INTERNATIONAL ROAMING WITH PREPAID PHONES
US-based prepaid phones have various abilities for roaming in foreign countries. Most are limited to Mexico and Canada with a few that will work outside North America. In some cases, prepaid phones can use broadband and Wi-Fi networks to complete voice calls and text messages. Services are listed alphabetically.
The new AT&T Prepaid, formerly GoPhone, Roams in Canada & Mexico. Talk, Messaging and Data available on $60 monthly plan and above, Talk and Messaging available for other plans at per-use charges.
Cricket is owned by AT&T. Cricket Pro and Smart plans include Unlimited Calling and Unlimited Text and Picture Messaging to and from landlines and mobile phones in Mexico, Canada, and the US, plus high-speed Data access while traveling in Mexico and Canada (Speeds reduced when you use up your plan's high-speed allowance).
Voice and Data Roaming in over 100 countries including Mexico and Canada. Fi uses Wi-Fi first then automatically switches to cellular broadband.
MetroPCS is owned by T-Mobile. MetroPCS phones include Unlimited Calling and Text Messages TO and FROM Mexico and Unlimited Data while roaming in Mexico up to the limits of your home plan.
Roams in Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands. Talk and Messaging only, charged per use.
Since most of their calls are completed through Wi-Fi, Republic phones will work wherever Wi-Fi is available, including in foreign countries. It appears voice calls on WiFi are limited to and from the US only.
A SIM-Only provider that offers Voice, Text and Data roaming in Mexico on certain plans.
A Spanish language-oriented US carrier with various options for Roaming in Mexico.
Ting is not prepaid but is a pay-as-you-go service that charges for what you've used at the end of each month. Ting offers international roaming with a GSM phone, at per-use charges for Voice, Text and Data as well as FREE incoming Texts.
Both Prepaid and "non-contract" phones roam in over 200 countries worldwide. Roaming within Mexico and Canada is included without extra charges, including Data, for "non-contract" plans. Pay As You Go plan roaming rates range from $1.49 to $5.99 per minute. Text messaging is only .50 to Send, .10 to receive, in all countries except in Canada.
Roams in Canada & Mexico, uses only minutes.
IF YOUR PREPAID PHONE WON'T ROAM:
If your phone doesn't roam where you want it, you need a Travel Phone.