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What are the options for texting while overseas?
SUSIE130
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my son has been deployed to afghanistan..what would be the best plan for us to text back and forth and do roaming charges apply?

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Weth
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If he is using his Verizon phone with his Verizon service, then yes, there will be very expensive roaming. Unless you both are prepared for very large bills, he should put his phone in airplane mode and turn on only wifi.

With wifi, you can use a messaging app such as Skype, whatsapp, facebook messages etc. and communicate that way for no charge, except for any wifi charges.

If you tell us what phone he has, there may be other good options while he is on wifi with wifi calling.

Please tell him thank you for service and keeping us all safe.

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doloresk_vzw
Verizon Employee

You must be so proud of your son. Thank you for protecting our country. Is your son on your account and will his line remain active? What plan are you currently on? - Dolores

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Weth
Sr. Leader

If he is using his Verizon phone with his Verizon service, then yes, there will be very expensive roaming. Unless you both are prepared for very large bills, he should put his phone in airplane mode and turn on only wifi.

With wifi, you can use a messaging app such as Skype, whatsapp, facebook messages etc. and communicate that way for no charge, except for any wifi charges.

If you tell us what phone he has, there may be other good options while he is on wifi with wifi calling.

Please tell him thank you for service and keeping us all safe.