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Old 03-08-2016, 05:13 PM   #1
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Cell Phone Use In Canada On Trip To Alaska

With the number of AS owners that make to grand trek to Alaska, was just wondering what they do as far cell service for their phone, tablet, or laptop. I've read tough lesson learned of big bills for not turning off cell and/or data services. My plan is to turn both services off prior to getting within 10 miles of the border and use WiFi exclusively. I have read that the different cell providers have "out of country packages", but find them a bit expensive for the short amount of time to cross Canada. Any information/suggestion would be helpful. Thanks
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Old 03-08-2016, 10:42 PM   #2
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Depending on how much data you use, and how long you expect to be in Canada, I would do one of two things (or even both).

Get a TMobile account, roaming in Canada is free. TMobile roams on Telus. The only experiment I've done, which was near White Rock, TMobile actually got better data than Rogers.

Rogers has the best coverage in general and may be better in rural areas. You can get a sim for Rogers at any Rogers store.
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Any ideas on how Verizon works in BC an YT?
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Call your service provider to confirm your plan and their rates, they may not charge you anything. I travel out of the country for work and have Verizon. They just came out with new plan that allowed me to use my phone and data in Latin America for a flat fee $2 per day up-charge. No extra costs for calls, text messages, IM's, data, etc.
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Recently went to Canada with a Verizon phone....$2 for every day of use.
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Airplane mode works for me.
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Recently went to Canada with a Verizon phone....$2 for every day of use.
I was wondering about the coverage in Western Canada?
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My verizon was expensive to use in Canada...might call and check out their plans...
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Hi from AZ. . . we bought a monthly plan from Verizon for one of our phones, $20 as I recall, but only 100 talk minutes, & 1 gig of data. Not ideal but worked. Course I was on the road 84 days !, good luck..... Craig
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With Verizon you can get cell service for Canada (includes Mexico) for $10 a month. No contract just month to month. But cell only - TURN OFF YOUR DATA - very expensive, use public Wifi......
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With Verizon you can get cell service for Canada (includes Mexico) for $10 a month. No contract just month to month. But cell only - TURN OFF YOUR DATA - very expensive, use public Wifi......
I'd like to find an affordable data plan for my Verizon WiFi Ranger or maybe another data plan. I'd rather not use public Wifi.....for security reasons.
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Found out the hard way that data usage can be costly if you use the wrong plan. As was suggested, I go into Airplane mode once I get near Canadian cell tower reception. Usually, Rogers brand will be picked up in parts of Canada. DO NOT USE PUBLIC WI-FI for sensitive data. Also, certain credit cards don't charge transaction fees. Capital One doesn't. There are others.
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when I went up to Alaska in 2014 I had an ATT package which allowed a very limited amount of data but was OK for phone calls, texts. I won't bore you with the story of the $8000 bill I got after 3 days in Yukon but it was all sorted. One tip: all public libraries in Alaska have free wifi generally with good speed and each town, even Hyder had a public library.
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With the number of AS owners that make to grand trek to Alaska, was just wondering what they do as far cell service for their phone, tablet, or laptop. I've read tough lesson learned of big bills for not turning off cell and/or data services. My plan is to turn both services off prior to getting within 10 miles of the border and use WiFi exclusively. I have read that the different cell providers have "out of country packages", but find them a bit expensive for the short amount of time to cross Canada. Any information/suggestion would be helpful. Thanks
When traveling through Canada all the way to Alaska and back in 13 , we took the batteries out of both our cell phones before getting to Canada both north and south bound . It was nice traveling without one for the couple of weeks we were in this beautiful country . Had an emergency popped up we could have put the battery back in and dealt with the getting screwed part later on , but in most places along the Alcan and the Casier , there is no service whatsoever anyhow .
The wife had her laptop along and were able to check in with it wherever we had access to wi fi .
Our rand Mcnally GPS contraption worked every inch of the way and instantly translated the metric distance and speed limit info into understandable measurements .
Have a safe and wonderful trip !
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