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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.
AT&T Prepaid
AT&T PREPAID
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
CRICKET
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).



Google Fi
GOOGLE FI
Voice and Data Roaming in over 100 countries including Mexico and Canada. Fi uses Wi-Fi first then automatically switches to cellular broadband.




MetroPCS
METROPCS
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.



PagePlus
PAGE PLUS
Roams in Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands. Talk and Messaging only, charged per use.



REPUBLIC WIRELESS
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.



SIMPLE MOBILE
A SIM-Only provider that offers Voice, Text and Data roaming in Mexico on certain plans.



Telcel America
TELCEL AMERICA
A Spanish language-oriented US carrier with various options for Roaming in Mexico.



Ting
TING MOBILE
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.



T-MOBILE PREPAID
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.



VERIZON PREPAID
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.



OTHER PREPAIDS
The following Prepaid services do not roam outside the US.  This list is not comprehensive, only the most popular Prepaids are shown. Information is subject to change.
  • BOOST MOBILE
  • CONSUMER CELLULAR
  • NET10
  • STRAIGHT TALK
  • TOTAL WIRELESS
  • TRACFONE
  • VIRGIN MOBILE

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
  • Calls to Mexico Mobile Numbers: Not all carriers include free calls TO all Mexico numbers from the US or roaming in Mexico.  Some charge extra for calls to Mexican mobile phones, including numbers beginning with the "44" Country Code.  Fortunately, this limitation is gradually being eliminated.

  • List of Prepaid Carriers

  • Prepaid Coverage Maps
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