WIRELESS PHONES IN
Since they use GSM technology, roaming is extensive throughout
Mexico, some of it on AT&T's newly upgraded 4G network. They
now offer "AT&T
Mexico Roaming Bonus" to Mobile Share Value consumer and business
customers for free which allows unlimited texting to anywhere
in the world and unlimited voice calling within Mexico and from Mexico
to the United States. Additionally, customers will get 1 GB of data to
use while in Mexico (with overage charges of $20 per GB).
is owned by AT&T. Cricket
phones will work in Mexico
for Talk, Text and Data at no additional charge with the $50 and $60
plans and currently uses a
AT&T and non-AT&T networks.
is operated by T-Mobile. New GSM MetroPCS phones roam in
an add-on that gives you the same Voice, Text, and Data allowance while
Roaming in Mexico as you have in the US. Limited to plans $40 and over.
Depending on when you
add the feature, the "Mexico Unlimited" plan is either Free or
$5/month. Old CDMA MetroPCS phones don't roam outside the US.
Sprint phones use the smaller
CDMA network in Mexico. Under Sprint's new "Open World" plan, you can
roam in Mexico and several other countries across the Americas with no
additional charges for Voice, Text and Data. You will need a
"International" phone and there are a few limits such as roaming
percentages and 1Gb of Data.
phones work well in Mexico since they use GSM technology, and reports
are they use multiple networks. T-Mobile's regular plans allow
to roam in Mexico with either reasonable, or no, additional fees. Their
"Mobile without Borders" plan allows you to roam in Mexico (and Canada)
with no additional charges for Voice, Text or Data. This includes calls
TO & FROM the US, Mexico and Canada with Data included, with
download speeds up to 4G LTE rates, if you can find it.
Pay-As-You-Go phones will also roam in Mexico but the per-minute rate
high. T-Mobile's "Wi-Fi Calling" app allows voice calls made through
wi-fi at no additional charge but in light of their broad roaming
capabilities, wi-fi calling is a better option for where you have no
cellular signal but do have wi-fi.
Cellular phones with postpaid plans roam in Mexico, although the
roaming networks are not as extensive as GSM networks. Rates include a
$3 per day surcharge, plus $.99 per minute, plus any pass-through toll
charges from the foreign carrier. Text and Data roaming are not
phones use the smaller Mexican CDMA network, which serves most larger
and resorts. If your Verizon phone finds a signal, it will work. Newer
Verizon phones include GSM circuitry, so they will
roam on one of the better GSM networks. They offer Mexico
Minutes Plans which allow 1,000 minutes of roaming in Mexico
for about $15 more than regular plans. Data roaming charges are
$.005/KB ($5.12/MB). Plans without free Mexico Roaming, incur a charge
of .99 per minute for both incoming and outgoing calls within Mexico.
Text Messaging in Mexico is
.50 Sent, .20 Received. Both postpaid and prepaid Verizon phones work
in Mexico at the same per-use rates. Verizon offers a Global Data
option. While it's not cheap it could prevent you from getting
surprisingly high foreign data roaming charges.
There are several prepaid phones and plans that will work in Mexico,
preferred over phones from the above Postpaid carriers.