Our company generally uses Verizon over other wireless carriers as it is almost always the only wireless service we can reach in the very rural locations we operate. But the one thing I have been critical of Verizon (and AT&T) in the past has been their international plans. Even when paying for the plans, the rates were awful (50 cents per text, and $10 got something like 10MB or something equally pathetic amount of data). For years I kept a T-Mobile phone, and later a Google Fi phone, in reserve as my international phone. Sometimes I rented one of those international data cellular modems or smart phone with a sim card for the local country so I paid local non-roaming rates, but this was a hassle and still expensive.
Well, this has all changed, likely due to competition from T-Mobile and others. Verizon now has a plan that for $10 a day, one can roam internationally and have access to all the same data, text, and talk limits and rates as in their domestic plan. In other words, travelling international ly is basically seamless now with only a $10 upcharge per day. And this is not one of those things you have to remember to go into the website to turn on just before the trip and then turn off. The $10 is billed in any day Verizon sees you use the phone out of the country, otherwise there is no charge. Our family also has this feature on some of our ipads and on my aircard.
This is simply an enormous improvement over the past, and while $10 a day is real money, it is trivial compared to the other costs of travelling internationally and historic costs of international roaming.
I still like Google Fi, but it is still dependent on domestic cellular networks that are inferior to Verizon's, at least as far as I am concerned spending a lot of time in the boondocks.