iPhone in Europe: Comparing AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile’s plans

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iPhone ATT vs Verizon international plans

Note: This article is part of a series on Using an American iPhone in Europe… without Going Broke.

If you’re trying to decide between AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile as carriers for your iPhone or other smartphone, consider the differences in their rate plans for using these devices in Europe.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the differences. (Rates updated in April 2015.)

AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile: iPhone Abroad Comparison

Services AT&T Verizon T-Mobile
Phone calls (placing and receiving) No plan: $1.50 / minutePassport plans: From $.35 to $1 per minute No plan or $25 bundle: $1.29/min$40 bundle: 100 minutes included ($.25 overage)  “Simple Choice” plan: $.20 /minuteOther plans: $1.49  /minute
Text messaging No plan: $.50 text message, $1.50 photo/video textPassport plans: Unlimited No plan or $25 bundle: $.50 to send; $.05 to receive$40 bundle: 100 sent messages included (unlimited received) “Simple Choice” plan: Free unlimited.Other plans: $.50 to send, normal plan allotment for receiving
Data plans No plan: $19.97/MB (!)Passport plans: 120 MB – 800 MB included No plan:$20.48/MB (!)$25 or $40 bundles: 100 MB included “Simple Choice” plan: Free unlimited.Other plans: $15 /MB
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This chart is an overview of the differences in plans offered by Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile for American customers using their smartphones in Europe.

For much for on this subject, read our articles below:

Our Guide to using an American smartphone in Europe

Using an American iPhone in Europe… without Going Broke

Tips for AT&T Customers

Tips for Verizon Customers

Tips for Windows, Android and Blackberry Customers

Setting up your phone to avoid a billing “surprise”

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Tom Meyers

About the author: Tom Meyers created and launched EuroCheapo from his Berlin apartment in 2001. He returned to New York in 2002, set up office, and has led the EuroCheapo team from the Big Apple ever since. He travels to Europe several times a year to update EuroCheapo's hotel reviews. Tom is also a co-host of the New York City history podcast, The Bowery Boys. Email Tom. [Find Tom on Google Plus]

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2 thoughts on “iPhone in Europe: Comparing AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile’s plans”

  1. Any updated info on how to watch American TV whilst in Europe? Whenever I Google it, the entire procedure seems to be for techno geeks only. I don’t even understand the instructions. Any quick, easy, BASIC (non-techno-geek) and inexpensive info and/or tips would be appreciated. Thanks!
    PS thanks, too, for the info on AT&T v. Verizon. Yes, I’ve had the “surprise” AT&T bills; but usually after only an hour or 2 of complaining, negotiating & whining to AT&T’s Customer Service, I’ve been able to reduce the amount due considerably. My “home” (cell) AT&T service is lousy @ best & I have been considering switching…

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