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By Ken Faught


Have you ever gone on a trip only to discover at the last minute that your cell phone rates are incredibly high? One of the most-asked question I get is how to use my phone while traveling overseas. So here are what Vanessa and I believe are the best cell phone and data plans for international travel, along with some country-specific information 



Travel Tips / Special Guide – Cheap International Cell Phone Service


I use my iPhone a lot and love its power. Even when I am traveling and want to relax, I am on it several hours a day. I have an over-active mind, and it’s kind of like my fidget spinner. I use it for maps, email, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, world news and to play online poker.

I am also careful about WiFi connections internationally, especially in third world countries because of hacking. So, I typically just use phone service even for data once I leave the United States. I basically try to avoid international roaming because it can be incredibly expensive because companies like Verizon and AT&T charge a lot for this service. So, what I do when I’m not using the phone is set it on airplane mode. It’s quick and easy.


We are big fans of the iPhone and have been using them for over 10 years, but there are other options that work well for international calls.


Quick Tips – How to Avoid a Massive Phone Bill While You’re Traveling Abroad

*Adjust your phone’s settings and turn off data roaming

*Get an international data package

*Control Cellular data for each app.

*Download maps before you travel

*Use a messaging app

*Buy a local SIM card

*Use a dual SIM card phone








Best International Cell Phones

Vanessa Doleshal and I prefer the iPhone and have been users ever since Apple created them. The first thing you need to do is figure out if your phone is locked. AT&T, Sprint and Verizon sometimes lock customer phones to prevent them from using other service providers. This means you may not have any choice when traveling internationally. We recommend that you reach out to your carrier and ask them the best options and whether your phone is locked, and whether you can use other companies when traveling.


Best International Cell Phone Plans

Some of the largest American phone carriers now offer their own plans which allow you to use your cell phone internationally in exactly the same manner you would use it in the United States. 


AT&T International Plans

If AT&T is your carrier, you have two primary options for international travel. They offer an International Day Pass for $10 that offers the same services you have in the United States or the AT&T Passport Plan which is $70 a month, but only gives you 2GB of data, so not a lot.


Google Fi

This is the most-unique service, as it uses the services of Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular both internationally and domestically to produce a discount package. Although it works on many smartphones, including iPhone, it was designed for Google’s own Pixel phone that has special cellular switching technology. An unlimited data plan costs $45, but phone prices vary, and they have multi-user discounts. 


T-Mobile International Plan

This company offers what they call the T-Mobile ONE Plus International plan that includes free international data roaming in over 200 countries. The basic plan charges $0.20 a minute for calls and provides 2G data speeds, but you can upgrade for $5 a day or $50 per month to 4G speeds, 15GB of 4G/LTE data, and free phone calls. This plan also includes free GoGo in-flight WiFi on some airlines as an added benefit, and this can save you additional money. 


Verizon International Plan

My family uses Verizon and so do most of my businesses, and they only offer two plans. The Travel Pass is $5-10 a day or a Monthly International Plan is $130 and only includes 2GB of data.


Every country has carriers that offer prepaid SIM cards, and an internet search is the best way to find out prices in advance of your arrival.


Local SIM Cards - Prepaid

This is the cheapest option available for international travelers if your phone is already unlocked. In most countries, you can buy and “recharge” a local SIM card at convenience and grocery stores, gas stations, and mall-type kiosks. This means you simply purchase a prepaid local SIM card and insert it into your unlocked phone when you arrive at your destination country. Local SIM cards are usually a few bucks and it’s even cheaper than renting a WiFi hot spot. Data speeds are usually fast, and this is a good option of you are budget shopping. 


It’s real easy to change SIM cards on most phones, and it can be accomplished in less than 30 seconds.


International SIM Cards

While you can buy individual SIM cards for each country you visit,  a good option is switching your SIM card to an international or Global SIM card that offer cheaper rates. SurfRoam, OneSimCard and KnowRoaming are the top three for international travel, and it’s another option. These are prepaid SIM cards and they can save you money, but you need to shop around for the best deal.


Consider eSIM Cards 

This is not a physical SIM card rather an electronic card that works with phones that have eSIM technology. This allows you to use multiple service plans on a single phone. The quickest way to find this out is do a google search by asking if your particular phone is eSIM equipped. Here is a great link on Apple that will explain how this can be used on the iPhone which is one of the world’s most-popular phones. 









The Huawei P30 Dual SIM Card Phone


Best Dual SIM Card Phones 2020

One of the latest trends for frequent travelers are smartphones with dual SIM cards. There are a lot of them on the market, but here are the 10 best dual SIM Card Phones for 2020.

Huawei P30 Pro

OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy 10 Series

Xiaomi Mi 9

Realme X2 Pro

Asus Zenfone 6

Asus ROG Phone 2

LG G8X ThinQ

Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 5


WiFi Calling is available on most phones. 


Travel Tips – How to Stay in Touch While Traveling Internationally

You can also save money on phone calls while traveling by using video messaging programs such as WhatsApp, Skype, Zoom and Google Voice. In order to do this, you must be connected to the internet on WiFi (probably at your hotel or resort). 


People Also Ask

*What should I do with my phone when traveling internationally? Follow the steps listed above.

*How do I avoid international phone charges? The absolute best way is to not use it unless there is an emergency.

*Can I put my phone on airplane mode to avoid international charges? Yes.

*How do you carry your phone while traveling?

            -Protect your data with a VPN

            -Buy a phone case

            -Buy travel insurance

            -Use a tracking app

            -Don’t leave it unattended

            -Keep it in your front pocket

*How do I prepare my phone for international travel?

            -Use WiFi

            -Keep roaming off

            -Download an app like Skype

            -Consider an international roaming plan

            -Turn “Fetch New Data” off

*How to avoid roaming charges when traveling?

            -Turn data roaming off

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