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Verizon Offering 100MB to International Travelers for $25

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Apr 18, 2012, 11:12 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Verizon Wireless today announced new pricing for its international data roaming plans. Starting April 23, the new Verizon Wireless Global Data Plan offers U.S.-based customers 100MB of data for $25 a month. Once users reach the 100MB limit, they will be notified via text message before being charged an additional $25 for another 100MB of data. International access is available from number of Verizon's smartphones and devices, and requires a U.S. voice and data package. Customers who roam without subscribing to the plan will be charged at the rate of $0.02 pet kilobyte.

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Apr 18, 2012, 12:28 PM

Just curious..

Just curious.. Why do the carriers feel compelled to royally screw international users? I understand the whole contract thing and pricing. But 100M for $25 is insane, you'd think they could do a -little- better than that.
They pay a lot for international roaming rights. You'd be best off just switching SIM cards when you travel (if you have a phone that takes SIM cards, Verizon offers a few) or buying a prepaid phone in another country.
Keep in mind they have to cut deals with carriers in each country. Since most are GSM, Verizon can't offer reciprocity to defray what they need to pay.

Apr 18, 2012, 2:00 PM

$0.02 per Kilobyte?

That is very, very deceptive pricing.

Putting a 2 cent pricetag on anything makes it seem tiny. Real cost = $20.48 per megabyte.
Very, very much so. I had someone come in once who had over $600 on their bill because they were in Canada for three days without adding any international features. They used... 12 MB of data. Over $200 right there.
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