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Global Roaming Plan Finder

Heading overseas? Don’t get stung by steep international 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

Name Product Data Minutes Texts Can I bring my own phone? Cell phone plans starting at:
Starting at 2 GB
30-day phone plans that allow you to cancel your service at anytime. Choose from five different talk, text and data options with the choice to add international calling for $10/month.
Starting at 500 MB
Starting at 200 minutes
Starting at 500 texts
Bring your own phone for a free plan with 500MB of data, 200 minutes and 500 texts per month using Sprint's CDMA Network. Prepaid plans with more data, talk and text start at $9.99/month.
NET10 Wireless
Starting at 1 GB
30-day plans with unlimited talk and text and the option to choose how much data is right for you. Add-on rollover data is available starting at $5/500MB.
Straight Talk Wireless
Starting at 3 GB
Choose from several different plan options with no contracts, no fees and coverage on the same networks as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.
Starting at 2 GB
Get unlimited data, calls and text or a customized plan on a 5G network. Eligible plans come with Hulu, Amazon Prime or Tidal subscriptions.

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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.

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 simply use my existing phone?

In many cases, you can use your existing phone when traveling — but prepare to pay 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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    KrisApril 18, 2019

    Hi, I live in EMEA and would like to have a US number that will work in Europe (incoming and outgoing calls). I’m in the US only few times per year so most of the time the SIM card would be used in Europe. What would you recommend?

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      nikkiangcoApril 18, 2019Staff

      Hi Kris,

      Thanks for reaching out to Finder.

      If you are looking to get a US prepaid SIM card that you can use in Europe, there many prepaid international roaming plans that come with the option to take your cellphone overseas and still make and receive calls.

      Please note that you will need your passport to buy a prepaid SIM card in the US. Some carriers in the US allow you to purchase prepaid SIM cards but they have to be purchased with the handset as a package so make sure you check before purchasing and also review the Terms and Conditions before making a decision on whether it is right for you.


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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?

      Avatarfinder Customer Care
      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.


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