Which International Phone Plan is Best?

Being away from your loved ones during your internship in the United States can cast a shadow on your learning experience. Missing the sound of your loved one’s voice can lead to anxiety and depression. That’s why it’s important to call home occasionally. But calling home can get expensive if you don’t have a decent calling plan. Before you pack your bags, do a bit of research on what international phone plan is best for you.

If you are traveling in a group, see what family options are available. A lot of companies offer bigger discounts to plans with three or more lines on them. T-Mobile and Cricket have great savings on international prepaid family plans. Before you commit, check if your home country is listed in their coverage area.


T-Mobile offers both flexibility and low rates with their international phone plan. Their SimplyPrepaid option includes a 4GB plan for $45 per month or 10GB plan for $50 per month. This prepaid plan is their cheapest individual plan with enough data for you to call, text, and stream your favorite shows.  

Their ONE No Credit Check pre-paid option has rates for up to five lines. With unlimited domestic calling, texting, and 4G LTE data on your smartphone, this plan is worth looking into if you’re in a group.

Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless runs on AT&T’s network which offers pretty good coverage across America. Their 5G plan is $40 per month and features 5 GB high-speed data access, unlimited calls, texts and picture messages across the U.S.

Cricket’s Unlimited package starts at $55 per month and includes video streaming, unlimited calls, texts and picture messages across the U.S., unlimited texts from the U.S. to 37 countries, data access plus unlimited calls, texts and picture messages to and from Mexico, Canada and the U.S.

Both of these pre-paid options are compatible with the international phone plan upgrade for an added $10 – $15 per month.  

International SIM Card

Most people already have a mobile phone. But did you know you can take that phone with you around the world? To do this, you need to check that your phone is a Tri or Quad Band Mobile Phone (most GSM phones today are). And of course, the phone should be unlocked.

If your phone meets these two basic requirements, you should be able to keep your current phone and change out the SIM card when you arrive in the United States. Once the SIM card is swapped out, you should be good to go. Just be sure to save the old card to swap back when you return home.  

Once you find the mobile provider you feel most comfortable with, try to make arrangements for them to mail your card prior to your departure for America. This will allow you to have a phone when you land without dealing with those pesky roaming fees.

What International phone plan will you choose?

While there are plenty of ways to keep your spirits up during your time away from home, there is no substitution for the sound of a loved one’s voice. It’s important to have a calling plan in place prior to arriving in America. With a good plan in place, your calls home can be a much needed mood boost without breaking the bank.


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