Over the years I have posted various comments on communicating while travelling and at the same time avoiding excessive roaming charges. For the last 5 months I have been trying Google’s Project Fi for international cellular coverage and have come to the conclusion that it performs very well and for the right person, is a viable option.
The cost is simple ($20 per month for unlimited call and text) and $10/month per 1GB. Service can be paused easily and without cost. Calls while overseas are charged at 20 cents/min if using a local cellular network; otherwise, they are at no cost as long as you are using WiFi – which it constantly defaults to where possible. Click here to view rates for International calls, SMS and Roaming.
My only concern is the quality of coverage in our home market, which may prevent me from porting my cell number to Google Fi; however, I am sure in some markets it delivers suitable service to serve as a complete replacement for legacy cellular carriers. For now, I am keeping two phones as it is easy enough when travelling to have texts and calls auto-forwarded from my ATT phone to Google Fi.
Google’s Project Fi is something to consider if you find yourself travelling overseas on a regular basis or just looking to control cellular costs.
You may also enjoy learning about Verizon’s TravelPass as another viable option for cellular coverage while travelling internationally.