Using mobile phones outside the U.S.

May 13th, 2008

Can I use my US cell phone with a ZapTel phone card in another country?

Have you ever used your mobile phone just a little out of range and not realized it till you got your next cell phone bill? I know I have, and I’ve wanted to kick myself for the extra charge on my bill. Now imagine traveling across the ocean, using your mobile phone without setting up an international calling plan and getting your next bill. Let me warn you now - it won’t be pretty.

If you plan on using your U.S. cell phone while you travel abroad, it’s best to contact your service provider first to see if they will support service to your phone while you’re away from home. Almost all mobile providers will require that you set up global access with them in order to use your phone card outside of the U.S. The costs may vary based on the kind of plans they have available.

If you’d like to use your mobile phone with your phone card while you travel, you will need to ask your service provider if they will allow you to dial into your phone card or if they will block it. Many times, mobile providers will block phone cards from being used when you’re abroad.

Depending on your calling need, you may want to consider purchasing a phone card instead of setting up your cell phone for global calling. Make sure to read through all the card details including the notes with the access numbers. These notes will give you important information about what accesses are available.

Click here to do a rate search and select where you will be calling from and to.


ZapTel carries 7 global phone cards for you to choose from depending on your overall calling need:

Phone Card Coupon for Week of May 12th

Through May 18th, receive 5% off your purchase or recharge of a global phone card from ZapTel (card links are in the above blog). Use the following code to receive the discount:


Enter the coupon code on the Review Your Order page, and be sure to click the "Add Coupon Code" button on the page to apply the discount. Offer expires at Midnight Central Time on May 18, 2008.

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One Response to “Using mobile phones outside the U.S.”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    August 22nd, 2008 at 10:15 am

    The Roaming prices are to The Roaming prices are to high sometimes and I find unfair that I have to pay as well when I’m called.

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