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AT&T Discounts
Since they use GSM technology, roaming coverage is extensive throughout Mexico, however, AT&T charges postpaid users .99 per minute roaming charges. Text Messaging is .50 Sent, .20 Received. AT&T offers various plans for Mexico roaming with different levels of charges. This situation could change at a moment's notice now that AT&T owns wireless networks in Mexico. They can set the roaming charges to whatever they want for US customers, from FREE to a much cheaper rate.

A great alternative for AT&T customers is to purchase an AT&T GoPhone SIM. Slip this SIM into your AT&T phone and you can roam in Mexico for .25/minute with no additional roaming charges and no daily access fee, no Data is included. Having free access to AT&T customer service can be very helpful. Find out how to set up an AT&T GoPhone to get your calls in Mexico.
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Cricket is owned by AT&T. Cricket phones will work in Mexico for Talk and Text at no additional charge with the $50 and $60 plans and Mexico Roaming is available as a $10 add-on for the $40 basic plan which gives you 100 Voice minutes and 100 Texts, but no Data, while Roaming in Mexico. The $10 feature can be added multiple times, once, or monthly.

MetroPCS is operated by T-Mobile. New GSM MetroPCS phones roam in Mexico with an add-on that gives you the same Voice, Text, and Data allowance while Roaming in Mexico. 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.

"Normal" 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 additonal charges for Voice, Text and Data. You will need a Sprint "International" phone and there are a few limits such as roaming percentages and 1Gb of Data.
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T-Mobile phones work well in Mexico since they use GSM technology, and reports are they now use multiple networks. T-Mobile's regular plans allow you to roam in Mexico with either reasonable, or no, additional fees. Voice calls made to non-US numbers through Wi-Fi are .20/minute, but Texts and Data are included as part of your plan. They offer a unique Wi-Fi Calling app that enables you to make Voice calls through wi-fi in Mexico at the same rate as local calls in the US and would be included in your normal 'minutes'. Roaming works for both postpaid and prepaid customers but customers not on "Simple Choice" plans pay a much higher rate. T-Mobile claims "4G LTE" data service is available, but 4G is not yet widely available and 2G speeds are considered "normal" and may be the best you'll see.
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U.S. Cellular
US 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 currently available.

Verizon Wireless
Verizon uses the smaller Mexican CDMA network, which serves most larger cities and resorts. If your Verizon phone finds a signal, it will work. Also, since some newer Verizon phones include GSM circuitry, they also may 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 rates. Verizon offers a Global Data Roaming option. While it's not cheap it could prevent you from getting surprisingly high foreign data roaming charges. Verizon also offers "International" phones that you can buy or rent that will work on either CDMA or GSM networks.
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There are several prepaid phones that will work in Mexico, some are preferred over phones from the above Postpaid carriers.


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