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Old 04-20-2014, 11:16 PM   #1
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Telephones

Back in 2002 we camped in Canada for two weeks without a cell phone. Every now and then we found a pay phone, called home and everyone survived. Now that the whole word is connected 24/7 I realize that we can't use our Verizon cell phones without some kind of upgrade. So what do you all do when you cross the border? Calling card? Disposable phone? Smoke signals?
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Old 04-20-2014, 11:32 PM   #2
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Check out "7-eleven speakout", it might have something that'll work for you. We have about the highest rates in the world. When we're in the US we use a pay as you go T-Mobile card and it's less than our 7-Eleven card in Canada

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We and the kid make sure roaming is turned off. We use texting from WiFi hot spots. Can send pix too that way.
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Old 04-21-2014, 12:55 AM   #4
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Would try to go pre-paid route for anything over a 2 week trip or everyday calling, or get a pre-paid card from Costco and use landline phones (they charge a premium to use payphones). Unless its changed in the last few years the Canadian cell carriers charge LD from your pre-paid city # to where you are when you take the call. That's what it was like in the U.S. 20 years ago! Telecomm changes rapidly and you have to research constantly to get the best deal.
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I "talked" to my daughter in Europe and San Francisco, Portland etc. by texting from WiFi hot spots.
Cost nothing at all. You just don't get a voice at the other end hemming and hawing or having to make you wait while they go to the bathroom.
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:16 AM   #6
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Call it creature comfort, but I, like most people these days like to be somewhat more connected. Hopefully Canadian cellphone providers are coming out of the rip-off-age and offering more choices for foreigners. In the older days AT&T had Canada calling as a rate plan in partnership with Rogers. That stopped in about 2010.
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We travel frequently between the US and Canada as we have family in both places. We have a Verizon phone for the US and a Fido phone for Canada. Cost for Verizon is $100 per year and cost for Fido is $10 per month. We use a land line in Canada for most of our calling when we are here. In the US we use free WiFi where available and our home WiFi network when in Canada. Works for us. We are always as connected as we want to be.
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:22 AM   #8
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Everybody loves to hate the cell providers.
Remember when it cost $3 a minute to call long distance? The old days, before you could send pictures from your phone from the middle of nowhere?
Says I, as I reload my Apple TV software because Netflix keeps giving me an error message...
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:29 AM   #9
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Apple? Don't get me started. Yeah, I remember the $4/min "boat phone" charge in the BVI's. And you had to show proof of residence of one year to get pre-paid. Was in that biz for 20 years and will tell you its now like used cars. Do the research, then keep doing it.
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There was something very nice about really being disconnected -- knowing we couldn't be found unless we wanted to be found. So wait -- I can text for no extra charge from Verizon when I'm in Canada? And how do you find a landline when you are camping? Does that mean pay phones actually still exist in Canada?
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