We currently live in the US but will be moving back to Canada this summer. I am curious to know if Virgin Mobile USA phones will work in Canada. Since Virgin Mobile USA phones cost much less than the phones in Canada would it be possible to use the phone with Virgin Mobile Canada? Can I do a sim card swap? Are the phones locked to Virgin Mobile USA only?
The answer is no Virgin Mobile US phones are not allowed on the Canadian network. There is no technological reason it could not happen both use CDMA VM US using Sprint's network and VM CAN using Bell Mobility's network but CDMA providers are just like that in both Canada and the US they generally only allow their own phones. They say it has to do with phone software incompatibilities mostly (how the browser is configured and how the phone is tuned for the network, preferred roam list, etc.)since the phones that Virgin US uses are almost all different from phones that Virgin Mobile Canada uses VM CAN won't have software for those US phones. In the end its all about locking the phones down to allow them to do only what the provider wants, if outside phones are allowed companies like VM loses control over certain revenue streams.
We will be up for a quick visit in May and will be moving back in July.
This cellphone will be for emergency use only. We will be using a landline or VOIP phone for regular use.
7-11 is good then. For $100 you get an unlocked phone and the current promotion is 275 minutes of airtime (probably a bit less because it's been sitting on the shelf). When you go back to the states you can keep the phone and use it for a US GSM carrier. Just double checking you mean you will be here from May-July, not quick visit in may and then moving permanently in July?
but they already have a virgin phone in the states so what would the point be in buying a phone for $100 the nokia 2125i above is $59 plus $10 starter bonus plus $10 from a kickback code-$20 of airtime just for activating a phone. oh ya buy from direct from the site and get a bonus $25 top up card (top up bonus expires a.30). that would have you set for a month or so.
if you are happy with virgin usa stick with virgin.