If you travel to other countries, your cellphone provider has you in mind. Increasingly, you can use your smartphones to send text messages and make phone calls to other countries, sometimes for free.
Now, they're starting to let you use your cellphone plan, as it currently exists, when you're in other countries. For instance, we recently told you about T-Mobile's Simple Choice plans, where you can make calls, send texts and use your data plan when you're in Canada or Mexico.
Now, Verizon is rolling out an aggressive international plan that'll make your trips abroad a lot easier. For $2 a day, in Canada and Mexico, you can use your existing Verizon plan.
In other countries, that plan will run about $10 a day. You'll get charged $10 for each 100MB of data used over your current plan's limit.
If those daily rates don't work out for a long trip, Verizon will continue to offer its monthly options. For $25, you get 500 minutes for calls, 500 text messages and 1GB of data for $25 in Canada and Mexico. You can add GBs at $20 a pop. In other countries, monthly rates start at $40 for fewer minutes, messages and data.