How do I use my 4G or LTE mobile phone outside Canada and how much will it cost?
Travelling with your 4G or LTE device
1. When you power on your device, it will select a network for you. If you want to change the network you're using, you can select a network through the "manual network selection" option on your phone. For instructions on how to change the network, consult your user guide or the device tutorials from our smartphone support section. Just select your device from the drop-down menu.
2. You'll receive a welcome message from Bell with the standard roaming rates in that country. You'll also receive a warning message if your data roaming usage reaches a certain volume.
When travelling without a travel add-on, the costs can add up especially when it comes to data. Try the following tips on managing your data:
- Use Wi-Fi when available
- If you don't plan to use data, disable data services on your phone. For instructions, consult your user guide or the device tutorials from our smartphone support section.
- Avoid using data-intensive applications such as web surfing, video streaming or downloading large email attachments.
Find more tips on how to reduce data use on your smartphone or iPhone.
To make an international call while abroad, you need to add a "+" symbol in front of the number you’re dialling. To get the "+" symbol on your mobile phone, hold the "0" key for a few seconds until "+" appears on the screen.
- Press and hold the 1 key.
- If prompted, enter your 10-digit mobile phone number.
- When prompted, enter your voicemail password.
Note: roaming rates apply.
To reach emergency services while roaming on an HSPA or GSM network, dial 1-1-2.
Note: We recommend you turn on your phone's screen lock to prevent accidental or unauthorized use. You'll still be able to call emergency services (such as 1-1-2) if needed.
Contacting Bell when travelling abroad
You can contact Bell while travelling abroad using the following numbers:
- From a Bell mobile phone: +1 514 420-7748
- From a landline phone in the U.S.: 1 800 667-7626
- From a landline phone in 21 countries (PDF 10.43 KB): +800 328-2123-3
Note: the "+" represents the international dialling code. To get the "+" symbol on your mobile phone, hold the "0" key for a few seconds until "+" appears on the screen.
My Bell phone was stolen/lost while travelling:
If your phone or SIM card is lost or stolen while you're travelling, report it immediately by calling one of the numbers above to avoid being held responsible for fraudulent charges.
What to expect on your bill
- You'll be billed according to the pay-per-use rates applicable to your destination country.
- To calculate your out-of-bundle usage, see the billing details provided on your bill.
- You'll be billed according to the Travel Pass you've chosen. See what Travel Pass are available for each travel destination.
- The Roam Better feature includes unlimited calling and unlimited sent and received text messages within the U.S., Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands and back to Canada. Plus, you get 100 MB of dedicated data a day that’s over and above your home data bucket.
- If you use up your 100 MB of daily roaming data, you will automatically receive a notification that includes the option to purchase another 100 MB of daily roaming data for $5. All additional data expires at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the day the data was purchased. Your daily data allowance will refresh with a new allowance of 100 MB at 12 a.m. ET the following day.
- See the Roam Better FAQ for rates and other details.