1. saxman211's Avatar
    I'm with Sprint and was considering getting a Blackberry until I found out that they recently discontinued their international data plan. What are the international calling and data plans like on the other networks? WHich do you recommend?
    07-15-10 10:25 PM
  2. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    If you get the 9650 on Sprint it is unlocked out of the box. You could purchase a prepaid SIM card in a foreign country and use it, thus avoiding any international data charges.

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    07-15-10 10:35 PM
  3. saxman211's Avatar
    right... the only thing is. If I'm traveling to more than one country, that could be a lot of sim cards. Sometimes when I travel I can be in a different country daily...
    07-15-10 11:33 PM
  4. FF22's Avatar
    Verizon's Global plan (while not cheap and hopefully, they will not follow Sprint) is

    $65/month UNlimited data. It replaces the Bis plan's $30/month, so in effect and extra $35/month. It is prorated, two weeks, divide each plan and pay accordingly.

    For an additional $5/month, phone calls in/out in Europe (don't know about other locales) are about half price or still a pricey $0.99/minute and that includes calls within Europe (might be limits) and to/from US. Those were the rates in Germany, Italy and Austria.
    07-15-10 11:39 PM
  5. saxman211's Avatar
    Thanks F2. What is the Bis plan? Is this $65 plan on top of the regular plan? Is it a special international plan?
    07-16-10 12:05 AM
  6. FF22's Avatar
    BIS is the non-corp consumer plan and it is $30/month. If you go Global, you stop paying that and instead pay $65/month. So for International (within certain areas and you'd have to check) coverage for DATA, it is $35 more per month than "normal."
    07-16-10 08:32 AM
  7. jbeachy's Avatar
    @F2 - do you know if the VZW global plan can be activated and deactivated so it's only active when traveling abroad? Would hate to pay to extra for a 6- or 8-month period when I know I won't be traveling.

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    07-16-10 08:47 AM
  8. Motorcycle Mama's Avatar
    Yes. You can can them activate it and deactivate it and it will be pro-rated.
    07-16-10 08:53 AM
  9. jbeachy's Avatar
    Yes. You can can them activate it and deactivate it and it will be pro-rated.
    Thanks. Thought that might be the case.

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    07-16-10 09:21 AM
  10. SevereDeceit's Avatar
    I spent 8 days in Mexico, had data, unlimited roaming, it was only $20.00 extra. Not bad if you ask me...
    07-16-10 09:23 AM
  11. saxman211's Avatar
    Not bad... So this verizon unlimited plan is basically $35 a month for the additional international plan? And this includes unlimited international data?
    07-17-10 02:28 AM
  12. Motorcycle Mama's Avatar
    That's correct.

    The plan will be $35 more than you are paying right now for data. And it will replace your current data plan. And it is unlimited.
    07-18-10 08:08 AM