay roaming fees, if
phone works at your destination. Check before leaving or you'll be
depending only on luck. Paying per usage
less than you think. SMS (Texting) is often an
economical, or FREE, alternative, but make sure any Texting package you
includes international usage. If you're dealing with
your "home" carrier, customer service should be available by calling
611 or their
non-800 US number which is usually a Free call. You also save by not
buy a foreign SIM that you can't use at home. Make sure you
know what the charges will be for cellular Data roaming, they could be
Wi-Fi is normally your Free data option, but Wi-Fi is not the same in
every country. Get more info about using Wi-Fi outside the US.