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post #1 of 10 Old 05-28-2013, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Cell options in the US

Whats the best cell phone option when traveling in the US? I was thinking an unlocked phone and a sim card from a US carrier. Don't want hugh bill for a couple phone calls home.

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post #2 of 10 Old 05-28-2013, 09:23 PM
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When I go to Canada, I add Canada roaming to my US phone. I've done it with both AT&T (gsm) and Sprint (CDMA). Not too pricey with either.

Don't you have similar options coming this way?

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If you can restrict your calls to only when you have a Wi-Fi connection available, you can use Google voice for free. I have a Google voice account, and I use the groove ip app to make the calls right from my phone. Or I use my ipad to do the same thing using the talkatone app.
Just did this from hotels all throughout Ontario last week.

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Walmart has a phone for $10, then you buy the air time you need.

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wifi wifi wifi

I use any available wifi for my smart phone and then use skype or gmail.
(I do also have a SPOT to send check-in messages to a few family members and friends who may wish to know that I'm still ok and not in a ditch someplace.)

Any other cell phone option is expensive and just too much hassle for me. If I really have to make an emergency or very important call then on my Canadian Rogers plan it will cost me about $1.50 per minute so I just do it. Texting in the US costs me $0.75 per sent message, so if it's important I do it or just make a very quick call.

When I need wifi all MacDonalds have free wifi; along with most decent restaurants, motels, and campgrounds. All of my blog posting when travelling are done with wifi because I refuse to pay for an expensive data plan.

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When I go to Canada, I add Canada roaming to my US phone. I've done it with both AT&T (gsm) and Sprint (CDMA). Not too pricey with either.

Don't you have similar options coming this way?
Yes, but the rates for US or other international roaming from Canadian carriers are obscene.

A couple of times I've tried to get a US carrier sim card for my unlocked blackberry. For some bizarre reason the carriers refuse to permit set up based on a Canadian credit card. So, unless it is an emergency I use wifi, which is available everywhere.

The rest of the world is so far ahead of North America for cell phone compatibility. Last year in the UK, a sim card for my BB and massive amounts of data and time cost ten pounds for 30 days.

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I always get a travel pack from my provider overseas or states. I don't like the stress of not knowing whether I just spent a bunch of money on a call, my experience is that roaming charges get pretty expensive. If going for a short time allows phone to be off then fine, but knowing what the costs are (travel pack) brings peace of mind, to me anyway.

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post #8 of 10 Old 05-29-2013, 01:09 PM
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I've been hearing good things about Travel Free from USA Roaming Fees - Roam Mobility

Haven't tried them myself yet, but worth taking a look at.

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post #9 of 10 Old 05-29-2013, 05:44 PM
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I travel to the US for business 2-3 times a year. Depending on your provider, you can buy a block of time for a reasonable price. You can also get texting plans reasonable too.

Data is where you get killed. Turn off your data while roaming. Another option if you have an iphone is to download the magicjack app. It allows you to call for free over a wifi network. Wifi is usually free in hotels.

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post #10 of 10 Old 06-02-2013, 10:30 AM
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I use tmobile, can usually get a prepaid phone and sim card for less than $ 30...if you can find a tmobile store, they have the sim card for $5-10, can't remember. Don't need a us credit card to set it up, or at least I didn't in March. They have pay per use, or pay per day, unfortunately the ld rates back to Canada are pretty steepq, of course nothing compared to Canadian roaming rates.
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