On Thursday, Verizon Wireless announced a new way for customers to use their smartphone while travelling abroad.
With TravelPass, Verizon customers can access their existing talk, messaging, and data plan for as little as $2 a day, per line. "No more roaming charges, calling cards or searching for a Wi-Fi hotspot. TravelPass deducts minutes, text and data from your existing domestic plan allowances so you can travel without fear of roaming charges and hidden fees," said Verizon. "Unlike other providers, Verizon doesn't use gimmicks like 'free data roaming' to lure you in and then put you on a slower network and restrict your data use while outside of the U.S. With TravelPass you'll get great international service - which is just what you would expect from Verizon."
Users can activate TravelPass on MyVerizon.com, or through the MyVerizon app on their smartphone before they travel abroad, and once they've landed, users will receive a text message reminder for the service and its daily fee. In Mexico and Canada, 24 hours with TravelPass costs just $2. The service is available in more than 65 additional countries across Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Asia Pacific, and Middle East for $10 a day. "Another daily session will begin once you make or receive a call, send a text or use data after the 24-hour period expires," explained Verizon. "You can keep TravelPass on your account at no charge so it will be ready the next time your travels take you abroad." To use TravelPass, users should enable International Services ahead of their trip to ensure their plan is configured to overseas use. There is no charge to add International Services, though taxes and fees apply for TravelPass use abroad. Users must have a 4G world phone to use TravelPass.
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