Is Roaming Free With Verizon?
By Steven Melendez
Updated August 24, 2017
Cell phone roaming charges apply in certain cases when you use your phone to talk, text or access the internet outside of your phone company's network, either in another country or in a part of the country not served by your provider.
Roaming is free for new, postpaid Verizon Wireless plans within the United States, but charges might still apply for prepaid customers, customers on older plans and anyone traveling abroad.
Verizon Wireless roaming charges don't apply within the United States for Verizon's newest postpaid plans, where customers sign a contract and pay a monthly fee.
Users of some prepaid, pay-as-you-go style plans can still experience roaming charges within the United States. Customers using older Verizon Wireless plans, like the MORE Everything plan, also might still experience roaming charges when using their phones in areas of the United States not covered by Verizon's network. The roaming costs reflect charges from other phone companies that agree to carry Verizon customer calls on their networks.
If you're not sure whether you'll see roaming charges or get free Verizon roaming somewhere you're planning to use your phone, you can contact the company to ask.
Verizon plans may charge roaming fees for use outside the United States, including in Canada and Mexico, further abroad and even on board a cruise ship. The company provides a Trip Planner tool to determine if your phone will work where you're going and what roaming plan options are available.
If you're traveling in Canada or Mexico and you have Verizon Plan Unlimited service, you can place and receive calls, send and receive texts and use your data plan in Mexico and Canada just as you would in the United States. If you have another plan, you can add Mexico and Canada coverage for an additional fee.
When you travel to a new country, you will receive information about roaming rates and options there in a text message from Verizon.
If you're traveling further away, you can pay by the day or by the month for an international plan that covers where you're going. A program called TravelPass lets you pay $5 per day in Mexico or Canada, or $10 per day elsewhere, to use your phone at the same rates you'd pay at home.
It may be worth comparing the cost of TravelPass with other options, like purchasing a cheap phone or SIM card from a local carrier while traveling abroad, depending on your needs.
Steven Melendez is an independent journalist with a background in technology. He has an undergraduate degree in computer science and has written for a variety of publications and was awarded the Knight Foundation scholarship to Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.