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Old 04-11-2016, 05:29 PM   #11
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The U.S. carrier to which you have subscribed determines which Canadian network you will use, both in terms of technology (there are several mobile communication standards) and more importantly in terms of business deals. Your carrier will have made arrangements with one or more carriers in Canada, and if they went cheap you might find yourself with no service, surrounded by people on other networks who are getting all the service they need.

Even with the same carrier, your specific device will determine what network technology will work, so there's no single clear answer for questions such as "does Verizon work well in Canada".

If your carrier made their arrangement for Canada with Rogers... well, good luck with that.
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My T-Mobile worked fine in Osoyoos and there were no additional charges.
Since Osoyoos is on the border, that could possibly have been service from T-Mobile towers in the U.S... and it wouldn't work that way in most places.
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T Mobile and Verizon in Canada

Excellent points about it being dependent on your carrier and also the possibility that they were still able to use US towers due to the proximity of Osoyoos to the border.

It's always a good idea to add the international coverage before your trip, rather than authorizing it via the phone once you're there. Much less expensive.

I don't have to worry about any of that because I have a global phone that is paid for by my employer, but most folks aren't going to have that luxury.

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Old 04-11-2016, 11:34 PM   #14
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The U.S. carrier to which you have subscribed determines which Canadian network you will use, both in terms of technology (there are several mobile communication standards) and more importantly in terms of business deals. Your carrier will have made arrangements with one or more carriers in Canada, and if they went cheap you might find yourself with no service, surrounded by people on other networks who are getting all the service they need.

Even with the same carrier, your specific device will determine what network technology will work, so there's no single clear answer for questions such as "does Verizon work well in Canada".

If your carrier made their arrangement for Canada with Rogers... well, good luck with that.
Right, so the question really is who is T-Mo's Roaming Partner in Canada? Do a search and it isn't easy to figure out. Most blather on about the rate plan attributes but as usual- if it sounds too good to be true, is it? A lot of fluff out there.

From PC Magazine I found some names, but it includes pretty much all the Canadian carriers. Really? "Roaming will come on Rogers, Bell, Telus, and WIND in Canada". Huh? Well to be fair, newer Verizon phones are also GSM capable with an unlocked GSM side- which means you can buy a prepaid card and use it now vs. trying to get AT&T to give you an unlock code

I love the un-carrier approach to T-Mobile and most of you in the U.S. don't know how great it was that AT&T wasn't allowed to buy them. The rates are much much better for that.
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Right, so the question really is who is T-Mo's Roaming Partner in Canada?
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From PC Magazine I found some names, but it includes pretty much all the Canadian carriers. Really? "Roaming will come on Rogers, Bell, Telus, and WIND in Canada". Huh? Well to be fair, newer Verizon phones are also GSM capable with an unlocked GSM side- which means you can buy a prepaid card and use it now vs. trying to get AT&T to give you an unlock code
Yep, that's everyone. There are other brands, but they're generally just alternate brands or resellers of service from those four. Also, Bell and Telus share equipment, and Wind has almost no coverage on their own network.

The only one which was GSM back in the GSM or CDMA days was Rogers. All support LTE (the "convergence" technology), but LTE coverage is rural areas is sparse.
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