We are going to Jamaica for 11 days and I understand it will cost me $1.99 a min if I make a call from Jamaica to the US. I will also pay .50 per text I send and .05 per text I receive. Am I also charged the $1.99 a min if I do not answer the call or if they leave a voice mail but do not check it? We are also taking our lap top along as they have WIFI and I know here at home I can send via my email a VTEXT, will I be charged the .50 per VTEXT and .05 per VTEXT received back? I am just trying to go on vacation and not come back to charges that cost more than the vacation. But we would like to know if someone would need to get a hold of us while we are gone they could without it costing us lots of $$$.
Depending on the type of phone you have, you will also need to make sure you don't require a international data plan. For Blackberrys and Smartphones, the global email and web plan is $64.99 (you can change it back to $29.99 when you come back). If you don't have a global data plan, and you're using the internet, email, facebook, picture messaging, or any other data, then you will be billed $20.48 per megabyte.
To answer your question though, if you receive any text msgs on your phone whether they are from vtext or from an actual phone, then you will be charged the text fee. If you are sending the text from your computer and not from your phone, then I don't believe you will be billed the fee for that. If you use your phone internationally whether you are checking your voicemail or calling another Verizon customer or even calling someone from your Friends & Family list, you still will be billed the international rate of $1.99. As long as you do not make or answer calls, then you will not be billed.