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Old 06-09-2019, 07:34 AM   #1
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Hi all, We are traveling to Nova Scotia in July and was considering purchasing a sim card for use while in Canada. Does anyone have suggestions on which plan is best? We do have unlocked phones and may need to research places to stay while traveling. Thanks
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Maybe the use of a different or additional SIM card has changed, as I looked into doing this a few years back and it actually cost more than getting a plan through my dealer that gave me free use of phone, texting and data (within our subscribed limits) in both the US and in Canada. Works great for us.
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Unfortunately neither of our carriers offer this service
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We have T-Mobile, so we get free texting and data outside the USA. You might check with them on getting a hotspot and a hotspot plan. We also have a hotspot with them that only costs $10 on top of our senior plan due to multi device discount, but our hotspot also comes in handy because we can place it where we get the best signal and log in with our phones (Our Scamp foil liner sometimes blocks weak signals where we sit but the hotspot placed in a window helps). It has unlimited data, although only 2 GB at high speed. Speed is slowed down when outside the USA but it gives us what we need for facebook, emails, and texting.
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Hi,
Are you going to the rally? Hope to see you there.
I took my son to New Brunswick last year. I have a Verizon phone and hot spot and was told my plan covered service in Canada. Apparently Verizon does not own towers there but rents space on other provider's towers. My service was impossibly bad. I was told Verizon traffic was given low priority with the result that even in urban areas it acted like dial up. I blog my travels and would have to find public wifi to upload photos. Lots of busy signsls on the phone. So a little research might be in order. I do not tecommend Verizon.
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Hi all, We are traveling to Nova Scotia in July and was considering purchasing a sim card for use while in Canada. Does anyone have suggestions on which plan is best? We do have unlocked phones and may need to research places to stay while traveling. Thanks
:get a Pass Port and it will solve all your problems
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Hi,
Are you going to the rally? Hope to see you there.
I took my son to New Brunswick last year. I have a Verizon phone and hot spot and was told my plan covered service in Canada. Apparently Verizon does not own towers there but rents space on other provider's towers. My service was impossibly bad. I was told Verizon traffic was given low priority with the result that even in urban areas it acted like dial up. I blog my travels and would have to find public wifi to upload photos. Lots of busy signsls on the phone. So a little research might be in order. I do not tecommend Verizon.
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I have a Verizon unlimited plan and go to Canada often. I cannot say that it is any slower than when in the States. The Canadian cell companies do not prioritize as far as I know. Verizon, however, will slow your data speed down when 500 MB is exceeded in a 24 hour period, and it resets at midnight. The key is not to download/upload lots of photo or video content on your phone unless you are on a WiFi system (McDonald,s, Tim Horton’s, the campground where you are staying). However, most campground WiFi is notoriously slow no matter what country you may be in.
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I have mint mobile works fine for me in ottawa why we fly in to see the inlaws. Worked in Cambodia as well if you are heading east. https://www.mintmobile.com/international-roaming/
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Since my wife and I travel all over the world (including Mexico and Canada), I have found that it is best to stay with a major carrier, in our case AT&T. Free calls, text, and a reasonable amount of data while in Canada and Mexico. While overseas, cheap calling and text rates.
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Howard Forums for Canada cell info

Log into https://www.howardforums.com there is a whole section on Canada cell providers.

Or when you cross the border, hit the next large store and get a prepaid phone.
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I wonder if one of the inexpensive, Pay as You Go, type phones would be of use to you if purchased in Canada?
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In regards to the hot spot. When I go to the beach I check out a hot spot from the library. Works great. Only problem is having to get on the wait list 7-8 weeks in advance and hope my name rises to the top before I leave.
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Having an unlocked phone is very easy to just get a canadian or other country sim card and a pay as you go with no contract. I did this recently when I went to Australia. So easy and pretty cheap. Then once you get back you put in your regular sim card.
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if your carrier doesnt offer out of country plans, then I wuld buy pre paid minites from a canadian carrier. I have rogers which has great roaming deals and doesnt want a contract for most deals
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check this out:

https://www.cellularphonesforseniors...r-seniors.html

It offers truly unlimited access that is not prioritized or throttled, ever. Or at least that is what it was when I got it. Data speeds are on a par with mid range DSL. Access in Canada and Mexico is about the same as in the US though in Mexico you can do better with a local carrier.
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