Quick guide to Bell international calling and texting

Bell international calling with eSIM data

Calling and texting in another country usually results in extra charges, even if you’re using an eSIM for data. Here’s what to expect with Bell …

As a Bell customer, you have quite a few choices when you travel internationally and want to use your regular phone number.



Bell customers who plan on doing a lot of calling and texting can add Roam Better to their account if they want to pay a flat rate for every day they use their phone internationally.


Bell’s Roam Better plan lets you use your regular plan’s data, and often provides unlimited talk and text while you’re travelling internationally.


If you’re already planning on using an eSIM for affordable prepaid data while you travel, you might not want to pay for Roam Better (which includes data). 


If you have used Roam Better before, Bell might automatically activate Roam Better once they detect you have arrived in another country. If you’ve never used Roam Better before, you may need to contact Bell or log into your Bell account and request it.


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Bell customers who don’t plan on doing much international calling and texting can choose the pay-per-use route and pay only for individual calls and text messages that occur internationally.


Bell’s pay-per-use option means you can pay set fees every time you rely on Bell for data, a phone call, or a text message that occurs internationally.


If you’re already planning on using an eSIM for affordable prepaid data while you travel, you will only pay Bell for individual calls and text messages. 


If you have used Roam Better on previous trips, but prefer to go the pay-per-use route on this trip instead, you should contact Bell and make sure they don’t automatically place you on their Roam Better plan once they detect you’re in another country.


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If you’ll be using an eSIM for travel data and won’t be calling or texting too often, we recommend using the Bell pay-per-use option.

If you’ve used Bell’s Roam Better plan before and you wish to use their pay-per-use option on your next trip because you’re using an eSIM for data this time, contact Bell and make sure you won’t be automatically placed on Roam Better when you leave the country.


If you’re speaking with a Bell representative, here’s how you can explain it: “I will be using a prepaid eSIM data package during my upcoming trip, but I want to keep using my phone number. I want to make sure I will only be charged pay-per-use rates for calls and texts. I do not need any travel data, because I will be using my eSIM for that.”


If you have any questions about how to use your Bell phone number alongside an eSIM from aloSIM, please reach out to aloSIM Support and we’d be happy to help.

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