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Using your own phone in Mexico.  It's getting easier each year.

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Listed alphabetically. Prices are in US Dollars.

AT&T Discounts
AT&T owns their own network in Mexico so roaming coverage is available throughout Mexico.  AT&T is expanding their own 4G-LTE network, however, their coverage is not yet the best. Therefore, AT&T customers will sometimes roam on one of the other Mexican networks. 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 is owned by AT&T. Cricket phones will work in Mexico for Talk, Text and Data at no additional charge on their $50 and $60 plans, on a mix of AT&T's and other Mexico networks.

MetroPCS is owned 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.

With 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 compatible 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 Calling are .20/minute, but Texts and Data are included as part of your plan. 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 found yet in Mexico.
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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.  Most older US Cellular phones experience less coverage in Mexico than newer models.

Verizon Wireless
Subscribers to Verizon Go Unlimited plans get unlimited calls, texts, and data when roaming in Mexico and Canada at no extra cost. Go Unlimited subscribers may also place unlimited calls from the U.S. to Mexico and Canada. (Customers of the Beyond Unlimited plan already have access to Mexico and Canada roaming.) Verizon Go Unlimited subscribers get high-speed data capped at 500 MB per day when roaming in Canada or Mexico. Customers who use more than 500 MB of high-speed data on a single day will see speeds slowed to 2G rates until midnight. Remember, you must have an 'international-compatiable' phone.
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Prepaid Roaming Phones
There are several prepaid phones that will work in Mexico, some we prefer over phones from the above Postpaid carriers.

  • 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.

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

    Our recommendation is based on price for service in the US and very good Mexico roaming capabilities.

  • The 2nd BEST Option: Set Up a Mexico "Travel" Phone or SIM
    This is a good option if your current phone will not roam (or at least at a reasonable price) in Mexico.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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