Verizon Wireless' Roaming Policy

Roaming can cost you if you're traveling abroad

Mobile carriers (Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and the rest) publish a map of the areas where they provide coverage — that is, the mobile network in which you can make calls and use data. There's a map of Verizon's coverage area on its website. When you travel outside this coverage area, you're roaming. Roaming charges can get steep quickly. If you're a Verizon customer, understand the carrier's roaming policy to prevent surprise roaming charges, especially if you travel outside the United States.

If you use your phone while traveling abroad, it can take some time for the carriers you used overseas to tell Verizon that you owe roaming charges. You may not see these charges on your Verizon bill for a month or two.

Domestic Roaming Charges

The entrance to a Verizon Wireless store in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Domestic wireless roaming is free on all nationwide Verizon Wireless plans. That means that your mobile device can connect to a non-Verizon network in the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico at no additional cost.

Check your specific roaming policy before enabling roaming on a mobile phone.

You won't incur additional fees during Verizon Wireless domestic roaming; instead, these roaming minutes are treated like regular Verizon Wireless minutes. In other words, if you're allowed 60 minutes for the month in the United States, you're allotted that same 60 minutes even if you're roaming domestically. The number of minutes doesn't go up or down just because you're roaming.

International Roaming Charges

If your Verizon plan doesn't include service outside the United States, you're charged on a per-minute, per-text, and per-megabyte (MB) basis when you travel abroad. In other words, Verizon charges you for each bit of activity but you have control over how much you pay.

When traveling abroad, you may receive text alerts from Verizon explaining how you'll be charged and that you've reached a usage threshold. Verizon may limit your service if you incur significant charges.

International roaming minutes are billed as separate minutes of use (that is, separate from the minutes included in your domestic plan), and can get pricey. Verizon's charges range from $0.99 per minute up to $2.99 per minute.

If you have a 4G World–capable device, use Verizon TravelPass, which allows you to take your domestic minutes, texts, and data allowance to more than 100 countries for $10 per day ($5 per day for Canada and Mexico). Plus, you're charged only for the days you use your device.

With Verizon, you can make calls and use text messaging services on hundreds of cruise ships. Voice use is $2.99 per minute on these ships, and texts cost $0.50 to send and $0.05 to receive.

If you're taking a trip outside the United States, use the Verizon International Trip Planner to avoid surprise roaming charges.

You may be charged a country's rates if you're traveling near that country's border.