Texting friends and family overseas can be pretty expensive, but Verizon doesn’t want that stopping you. Going forward, existing customers can sign up for a new $5 per month “World Messaging Unlimited” plan, which will allow users to send messages from the U.S. to others around “most of the world.” Chances are you have a smartphone and the ability to use services like WhatsApp, Hangouts or even iMessage for iOS. In the event you don’t, this plan is for you.
In addition to unlimited messaging worldwide, the plan also drops the per-minute cost of calls between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, as well as calling from the U.S. to Central America and the Caribbean. Considering how prevalent smartphones are throughout the world—even in emerging markets—traditional text messages are becoming obsolete. But if you don’t have access to one of the many messaging apps (as mentioned above), Verizon has you covered.
Or, if you prefer, T-Mobile now offers free data and message roaming to over 100 countries, all without a contract, while AT&T also has an array of global messaging and data plans. So take your pick.