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Is Your Phone Roam-Ready?

US wireless phones vary considerably in their international roaming capabilities. Choose your current carrier from the dropdown list to get an overview of how well it roams, and if it doesn't, what you can do to get coverage where you need it.

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AT&T has excellent international roaming capabilities. Their phones are GSM-based and work in over 220 countries. There are several Voice and Data Roaming packages available. They have a helpful online Travel Planner. AT&T phones work on most cruise ships. AT&T Prepaid (GoPhone) roams in Canada and Mexico at reasonable rates.
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Boost is owned by Sprint and roams in Mexico. If you're traveling elsewhere, get an International SIM Card. Learn more on our Global Prepaid Roaming Page.

Cricket is owned by AT&T and roams in Mexico and Canada. If you're traveling elsewhere, get an International SIM Card. Learn more on our Global Prepaid Roaming Page.

Metro is owned by T-Mobile. Metro phones roam in Mexico. If you're traveling elsewhere, get an International SIM Card. Learn more on our Global Prepaid Roaming Page.

With a Sprint "International" phone you are able to roam in several countries with their "Open World" plan with Unlimited Calls, Text and 1Gb Data across the Americas including Mexico, Canada, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Paraguay. Also, with Sprint Global Roaming you can get Free Unlimited Text, Calls for .20/min. and Unlimited Data at up to 2G speeds in over 140 countries, with extra Data passes at up to 3G speeds for an additional fee. Sprint phones work on most cruise ships.
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T-Mobile has excellent international roaming capabilities. Their phones are GSM-based and work in over 200 countries. Roaming charges can be very reasonable with their regular plans especially for Data. Roaming in Mexico and Canada may be included without any extra charges including data. T-Mobile phones work on most cruise ships. Data is often limited to 2G speeds outside of North America.

U.S. Cellular
US Cellular phones with postpaid plans roam in Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Canada, parts of Mexico, and on most North American cruise ships. Rates vary from .99 to $1.99 per minute. Text and Data roaming is only available in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands. If you're traveling elsewhere, get an International Travel Phone or SIM Card.
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Verizon has an international roaming feature, TravelPass, that allows subscribers to deduct their activity from their regular monthly plan for a fee of $2 per day in Mexico and Canada and $10 per day in more than 65 other locations, including destinations in the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region. The daily fee is activated only when a subscriber uses their device to take a call, connect to a data service or send a text while in one of the covered countries. Each session extends for 24 hours, during which time usage is covered by the fee. Another session will begin and another fee will be activated when a subscriber calls, texts or uses data after the 24-hour session has expired. You can leave the service turned on at no charge so the feature will be ready to go when you are. A compatible device is required.
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Prepaid Phones
Prepaid phones and Plans with roaming capabilities outside the US.

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What is Roaming?

Like the proverbial buffalo (or bison to be more accurate), Cellular Roaming allows mobile wireless customers to automatically receive service when they are outside of the area covered by their "home" provider's network. Mobile wireless service providers enter into roaming agreements with each other so that their customers will be able roam and receive service automatically, regardless of their location.

In 2011, the FCC adopted rules requiring facilities-based providers of commercial mobile data services to offer Data Roaming arrangements to other such providers on commercially reasonable terms and conditions, subject to certain limitations. Also, while there are agreements between carriers based in the US with those in foreign countries, those agreements are not as favorable as they are within the US.

WorldWide Roaming helps you determine which wireless carriers offer the best roaming capabilities for your wireless usage. Find methods to use your wireless devices away from home and outside the country without losing service or getting surprisingly high charges. Get more answers to your Roaming questions at the WorldWide Roaming FAQ.

About WorldWide Wireless Roaming:
"Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam..." It is now wireless phone users who Roam, and now, all around the world. Not unlike the days when the buffalo had free range of the plains, (or bison to be more accurate), our WorldWide Roaming pages  include procedures used by wireless phones using cellular systems around the world. Much of this information is from reliable sources including contributions from dozens of other like-minded cellular users. There are costs in running this site (and taking all those trips?), and those expenses are paid by a small commission from advertisers and sponsored links. So, if you ever buy cellular phones, service or accessories online, we would appreciate you doing so by visiting any of the advertisers you see on our site. This site is part of the Mountain Wireless Cellular Networks with shared information across all those sites and contributors.

We welcome updates about new or corrected information and we will fix any errors as soon as possible. We make no warranties to the information, which can change at any time without our notice. Accuracy is the desired goal, and, as with all small operations, there is a lot of information that gets put on hold until time is found to update it.

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