Skip the add-on step, Sprint customers now get free basic international data coverage and texting automatically.
The wireless carrier offers its customers basic data at 2G speeds and text messaging free in 165 destinations and voice calls for $0.20 per minute.
For Sprint customers feeling the need for speed, faster LTE high-speed data can also be purchased on-the-go from their mobile phones. In Canada and Mexico, high-speed data will cost $2 per day or $10 per week and in most other included regions, $5 a day or $25 a week. Unlimited Freedom plan subscribers, though, get free LTE data roaming, texts and voice calls in Canada and Mexico.
The finer print...
- Audio, picture and video messaging is excluded. Texting those selfies back to your family at home is going to cost extra.
- Basic data includes only 100MB of data which is roughly equivalent to 4 hours of web surfing or 1 hour of map navigation but at 2G slower speeds
2G data speeds
While 2G speeds should be fine for basic web browsing and checking email--enough to check out online restaurant reviews, but if you want to use GPS or view photo and video rich travel websites, you may be wishing for faster 3G or 4G speeds.
T-Mobile also offers free 2G roaming on its postpaid plans, but Sprint’s list of partner countries is longer, featuring 165 location versus T-Mobile’s list of 145 (including countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific).
AT&T and Verizon continue to charge for all international data use. AT&T’s Passport add-ons start at $40 a month for 200MB of data, unlimited texts and voice calls charged at $1 per minute in over 200 countries. Verizon Travel Pass add-ons start at $2 a day in Mexico and Canada and $10 a day to use your plan’s allotted talk, text and data allowances in more than 100 countries.
Compare all Sprint plans here.
Sprint is considered one of the "big four" carriers in the United States. Sprint's many retail locations are scattered throughout the country, and the company is headquartered in Overland Park, KS.
- Network Sprint operates a nationwide 3G/4G CDMA network on the 1900 MHz PCS band. Sprint's LTE band frequency will support bands 25 and 41.
- Coverage: Sprint consistently ranks #4 in national network coverage tests.
- Where to Buy: Sprint sells their plans and phones online and at their over 4,500 stores.
- Bring Your Own Phone to Sprint: To bring your phone to Sprint, it must be unlocked and have previously run on CDMA technology. Find out more about bringing your own phone here.
- Tethering: Customers who purchase Sprint's Unlimited Freedom Plan will get 10 GB/month for tethering purposes. Customers without the Unlimited Freedom Plan can purchase network data for $15/1GB.
- Prepaid: Sprint's prepaid arm is called Sprint Forward.
- Taxes & Fees: Sprint will charge state taxes and fees on top of your monthly cell phone plan cost.
Fact: Sprint's origins stretch all the way back to 1899 (!) with the founding of Brown Telephone Company in rural Kansas. Learn more about Sprint via our carrier review.
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