Just make sure to keep the phone in “airplane mode” when not in use, otherwise, you can rack up big fees without knowing it.
It’s wise to call your provider to make sure the phone will even work at your planned destination, and confirm how much their international plans cost if not included in your regular service.
I can check on bus schedules, pull up Google Maps if I’m lost, get help in an emergency, and much more.
If you have a cell phone plan with a major carrier in the US, you can usually continue to use your phone while traveling overseas. While this is extremely convenient, it can be ASTRONOMICALLY expensive.
A working cell phone allows me to call locals for meetups, get directions, or ask for recommendations.
This can limit your options for using cheap international cell phone & data service overseas.
One option is to buy a separate cheap unlocked international phone to use specifically when you’re traveling.
Another option is to call AT&T or Verizon and ask them what steps you need to take to your phone, which may require paying a fee.
If your phone is already unlocked (which means you’re able to use SIM cards from different cell companies), then it’s possible to buy a local SIM card when you arrive at your destination and use a local pre-paid cell phone plan.
This is by far the cheapest option out there, especially for longer-term travel.Data speeds with a local smartphone plan are always very fast 4G LTE where available.