New Verizon TravelPass Introduces Cheaper International Rates
Earlier this week Verizon introduced TravelPass, a much cheaper way for Verizon customers to use their smartphones abroad. Under the new plan, customers will be able talk, text, and use data in Canada or Mexico for $2 per 24 hour period, or $10 per 24 hour period in more than 65 other countries. Any minutes you use on the phone or data you use while abroad, will be deducted from your regular plan. Previously, Verizon customers had to pay roaming charges, which many times resulted in outrageous bills.
Verizon International Talk, Text and Data (TravelPass)
- Canada or Mexico @ $2 per 24 hour period (4G Service)
- 65 other countries @ $10 per 24 hour period (3G Service)
The new Verizon TravelPass is a step in the right direction, but it’s still not very thrifty. If you’re in Canada or Mexico it’s easy to justify $2 per day, but $10 a day is a little steep for international data. Especially since T-Mobile users get international data for free. One positive element of Travelpass is that talk is included, which is not the case with T-Mobile. I am a T-Mobile user and generally use Skype when abroad, but it would be nice to make calls from your own number.
To sign up for TravelPass, simply visit MyVerizon.com and select “manage international services” or use the MyVerizon app on your phone to activate TravelPass before embarking on a trip. Once at your destination, you’ll receive a text message welcoming you to the country and reminding you of the service and the daily fee: $2 per 24 hours in Mexico and Canada or $10 per 24 hours in 65+ other countries.
Once you activate the Verizon TravelPass service, you’ll only be charged for days that you use your phone. To activate each day, simply make or receive a call, use data or send a text. TravelPass sits dormant on your account when you’re not using it, so after you set it up you can forget about it.
You’ll still need to be careful, though since China, Russia, and all of Africa aren’t covered and thus subject to high roam fees. If you are not in one of the 65 countries included in TravelPass you’ll need to sign up for a Preferred Pricing Plan, in which case you’ll be charged $25 for every 100MB of data you use (if you use more than 100MB).
Caribbean and Central and South America: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Eustatius & Saba, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Maartin/Saint Martin, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos.
Europe and Middle East: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Mann, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira and Azores, Netherlands, Norway, Palestinian Territories, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Vatican City.
Asia Pacific: Australia, Singapore, Taiwan.
I personally use T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plan which allows free international data in almost every country around the globe. It’s not quick by any means and it’s generally 2G and 3G speeds, but it is fast enough to use Google Maps for navigation. You also get free Wi-Fi calling to anywhere in the US if you have a Wi-Fi signal while abroad. I’ve used T-Mobile’s international service in Europe and Asia and I’ve been very satisfied and let’s be honest, it doesn’t get much better than free.
Verizon TravelPass is a great new way to travel without having to worry about having phone service. TravelPass is not cheap, but it is a good alternative if you are traveling for two weeks or less. If you are traveling internationally for longer than two weeks try to pick up a SIM card on eBay or at the airport when you land. SIM card availability varies but country but you may be able to save over Verizon’s $10 a day service. In many cases you can also get 4G service with a local SIM card (over 3G service with TravelPass).