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Old 05-24-2015, 09:06 PM   #1
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Phone service Americans in Canada

What are people doing when up in Canada for a while as far as using their phones --- or using something else? For calling campgrounds, for instance, or calling anybody.
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Old 05-24-2015, 09:13 PM   #2
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Stopped at Canadian Walmart and bought a cheap pay-as-I-go phone on my first trip. Just buy a 15-minute card to reactivate it whenever I go back.
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Wow, thanks for the reminder!!! I'm going to have to all AT&T to get temporary i-net/texting-to-the-U.S. privileges!
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One unexpected thing on last fall's trip to Chilliwack was that approaching the border crossing in Sumas, our phones started ringing with offers for some plan in Canada. We have Verizon and were quite surprised at this. As we were in Canada for only two days we just didn't use the phones. Left Canada in Osoyoos. Loren
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That happens the other way too Loren.
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If you have AT&T you can add 30 days of international service. It gives texting, phone and 120 MB of data. I believe it cost $30 US. When you order it you can put an automatic unsubscribe on the service. Seemed to work fine, as always it requires service, from Rogers when across the border.

They have just come out with a different plan, not sure it applies to Canada however. It is $20 per month with texting and data, phone calls cost $1 per minute.
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We have Verizon and have added, for an extra $15, 100 Minutes on phone and 100 text messages while we are in Canada. Anything over 100 minutes will be $0.10 per minute for text or phone. So we will be using only for emergency. If you are on Verizon you can call their GlobalServices at 1-800-922-0204 to add.
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If you have AT&T you can add 30 days of international service. It gives texting, phone and 120 MB of data. I believe it cost $30 US. When you order it you can put an automatic unsubscribe on the service. Seemed to work fine, as always it requires service, from Rogers when across the border.

They have just come out with a different plan, not sure it applies to Canada however. It is $20 per month with texting and data, phone calls cost $1 per minute.

I know about the international data and thought I would get it for a month but did not know that could apply to the phone. Probably does not in my case --- I use an AARP phone that does happen to be ATT. How do you link getting the phone minutes with the data? My data is completely separate from the phone.
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Stopped at Canadian Walmart and bought a cheap pay-as-I-go phone on my first trip. Just buy a 15-minute card to reactivate it whenever I go back.
Thought about doing this and may have to.
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We have Verizon and have added, for an extra $15, 100 Minutes on phone and 100 text messages while we are in Canada. Anything over 100 minutes will be $0.10 per minute for text or phone. So we will be using only for emergency. If you are on Verizon you can call their GlobalServices at 1-800-922-0204 to add.
That sounds like a good way to go. On my phone, however, they said to leave the phone home! Guess they do not want anything to do with service in Canada.
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