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International Plan PLUS TravelPass?
JOHASCO
Enthusiast

I am a bit confused.  I want international access for two iPhones for about a month in Europe.  I expect to use email, phone, and data.  My understanding is that with a TravelPass I use the current data allowance on my plan, and there is a $10 fee each day I use the phone.  If I used one phone 20 times, or each phone 10 times, that would be $200!   My understanding is that with an International Travel 100 plan I pay a flat fee of $40 per phone per month, and get 100 calls and 100 MB of data per phone.  $80 for two phones for the month seems a lot better than $10/day each.

However, when I examining the sign up for the International Travel 100 plan, it had an option of ADDING the TravelPass.  I do not understand how these two programs would work together.  Do you pay a flat fee of $40, but it uses your plan data?  Do you pay $10/day in addition to the flat $40/month (and why would you want that)?  Thanks for any info.

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Re: International Plan PLUS TravelPass?
rcschnoor
Super User
Super User

The only way I could imagine you could select both would be to have 1 plan on one line and the other plan on the 2nd line. I can't think of ANY possible benefit for having to pay BOTH fees on one line. The daily travel pass includes ALL the calling minutes of your regular plan, ALL the data of your regular plan and ALL the texting of your regular plan. What possible benefit is there to pay another $40/month to have 100 texts added to an unlimited texting plan, 100 minutes added to an unlimited calling plan and 100 MB added to a data plan which would only charge you $15 should you exceed your plan's data allowance by a GB? The $15 overage fee alone would give you the same amount of data as your initial 100 MB for $40 and NINE OVERAGES of $25 each on the $40/month international plan, or $265 if you take the total. Either 1 x $15 overage charge OR $40 monthly fee + $225 in overage charges if you add the monthly plan to the daily plan? I know which one I would choose.

There is absolutely NO benefit for having both plans on the same line and I would be extremely surprised if you were even able to do so.

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Re: International Plan PLUS TravelPass?
naansalad
Specialist

you can select either ...either 10/day and $40 or more for 30 days on each device ...but keep in mind what is data allowance available and what is overage charge for min/data/text

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Re: International Plan PLUS TravelPass?
rcschnoor
Super User
Super User

JOHASCO wrote:

I am a bit confused. I want international access for two iPhones for about a month in Europe. I expect to use email, phone, and data. My understanding is that with a TravelPass I use the current data allowance on my plan, and there is a $10 fee each day I use the phone. If I used one phone 20 times, or each phone 10 times, that would be $200! My understanding is that with an International Travel 100 plan I pay a flat fee of $40 per phone per month, and get 100 calls and 100 MB of data per phone. $80 for two phones for the month seems a lot better than $10/day each.

Keep in mind, the $40/month/phone plan is NOT 100 calls, it is 100 minutes. If you talk on the phone for 10 minutes with someone, that would only amount to 10 calls, not 100. If you talk for 5 minutes with someone, that would amount to 20 calls.

Any minutes over 100 minutes and you would be charged $0.25/minute. If you use over 100 MB, you would automatically be charged $25 for up to 100 additional MB. With this plan, you also get 100 SENT texts with unlimited received texts, BUT if you are sending group texts to multiple recipients, EACH recipient would count as 1 text against your allowance. If you send ONE group text to 10 people, that would count as 10 texts against your allowance. Of course, iMessages would not count against your texting allowance but would count against your data allowance if you are sending/receiving via a cellular signal and not wifi. You would also not get "free" incoming iMessages, those would still count against your data allowance if not on wifi.

Re: International Plan PLUS TravelPass?
JOHASCO
Enthusiast

I understand that I can select EITHER, but I was given the option of selecting BOTH.  My question is how the two different plans work together, and whether there would be an advantage to selecting both.

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Re: International Plan PLUS TravelPass?
JOHASCO
Enthusiast

Thank you for the clarification on the $40/month plan, particularly the 100 calls/minutes point.  However, my primary question is how that plan works with the TravelPass, since I was given the option of having BOTH plans.

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Re: International Plan PLUS TravelPass?
rcschnoor
Super User
Super User

The only way I could imagine you could select both would be to have 1 plan on one line and the other plan on the 2nd line. I can't think of ANY possible benefit for having to pay BOTH fees on one line. The daily travel pass includes ALL the calling minutes of your regular plan, ALL the data of your regular plan and ALL the texting of your regular plan. What possible benefit is there to pay another $40/month to have 100 texts added to an unlimited texting plan, 100 minutes added to an unlimited calling plan and 100 MB added to a data plan which would only charge you $15 should you exceed your plan's data allowance by a GB? The $15 overage fee alone would give you the same amount of data as your initial 100 MB for $40 and NINE OVERAGES of $25 each on the $40/month international plan, or $265 if you take the total. Either 1 x $15 overage charge OR $40 monthly fee + $225 in overage charges if you add the monthly plan to the daily plan? I know which one I would choose.

There is absolutely NO benefit for having both plans on the same line and I would be extremely surprised if you were even able to do so.

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Re: International Plan PLUS TravelPass?
JOHASCO
Enthusiast

Thank you for your reply.  When I began the sign up for the monthly plan, this appeared:  "Add TravelPass.  TravelPass uses your current domestic plan allowances before your international plan selection."  This is followed by a check box for "Use my current domestic plan for international travel."  This sure looks to me like they are giving the option of both plans.

I am going to be traveling for a month.  During that time I expect I will need to access data away from WiFi on more than four occasions, but I do not expect to be using a lot of data.  It seems to me that limiting the charge to $40, rather than paying $10 each day I use data, makes more sense; don't you agree?  However, I also do not understand the advantage to having both plans, which clearly seems to be an option.

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Re: International Plan PLUS TravelPass?
Ann154
Super User
Super User

For a month long trip, you might also want to consider getting a local prepaid SIM card from the local carrier for less cost for more data, voice and text.

I'm most definitely NOT a VZW employee. If a post answered your question, please mark it as the answer.

Re: International Plan PLUS TravelPass?
JOHASCO
Enthusiast

Thank you for your reply.  I understand this is a option, but I would like to be able to keep my current phone numbers while traveling, if possible.

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Re: International Plan PLUS TravelPass?
vzw_customer_support
Customer Support

Having the right plan to cover your trip is a must, JOHASCO. While rcschnoor is mostly correct, TravelPass is not available in all countries. If you’re visiting various countries and only some are covered with TravelPass, this would be an scenario where you would carry both international options. TravelPass would always take priority over other international options. I hope this helps to provide some clarity.

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