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Verizon International Cell Phones See Cellular Abroad's rates and packages below

International cellular service has always been available from Verizon, but the majority of Verizon phone owners will be limited to CDMA coverage which is only available in 40 countries. Verizon customers with CDMA/GSM hybrid phones can get additional coverage, but the standard rate for most popular European travel destinations starts at $1.99 per minute. It can be advantageous to keep your U.S. phone number while you're traveling, but you have to be careful - the standard rate for inbound calls is $0.99 per minute, no matter who is calling you - you'll even have to pay if a telemarketer calls your number.

On the whole, cell phone users tend to underestimate the time that they have spent on the phone, or how much time they will need to spend on the phone during their trip. If you have ever been suprised by a bill for "overage" fees paid for domestic cell phone service, imagine what your bill can potentially amount to paying $1.99 per minute - even for local and incoming calls.

If you are a Verizon cell phone user here in the United States and you want to know how to get service while traveling overseas, Cellular Abroad has compiled some useful information for you:

First, your current phone will most likely not work. There are a few, very few, cell phone models that Verizon offers that allow international coverage. More likely than not, you will need to either rent or buy a cell phone. Currently, it costs $2.99 per day to rent an internationally enabled cell phone through Verizon. You will be billed between $1.49 to $2.49 per minute, depending on where you use the service.

Since you are roaming on another carrier's network, there is a great risk of call failure and/or lack of service. This is because Verizon does not have its own international cell phone towers but rather rents the local carrier's network system at a premium (passing on the expense to the customer plus making a nice profit). This is typical of all cell phone providers that offer roaming service.

A less expensive and more reliable solution is to use the same exact cellular network that the locals use in your destination country. Cell phone users in France or Italy use GSM-based networks that are similar to AT&T or T-Mobile in the states, and pay a fraction of the cost of roaming with Verizon. The advantages are more reliable service as well as much lower prices. In fact, the majority of all GSM providers worldwide (except for the United States & Canada) do not charge their users for inbound calls.

Cellular Abroad offers the same exact system and rates that the locals use, including free incoming calls and inexpensive local and international calls. All of our services are prepaid, which gives our customers full control over their expenditure rather than the shock of an outrageous phone bill when they return home.

Rate Guide

Per-minute rates for the most popular travel destinations

Country

Calls to
US or Canada

In-country calling

Receiving calls

UK

$0.06

$0.07

FREE!

Italy

$0.44

$0.22

FREE!

Spain

$0.07

$0.12

FREE!

Mexico $0.25 $0.25 $0.25

Germany

$0.12

$0.13

FREE!

France

$0.25

$0.26

FREE!

China

$0.05

$0.05

$0.05

Australia $0.05 $0.15 FREE!

Israel

$0.26

$0.26

FREE!


Cellular Abroad's Phone & SIM Card Packages

Australia


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France


Germany


Israel


Italy


Mexico


Spain


United Kingdom

Country not listed? Give us a call at 1-800-287-5072 and we will recommend a solution for you!

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