Depends on the country you are going and where you live. Check coverage maps. VZW and ATT have largest roaming agreements worldwide. It doesn’t matter what device you carry without coverage.
AT&T is best for international use; their phones are GSM-based, which is the typical standard in the rest of the world. Verizon and Sprint phones typically operate with incompatible technology.
Yes there phones can be used overseas....but check with Verizon on what you need to have.
Unlike many AT&T customers I’m very happy with the service, both domestic and overseas. What I don’t like is their lack of really outstanding new generation devices. They put all their apples in the iPhone basket, and Sprint and Verizon are getting better hardware, in my opinion.
Well, off hand I’ve had Sprint for many years. It has always worked for me.
Starting from scratch you need to consider first what phone you need.
What data, video, voice and applications you are going to be using and how often.
In other words if you going with an I-phone, windows phone or other data phone.
I have the Samsung 30 instinct it is an other data phone. It is ok for me as I only check email, Freerepublic and do no video or other applications other than Poker.
If you are going to use a lot of applications and video then do some research on the I phone and window phones with their associated apps.
Chose your phone then your provider, considering you want fixed price for voice, data, video, text etc. I have unlimited voice, data and text for a fixed price at Sprint but I do not believe they have a windows phone.
At&T because they have the I-phone. Everyone I work with has them and loves them. They are superior to any other smart phone. I don’t know what AT&t’s International data plan is but it’s expensive I’m sure. You can use WiFi though so you can get by with the domestic plan if you can find WiFi access.
AT&T service SUCKS! There is an article in the news last week stating how much calls are dropped with AT&T service. Of course they deny it, but I have AT&T and know for a fact if you can make a call without being dropped for more than a brief few minutes it is a miracle.
As for customer service VZW sucks although I have heard no better about anyone else. My wife called them to find out if she could call from Aruba and they said "Sure, no problem" without warning her about the cost or offering the overseas temporary package.
I use T-Mobile which is owned by deutsche telefon. After Vodaphone is the second largest provider in the world. I have had them since it was Omnipoint and later became voicestream when DT bought them. It is a GSM network that happens to be far better abroad than it is here. If you are travelling to the UK and Ireland ATT will do as well since that is Vodaphone terrain, while T-mobile has the continent and the middle east. Anyway, here in NY T-mobile is as good as ATT and in some spots better. I also have roaming on my plan so I can practically use it anywhere.
Go with AT&T. I bought my Nokia 72e in Indonesia and used it with the Telkom company there. It is on the 3G network. When I came to the states, not only w/the Telkom SIM card did I receive calls from Indonesia (that is the power of the 3G network, but I was easily able to switch SIM cards to get service via At&T.
It basically depends upon how long you’re going to be out of the country. If as long as 3 months or longer, I would get an UNLOCKED phone such as AT&T provides, and do the SIM switch. If a short time, just get a phone that is 3G and has a generous roaming policy.
I live in the Los Angeles area and Sprint/Boost works for me. Maybe in a outlying area it might not be the best choice. You would have to check.
My Sprint phone would not work in China last summer - could receive calls from U.S. but could not call to either the U.S. or any numbers in China. I think the people with me who had the best service there were using AT & T...
I have been with T-Mobile for years and just bought a new phone. AT&T is Satan.
It looks like you live in Illinois. Have you thought about US Cellular? They are a regional carrier, but where they are, they are top notch.
They all suck.
That said, ATT is the best for international.
Beware of data usage overseas and Japan has a unique system that will not work with any American phones. If you travel there, rent a phone for the duration of your visit.
http://www.jcrcorp.com/ are good.
FWIW, I’m an IT manager for a VC that travels extensively overseas.
Worth saying again, watch your data usage outside of the US.
Sprint stinks. I leave in the burbs south of Cleveland. If I’m at home and the cell rings, I have to walk to the end of my driveway to use it. Fun in the winter.
Your best bet is to find out which phone carrier works where you will use it the most. You can’t say that any given cell company works the best everywhere because none do. You can make this determination by trying out their prepaid offerings where you plan to work. You could also invite friends over to your home to let them show you how well their phones work. Once you find which carrier works best, then choose one of their phones that has international roaming capabilities.
Do not roam on your US account. You will almost certainly get raped.
A few years ago, we went on a trip to the UK. We had a $90 Nokias. When we got to England, we loaded our phones with £25 SIMs from Orange. The phones worked all over the country, except for one or two remote spots in Wales. Lots of mobile-to-mobile calling and some calls back to the US. I think I reloaded mine once (over the phone, credit card).
We are just back from Europe — Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany. My husband took his iPhone. We had International Roaming but NOT International Data Roaming. He said it cost about $50 extra. He also turned off ‘a bunch of things.’ Can provide details if you want.
PS — Husband used his iPhone with AT&T — I forgot to add that. It was excellent service and we had no problems. International Data Roaming can cost thousands, I have heard, for things we take for granted here in the US.