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Old 08-15-2016, 09:03 PM   #1
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Cell Phone Options for Canadian Snowbirds

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Any Canadian Snowbirds out there that can tell me what you do for cell phones while in the states? Do you buy a US plan on your Canadian phone provider? Or do you use an American cell phone service.

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Old 08-16-2016, 06:46 AM   #2
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I bought a US phone (unlocked) it is way cheaper than a CDN plan in the US if you are down there for any length of time.. the reason to buy an unlocked phone is when you go home you can switch sim cards and use the phone in Canada too.. Verizon has the best coverage in the US and T-Mobile has the best rates.. you have to check and find out who covers the area you are going to and who has coverage on the route you will take
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Check with your provider. We are in the US and use Verizon. Under an international plan we were charged $2 for every day in Canada we used the phone . We did not use the phone everyday so we weren't charged for non use days. This set up avoids any roaming charges.
Verizon apparantely has arrangements with Rogers and Bell and we always got good service all the way up to Wawa and down to the border.
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Old 08-16-2016, 08:31 AM   #4
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Im using a tracfone , its working ok, price per minutes is reasonnable, phone are fairly cheap if you want a phone that you can use as a phone ! Other optional phone can be expensive. I dont know if its the same for western states but here in the easter states t-mobile coverage sucks big time, so just make sure that if you go tracfone that you get an at&t sim or verizon sim card.
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We bought an unlocked iPhone off Amazon when it came time to upgrade DW's iPhone to swap out SIM cards while travelling in the US. We tried Roam mobility but their coverage is extremely limited. Recently in northern NY state we had coverage from 3 different cell phone carriers but could not get a signal from Roam. Roam probably works better in urban areas. We thought this would be a good solution because we could use the same phone which we had all the accessories for and all the contacts and apps etc were already on the phone. We also tried purchasing a cheap pay as you go phone in the US but had problems getting it working because we did not have a ZIP code and the customer support was non-existent to help resolve the problem.

We have learned to make use of Skype calling on wifi as free wifi is readily available in the US. You add credit to your Skype account with a Credit Card and you can call any cell phone or landline for about 2 or 3 cents per minute. We also recently learned that with DW's iPhone connected to campground wifi, we were able to receive phone calls over wifi when somebody dialed her Canadian phone number. While travelling, your Canadian phone will work however the roaming fees are exhorbitant but in an emergency you can still make a call.
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, its Roam mobility that was using t mobile ! Could not remember the name !
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Thanks everyone! I was looking at the ROAM mobility and it seems perfect. But I am concerned about the coverage.

It's sounding like the best option is to unlock our cell phones and get a US SIM card and plan down there.
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You are concerned about the coverage and you have to. Roam coverage was basically non existant in New Hampshire , Maine and Vermont, and so on many important highway , basically nothing in west virginia...stay away from roam and or T-Mobile ( their supplier ) if you are planning to travel in the eastern states. I got to say that their customer service was pretty good and they reimburse me without any trouble.
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You are concerned about the coverage and you have to. Roam coverage was basically non existant in New Hampshire , Maine and Vermont, and so on many important highway , basically nothing in west virginia...stay away from roam and or T-Mobile ( their supplier ) if you are planning to travel in the eastern states. I got to say that their customer service was pretty good and they reimburse me without any trouble.
Thanks. Most of our travel would be in the Western USA and down into Arizona. Anyone know how the ROAM service is there?
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Arizona away from major cities has no coverage.. I have Verizon and in Chinle Page Monument Valley and Sonoran Desert.. nada. I dont think we had much in Grand Canyon and spotty in Sedona.


https://www.roammobility.com/coverage

check the map..
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