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Heading overseas? Don’t get stung by steep roaming charges.

A mobile phone is an essential travel accessory. But no one wants to return from an overseas jaunt to face thousands of dollars in excess roaming charges.

Compare international roaming mobile plans

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SIMPLE Mobile
SIMPLE Mobile
  • Plans: Individual
  • From: $25/month
  • Min. contract: None
  • The Truly Unlimited plan gives you
    Unlimited talk, text and data for $50/month
  • No contracts
  • No credit check
  • Unlimited international calling
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FreedomPop
FreedomPop
  • Plans: Individual, Family, Business
  • From: $0/month
  • Min. contract: None
  • The Basic 500 Plan gives you
    200 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB data for $0/month
  • Offers a Free talk, text & data plan
  • Data can rollover month to month
  • Call other FreedomPop users for free
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NET10 Wireless
NET10 Wireless
  • Plans: Data, Pay-As-You-Go, Home, Business, International
  • From: $20/month
  • Min. contract: None if you choose a Pay-As-You-Go
  • The Mega Data User Plan gives you
    Unlimited nationwide talk and text plus 10GB high-speed data for $60/mo
  • Nationwide coverage with flexible prepaid plans for talk, text & data.
  • Unlimited international talk for $65 a month.
  • No credit checks, no activation fees.
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    Straight Talk Wireless
    Straight Talk Wireless
    • Plans: Individual, Family, Business & International
    • From: $30/month
    • Min. contract: None - Pay as you go
    • The Unlimited 5G Plan gives you
      Unlimited Talk, Text and Data for just $45/month
    • No contract option for nationwide coverage.
    • Unlimited international plan for $60 a month.
    • Bring your own phone.
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      How to save on global roaming

      You have options when it comes to minimizing annoying roaming charges, giving you more time to focus on your vacation.

      • Rent a device. You can rent devices that range from the most basic to the latest iPhone. Rents vary from $40 to $70 or more weekly, and most come with the ability to download contacts from the cloud for the duration of your travels.
      • Try pay-as-you-go. Many operators offer data-only plans for the US traveler on the go. By pairing a SIM card with your unlocked device, you can connect to local networks for unlimited Internet access. Depending on the provider, costs can range from $10 for 24-hour plans to 30 days of 2Gb for $50.
      • Use Wi-Fi only. Switch to airplane mode, and you can connect through Wi-Fi at any number of hot spots along your traveling route. Download WhatsApp, Skype or any other number of apps to text or call loved ones through Wi-Fi.
      • Turn off third-party sync. Even if you turn off roaming and syncing, some third-party apps can override your settings. You may need to fully turn off syncing within each app’s settings.
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      How easy is it to find a Wi-Fi hot spot while traveling?

      The US has got some catching up to do when it comes to free public Wi-Fi. But you’ll find some 47.7 million public hot spots throughout Europe, Asia and beyond — which means you should have an easy time staying connected outside of a data plan.

      Can’t I just use my existing phone?

      In many cases, you can use your existing phone when traveling — but prepare to pay dearly for the privilege in the form of higher rates for data. You’ll also pay whenever you receive calls, as well as make them.

      If you choose to use your own phone, take care to track your use so that the bill awaiting you at home isn’t a complete surprise. Several smartphone apps are available to help you monitor your data.

      Bypass these costs by looking into a roaming deal with your network. Or buy a dedicated travel SIM card to use while overseas.

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        ToddSeptember 6, 2018

        If I buy and use a prepaid SIM card in france, can I set my US number to forward calls to the SIM card?

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          CharisseSeptember 6, 2018Staff

          Hi Todd,

          Thank you for reaching out to finder.

          It depends if your US telco provider allows call forwarding service to a France SIM card. You need to contact your telco provider and consult them directly if this is possible.

          Hope this helps.

          Cheers,
          Charisse

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