International cell phone plans may not be your first thought when planning your vacation or business trip, however, they should be high on your list. According to the Pew Research Center, 72% of American adults own smartphones. That means the odds are that if you travel to another country, you've got a phone you want to take with you - and know it will work.
You'll also want peace of mind knowing that you won't return home to an enormous phone bill packed with roaming and overage charges.
All of the major cell phone plans offer options for using your phone abroad. Each plan works a little differently, giving you choices for various budgets as well as data, calling, and texting needs. In the following guide, I'll give you an overview of the best international phone plans from the major providers.