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Old 05-03-2012, 09:24 PM   #1
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I'm looking for an internet solution for traveling in Canada. I have a laptop and would use a usb plug in device, or a mobile wifi device. I need a plan that I can start/stop as I travel/return home, travel USA. I know in the states rv'ers like verizon. What do you like to use in Canada?
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Old 05-12-2012, 04:09 PM   #2
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If you want to start and stop your service make sure you pay the full cost of buying your USB or MIFI device. Stay out of contracts. The best networks (most complete coverage) are Telus and Bell.
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:24 PM   #3
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I don't know how data plans work in Canada but AT&T has a plan with the iPhone where you can use it as a mobile hot spot for up to 5 devices. You ca turn off the hot spot when not needed. it requires a basic data plan for $20 per month and goes to $50 when you have the sharing turned on. I do not remember the allowed upload /download volume but that always worries me. Have not tried it yet but am considering it.
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Old 05-12-2012, 07:20 PM   #4
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I have read in other forums, Bell Canada. Virgin Canada is owned by them. pay as you go from Virgin. Also Telus has arrangement with Bell. They also have a sliding fee. But I have no direct experience with them.
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With any mobile-delivered internet service you have to be careful of WHAT you download with the internet or you will find yourself nailed with big-time data usage fees. What do you want to do with said connection? Email? Browsing this esteemed forum? Those won't hit you up too badly. Torrent downloads? Bad idea.
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Before deciding on an internet device or provider you must first consider the types of places you expect to be using your connection. Cell service can be very spotty when you stray from primary travel routes. I live in Canada and enjoy camping in the wide open spaces that are most attractive to me. Unfortunately, my cell phone frequently doesn't get a signal and I therefore I have no access to internet anyway. I have now resolved to going without a designated internet connection for my laptop.
I just returned from a 10 day camping trip in remote western Maine. I have a wifi booster antenna. I was able to pick up open wifi signals from close cottages (used sparingly) or I drove to a local town 5 miles away to park near a library and use their community signal. The first few days I went through withdrawal at not having a constant internet connection but got into a routine to find and use a signal once a day to check for important emails.

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Yes... WiFi boosters are great! A good one can sometimes pick up a signal from a 1/2 mile away. Of course, it's bad form to piggyback on someone's signal when they haven't got the brains to put a password on it. I've never done that. Nope...not me. Never. Never ever. (snort! right!). I wish I had a dime for every WiFi box that still has it's out-of-the-box setup. Idiots!
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Before deciding on an internet device or provider you must first consider the types of places you expect to be using your connection. Cell service can be very spotty
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Exactly, you need to know what cell service works best in the area your gonna be in and then go from there.

If heading into Canada from the Western United States, Verizon is your best bet, though not positive how the coverage goes into Canada. If I remember correctly, roaming but decent service.

When we had the Rv park, Glacier area, AT&T was really spotty! Like one rock in the whole place that got any reception. You had to stand on the rock, in just the right spot or even that was iffy.... Verizon you could walk all over the park.


If you can announce what area your heading into from and how far your gonna travel up then I am sure some of the locals can help you with it better....... We have plenty Canadian member's like Barrie that could help better with what works in their areas...
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I don't know how data plans work in Canada but AT&T has a plan with the iPhone where you can use it as a mobile hot spot for up to 5 devices. You ca turn off the hot spot when not needed. it requires a basic data plan for $20 per month and goes to $50 when you have the sharing turned on. I do not remember the allowed upload /download volume but that always worries me. Have not tried it yet but am considering it.
I'd plan on using WiFi while in Canada if you have either AT&T or Verizon, and as Barrie said, there are many places where there is no cell signal

The rates for data even if you get a Canadian roaming plan for voice on US plans are huge - typically $2.00 - $3.00 per MB. While it may be possible to purchase a data plan in Canada from a Canadian cell company, I wasn't there long enough for that to be practical.
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I have to deal with this issue going in the other direction Canada to the US. First off you will find that Canadian plans for mobile internet are not cheap! neither are our basic cel services. If you can not get a really good plan from your US carried for roaming while in Canada you might find it is way cheaper to purchase a pay & go phone once you get to Canada and send a message out to friends with your new temp phone number and just throw the phone away after you are done with it. This also works the other way - if on an extended trip to the US it always cheaper for a Canadian to purchase a throw away pay as you go phone in the US. Or if you have a phone already that you can change the SIM card in - you can purchase a from a Canadian carried one of their SIM cards as pay and goes - I know Telus has them as does another major carrier Rodgers. For wi-fi honestly when roaming the cheapest way to go is just to look for hot spots at most coffee shops & library's & RV parks to get on the internet every couple of days Unless you have a good US roaming plan, an iphone and I pad you can connect to Ipad to the internet via the iphone & use its roaming plan to get on the internet.
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Do you need the laptop? You could trade it for an iPad... Either a used 3G model or a new 4G model. The new models CAN be used as a wifi hotspot as well, if your service provider allows it. So you could use the iPad to provide Internet wirelessly to other devices, like your laptop.

iPads are GREAT for web surfing, email, playing games, taking photos and videos (especially the 3rd gen), watching movies, listening to music, and many other uses. I am writing this on my iPad now, in fact. The iPad is tiny, compared to a laptop, but had a wonderful screen. The new iPad has a million more pixels than an HDTV! There are apps for just about everything you can imagine. Oh, and the iPad (as long as it is a 3G or 4G model) is a GPS, too.

One of the best things about it is that there is no contract for Internet service. You pay a month at a time. It does automatically renew, but you can cancel at any time, right from the iPad. You can subscribe and change wireless plans right from the iPad, as well.

If you have loved ones with iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, or Mac computers, you can video chat with them. You do need to be on wifi in order to video chat.

I owned a first generation iPad for two years, and now own a third generation iPad. If you have any questions about them, let me know.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:49 PM   #12
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Sorry the wording of my original post unclear. I am Canadian, live in southern ontario...

I follow a number of blogs people camping all through Mexico using Tecels Banada Ancha for internet, with great success. I follow blogs camping through the USA using verizon with good success. lots of people in national forest, blm lands etc. boondocking near or with line of sight to cell towers on mountains.

I'm looking forward to travelling in Northern Ontario. Barrie-North Bay-Ottawa. Have an invite to Tatamagouche, would go via Quebec which I've never seen. I had hoped to be able to have internet access, however I've now seen coverage maps which are less than encouraging, especially in light of Barrie's comments.
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Do you need the laptop? You could trade it for an iPad... Either a used 3G model or a

One of the best things about it is that there is no contract for Internet service. You pay a month at a time. It does automatically renew, but you can cancel at any time, right from the iPad. You can subscribe and change wireless plans right from the iPad, as well.
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I am with you on the iPad, I just upgraded to the iPad 3 and my 1 is going to my daughter now.

I see there are plans on Rogers with us and Canada, but can you go to the us and then sign on to AT&T or Verizon? Or was your iPad 3 sold specific to an ISP?

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I have AT&T. You can use your cell phone on the current plan but you would need to purchase a data plan for the trip to use the internet. Other than that just find WIFI accesses where you can.
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