Z Roam

The complete guide for both the frequent overseas traveler and the casual foreign tourist.

Using Your Own Phone in Foreign Countries
Prepaid Roaming Phones

An International "Travel" Phone
Lowest-Cost Roaming
What is Z-Roam?
This is your new source for wireless outside the US.  Find out if you can use your own phone in foreign countries and what to do if you can't.  Go wirelessly around the world from A to Z-Roam.

Can Your Own Phone Roam Globally?

AT&T Discounts
AT&T has excellent international roaming capabilities. Their GSM phones work in over 200 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's prepaid GoPhone roams in Canada and Mexico at reasonable rates.

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Cricket is owned by AT&T and roams in Mexico and Canada.  Details on our Prepaid Roaming Page.

MetroPCS is owned by T-Mobile and roams in Mexico.
Details on our 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 GSM phones 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.
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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.
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Verizon Wireless
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 with roaming capabilities outside the US.

If your current phone doesn't roam where you need it, see Travel Phones.

The Best Methods for International Roaming:
  • The Best option for making and receiving calls outside the US is using a carrier and a plan that includes International Roaming.  Choose wisely and 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 charge you are 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 lower rate, as low as 2G, sometimes based on your phone model. There are many benefits dealing just with your "home" carrier, not the least of which is US-based, English-speaking customer service.

  • 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. Local SIM's also have a wide variation of capabilities including calls to the US at "regular" rates.

  • The Easiest option is to either use your carrier's roaming add-on features or just pay roaming fees, if your phone works at your destination. Paying per usage may cost less than you think. SMS (Texting) is often an economical, or FREE, alternative, but make sure any texting package you have includes international usage. You're also dealing with your "home" carrier which should be available by call 611 or their non-800 number which is usally a Free call. You also save by not having to 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 significant. Wi-Fi is normally your Free data option.