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AT&T:
Since they use GSM technology, roaming coverage 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).
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CRICKET WIRELESS:
Cricket 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, on a mix of AT&T's and other networks.




METROPCS
MetroPCS is operated by T-Mobile. New GSM MetroPCS phones roam in Mexico (and Canada) with 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:
"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 additional 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:
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
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 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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Prepaid Roaming Phones
PREPAID PHONES
There are several prepaid phones that will work in Mexico, some are preferred over phones from the above Postpaid carriers.





MEXICO CELLULAR RECOMMENDATIONS:
  • The BEST Choice: Add Mexican Roaming to Your Plan
    It could be easy to to just pay roaming fees with your current carrier, if your phone works in Mexico and if the charges are reasonable. Instead, ask your current carrier about a plan or option that that includes Mexico Roaming, and Data Roaming may also need to be added. It may already be included in your regular plan but may not be at the same rate you are paying now. Caution, some Mexico plans do not include Text Messaging, Mobile to Mobile or Data within Mexico. These plans are available from some carriers for both postpaid and prepaid phones.  However, do the math. Some of these add-ons charge you an upfront fee that only reduces your per-usage rate a few cents.

    Our Favorites:




    T-MOBILE:
    Our recommendation is based on price and excellent Mexico roaming capabilities as well as other foreign roaming.





    CRICKET WIRELESS:
    Our recommendation is based on price for service in the US and excellent Mexico roaming capabilities.

  • The 2nd BEST Option: Set Up a Mexico "Travel" Phone or SIM
    Your choices range from a simple prepaid phone for making Calls & Texts in Mexico, a SIM from a US carrier, to an Unlocked phone that accepts a SIM from your choice of sources. Review these choice on our Mexico "Travel" Phone Page.



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