Updated on 7 January 2016 by

The best cellphones for International Roaming for 2016 are the quad band GSM phones. CDMA does not have a widespread adoption, is limited to USA and parts of Asia and does not work across the european union at all. Quad-band GSM phones support the 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 1900 MHz frequencies and will guarantee the widest possible coverage across different geographies.

While travelling international the cheapest way is to get an unlocked phone and use an international SIM card. Prepaid international SIM cards can be purchased from sites like Telestial or Maxroam. Our selection of the best international quad cellphones is limited to the unlocked phones.



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Apple iPhone 6s
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Huawei Nexus 6P
Motorola Moto X Play
Apple iPhone 6s
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Huawei Nexus 6P
Motorola Moto X Play
$649 - $900
$350 - $1,133
$750 - $1,200
$499 - $889
$450 - $599
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Aug 2015
Sep 2015
Sep 2015
Sep 2015
Network Type
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100, LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700) - A1688
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - N920T, N920A, LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 17(700), 20(800) - N920A
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100, LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 30(2300) - A1633
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all models, HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 - Global model, LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 9(1800), 17(700), 19(800), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) - Global model
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 - XT1562, LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 19(800), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 41(2500) - XT1562
Digital Camera Resolution
12.0 MP
16.0 MP
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
21.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
2.0 GB
4.0 GB
2.0 GB
3.0 GB
2.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
4.7 inch
5.7 inch
5.5 inch
5.7 inch
5.5 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
Processor Type
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Quad-core 1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57
Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53
Battery Capacity
1715.0 mAh
3000.0 mAh
2750.0 mAh
3450.0 mAh
3630.0 mAh
Operating System
iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 9.0.2
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 9.0.2
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), planned upgrade to v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Carrier
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
T-Mobile, AT-T, Verizon, Sprint
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
Average Rating
 4.6 stars
 4.5 stars
 4.4 stars
 4.4 stars
 4.0 stars
Camera
76% Positive
24% Negative
100% Positive
93% Positive
7% Negative
61% Positive
39% Negative
73% Positive
27% Negative
Display
73% Positive
27% Negative
96% Positive
4% Negative
92% Positive
8% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
93% Positive
7% Negative
Performance
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
83% Positive
17% Negative
25% Positive
75% Negative
Look and Feel
92% Positive
8% Negative
81% Positive
19% Negative
41% Positive
59% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
61% Positive
39% Negative
Battery
30% Positive
70% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
25% Positive
75% Negative
76% Positive
24% Negative
86% Positive
14% Negative

Buying tips to find the Best Cell Phone For International Use of 2016 - 2015


Most service providers also provide international roaming plans so if you already have a phone form these providers you can just enable your existing cellphone with these plans.

Check out the following link to find the best international plan for your needs.

- AT&T International Roaming
- Sprint International Service
- T-Mobile International Service
- Verizon International Service

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