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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
AT&T Prepaid 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. If you're traveling elsewhere a good alternative is an International SIM Card.



Boost
BOOST MOBILE
Boost is owned by Dish Wireless. Boost offers a plan add-on that enables Voice, Text and Data roaming in Mexico including calls to and from the US. You must have an "international-capable" phone which includes most newer Boost devices. If you're traveling elsewhere a good alternative is an International SIM Card.



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 to 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). If you're traveling elsewhere a good alternative is an International SIM Card.



Google Fi
GOOGLE FI
Voice and Data Roaming in over 200 countries including Mexico and Canada. Fi uses Wi-Fi first then, if it finds none, automatically switches to cellular broadband.



GOSMART MOBILE
GoSmart is a value-priced service that includes roaming in Mexico and 15 other Latin American countries. You get unlimited calls and texts and the same data bucket as you get in the US. Your data downloads are limited to 3G speeds except for 4G-LTE access to Facebook and Messenger which are included even with plans without data. If you're traveling elsewhere a good alternative is an International SIM Card.



MetroPCS
METRO BY T-MOBILE
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. If you're traveling elsewhere a good alternative is an International SIM Card.



PagePlus
PAGE PLUS
Some Page Plus phones roam in Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands. Talk and Messaging only, charged per minute or per text.  Please note that you must have an "international-capable" phone, which most Page Plus phones are not. Check before you leave. If you're traveling elsewhere a good alternative is an International SIM Card.



SIMPLE MOBILE
A value-priced provider that offers Voice, Text and Data roaming in Mexico and 15 other Central and South American countries on all plans. If you're traveling elsewhere you can get an International SIM Card or consider a Global Travel Phone



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
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. T-Mobile also supports Global Wi-Fi Calling which enables you to make calls back to the US at your normal per-call rate. Otherwise, Pay As You Go plan roaming rates range from $1.49 to $5.99 per minute. Text messaging is .50 to Send, .10 to receive, in all countries except  Canada. "Connect by T-Mobile" plans do not roam outside the US. A good alternative is an International SIM Card.



VERIZON PREPAID
Roams in Canada & Mexico, uses only minutes.
 A good alternative is an International SIM Card.



PREPAIDS THAT DON'T ROAM
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. Almost any current phone will work on Wi-Fi internationally, but if your phone doesn't roam where you want it, a good alternative is an International SIM Card.
  • CONSUMER CELLULAR
  • NET10
  • STRAIGHT TALK
  • TOTAL WIRELESS
  • TRACFONE