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An Overview of Global Roaming Phone and Data Options

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An Overview of Global Roaming Phone and Data Options

by BWR » Sun May 20, 2018 12:35 pm

The article associated with this topic was submitted by Sherry McCampbell and was published on 5/20/2018. It may be found on the Cruisers' Workshop page on the SSCA website's Publications Menu, under the topic "Miscellaneous."

Please feel free to add your comments on this article by Sherry McCampbell to this thread.
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Re: An Overview of Global Roaming Phone and Data Options

by HartleyGardner » Sun May 20, 2018 6:28 pm

Hello Sherry!

An interesting overview of what is a very confusing (and, I fear, constantly-changing) situation. Just one nit to pick - you talked about T-Mobile plans, then referred to AT&T as "the other major cellular carrier" - but the biggest carrier of all didn't make the cut? We have Verizon, and they are a lot like AT&T - great for a short vacation abroad, not for full-time cruising (though they have a great deal for Mexico now). Their coverage in the US is, in our estimation, unmatched.

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Re: An Overview of Global Roaming Phone and Data Options

by Soggy Paws USA » Mon May 21, 2018 6:38 pm


Sorry about the omission of any mention about Verizon. I've never had Verizon service and the last time I was in touch (2007? when I was full time living and working in the U.S.) a Verizon phone was no good overseas because they were not GSM compatible.

Do all Verizon phones come with a GSM sim card slot? or at least GSM capabities in addition to the normal Verizon frequencies?

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Re: An Overview of Global Roaming Phone and Data Options

by skipmac » Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:47 pm

Not all Verizon phones are but with just a little research you can get a global, quad band phone that will work on CDMA (Verizon, Sprint) or GSM (ATT, T-Mobile and most of the rest of the world).

Having tried all except T-Mobile in my experience Verizon does by far have the best coverage in the US and the best customer service, but their overseas and roaming plans are highway robbery.
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