Verizon Introduces New Global Bundle Plan

Using phone and data overseas is a recurring issue for me – and surely it is for many other business and leisure travelers.

I’m a Verizon Wireless customer, so as it stands, these are the solutions I see when trying to connect overseas:

A few weeks ago, I reviewed XCom Global, a mobile hotspot device that, for $15 a day, you can receive unlimited WiFi via a small portable hotspot you can carry with you. Combined with a $30 shipping charge, it’s not cheap, but provides reliable service that doesn’t have many restrictions.

Verizon Wireless Has Added a New Global Plan

Luckily for Verizon Wireless subscribers, Verizon has introduced a new global bundle plan.

For $25 a month, you’ll get 100MB of data, as well as a discounted rate of phone calls, at about .99 cents a minute (approximately, depending on the country).

Here’s where it gets better, and where the bundle comes in: For $15 more (so, a total of $40), you get:

  • 100 minutes of phone calls
  • 100 sent text messages
  • Unlimited received text messages

Verizon Global Bundle

 

It’s not too bad to be honest, and much cheaper than paying the $25 basic plan and paying per minute, per phone call. While XComm is only $15 a day, combined with shipping, for shorter trips, it may not be as cheap as this Verizon plan, if Verizon is your preferred carrier. The $40 charge is per month, and while it includes 100MB of data, you can receive additional 100MB installment for an additional $25 (which will continue to bill the more data you use).

By using this new bundle fully, you’re definitely saving money over the traditional plan, so the extra $15 is worth it for sure. For me, I’ll be adding this plan to by monthly bill, though will be disabling it during months of no international travel.

I’ll be trialing this new Global Bundle on an upcoming trip to London, so stay tuned for a review of the service, and whether it’s really worth it.

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Comments

  1. says

    It has a convenience factor, sure…but when you compare to prepaid plans like Optus has in Australia (AU$2 a day for 500MB per day), it’s still ridiculously overpriced if data is the goal.

    • Curt says

      T-Mobile is a great option. The only downside is that the free data speeds are limited to older networks (3G or Edge equivalent), rather than LTE.

  2. Biren says

    Verizon also has an app to be able to find and use wifi “vz wifi” I enrolled in the global plan and will use the app next week

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