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.
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.
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.