Verizon(s vz)(s vod) made a lot of noise with its Q4 earnings on Tuesday, but it also quietly introduced a new international messaging plan. The carrier’s $5 monthly World Messaging Unlimited add-on gives customers unlimited international text messaging, as well as per-minute international voice rates for as little as 1 cent.
Depending on where you call, those voice rates can be surprisingly good. Calls from the U.S. to Canada and Mexico (to either landline or wireless phones) costs $0.01 per minute. Calls from the U.S. to most of Central Amercian and the Caribbean, meanwhile, cost $0.05 per minute. Other destinations will be subject to Verizon’s international long distance rates. What really makes this plan worth the additional $5, though, is that it includes unlimited text messaging from the U.S. to any number in the world. Some of the plan details are listed in the graphic below:
The World Messaging Unlimited add-on is available for a limited time, and right now the first three months are free. Verizon didn’t say when the promotion will end, so if you tend to make a lot of calls or send a lot of messages outside the U.S., it’s probably worth it to sign up sooner than later.