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Old 07-15-2013, 12:30 PM   #1
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Cell phone and data coverage in Canada

My husband and I will be traveling in Canada in September after picking up our Escape. We have iPhones with AT&T at home. Does anyone have any recommendations for getting service in Canada at a reasonable cost. We would want data and phone coverage.


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Old 07-15-2013, 12:52 PM   #2
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Depending on how long your are here, but you could likely get a roaming package through AT&T. I am with TELUS here and for a 16 day trip down to the US last year I paid $40 for each of our phones for a data package that expires after 30 days. It includes 50 minutes of calling, 50 texts and 25MB of data. All incoming calls are free. Additional minutes and time is way cheaper than without the package too. We used our phones at least as often as usual, with even more data usage, and stayed within the package coverage.

This has worked good for us. TELUS has lots of other travel options too. I know some people just pick up a SIM card for the area for their phones, though not sure how this works.

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Old 07-15-2013, 05:12 PM   #3
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I'd contact AT&T as soon as you know your travel plans. They have a couple of programs depending on your usage and your present plan(s). You'll need to do it in 30 day increments, and they'll want to start the billing on your regular cycle. I made the mistake of waiting until a day or two after I was in Victoria before contacting them, and ended up having to pay more than I would have otherwise.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:10 AM   #4
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The voice roaming package from AT&T isn't too bad if you use the phone a lot, but I couldn't add it without loosing my unlimited data. They did have a reduced per call plan I could use, but for the limited amount of phone calls I make paying per call was less expensive.

As to data, I never found a solution. Even AT&T's per paid data plan was expensive. I was told I needed to have a Canadian credit card to sign up for a Canadian plan, so I ended up using WiFi. Worked most of the time - I post a daily blog while traveling and was rarely more than a day late...
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