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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Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
LG G5
Apple iPhone SE
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
LG G5
Apple iPhone SE
$645 - $1,087
$753 - $1,264
$630 - $800
$499 - $855
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Release Date
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
Apr 2016
Digital Camera Resolution
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
16.0 MP
12.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
2.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.1 inch
5.5 inch
5.3 inch
4.0 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
1.2 MP
Processor Type
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.6GHz octa-core, 1.6GHz  octa-core
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.6GHz  octa-core
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, 2.15GHz  quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister, A9
Battery Capacity
3000.0 mAh
3600.0 mAh
2800.0 mAh
1624.0 mAh
Operating System
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0, Android 6.0
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0
Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0.1
iOS 9.3, iOS 9.3, iOS 9.3.2
Carrier
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
Average Rating
 4.7 stars
 4.6 stars
 4.3 stars
 4.3 stars
Look and Feel
54% Positive
46% Negative
78% Positive
22% Negative
30% Positive
70% Negative
54% Positive
46% Negative
Camera
94% Positive
6% Negative
100% Positive
93% Positive
7% Negative
68% Positive
32% Negative
Display
81% Positive
19% Negative
76% Positive
24% Negative
76% Positive
24% Negative
30% Positive
70% Negative
Waterproof
100% Positive
100% Positive
Storage
57% Positive
43% Negative
33% Positive
67% Negative
100% Positive
100% Negative