Although I’ve used At&T as my cell phone carrier for years, I recently read that it is not one of the best services for traveling internationally. However, I do not travel internationally enough for it to make a difference in my budget. For those who do travel often, or just want a better deal to accommodate their travel budget, this article is worth reading, especially if you’re technically savvy.
Geoffrey Morrison reports in WireCutter that T-Mobile has the best deal for traveling internationally and using your cell phone without difficultly and high roaming charges. https://thewirecutter.com
Below are some of the highlights I think are worth considering.
T-Mobile – One of the best!
Has coverage in 210 countries and no international data roaming fees. The one drawback: the data is slow.
Dependable data in more than 210“countries and destinations,” that data is very slow: 2G speeds, or 128 Kbps.
$5 a day you can get a Global Pass, which gets you 512 MB of 4G data.
There’s an explanation about using a SIM card if you need more speed. I will not go into detail here – you can use this link to find out more.
Google Project Fi – Next best!
- Better than T-Mobile for international travel for one big reason: 4G data. Your phone will work the same. The speed will be as good as the country’s mobile phone support.
- Project Fi – it works on only a handful of phones. Specifically, Google’s own Pixel, Nexus, Moto One X4s, and now a triumvirate of LG phones.
- Fi is technically available in only 170 countries. Keep in mind that the speeds are better than T-Mobile.
UNLOCKING YOUR PHONE
- If you do not want to get a new phone you can unlock it, which will let you switch providers (T-Mobile). You also have the choice to use a local SIM card. The article details what each carrier requires.
Morrison gives extensive detail on the various plans, such as:
- T-Mobile has a cheaper Essentials plan that’s available for is $10 less a month. It doesn’t include international data though.
- Sprint’s new Global Roaming is very similar to T-Mobile’s, with similar coverage (185+ countries/destinations as opposed to 210+) and similar speeds.
- He also says AT&T and Verizon travel deals are bad.
This is a great article – well written and useful, and useful, especially for those who want/need to save dollars while using their phone abroad.