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    Any US prepaid service work in Canada yet?

    I travel to Canada a lot and my Boost Blackberry always goes dead as soon as I cross the border. Is anybody aware of an inexpensive yet reliable prepaid service like boost that works in Canada? MetroPCS?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Well, without any roaming options, I doubt it.

    The only PCS/CDMA subscribers up there are Bell, Telus, and Mobility.

    Foreign locations like that are more geared towards GSM anyway.

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    Pageplus works in Canada. Their site lists roaming at $0.29 per minute. Also, if I remember correctly, text messages only cost $0.08 (8 cents) each. Both of these are in Canada and calling/texting back to the USA.
    How is it that we give up houses, businesses and bank accounts when we want a divorce but can't part with a couple of hundred bucks to find cellphone bliss?

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    Who does PagePlus have their roaming agreement with in Canada?

    And for $0.29/min I think I'd use a payphone, or get a world phone such as the TP2 and get a prepaid GSM carrier in Canada to use while up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathtrip View Post
    Who does PagePlus have their roaming agreement with in Canada?

    I think I'd use a payphone, or get a world phone such as the TP2 and get a prepaid GSM carrier in Canada to use while up there.
    Actually it's $0.29/min on top of your normal per minute rate on PagePlus. Verizon is the same. 29 cents still beats T-Mobile which charges a 69 cent/min surcharge for calls placed or recieved while roaming in Canada.
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    If I am remembering correctly, its just $0.29 if you are calling back to the USA. If you are in Canada, calling a Canadian, its roaming plus long distance.

    I don't know who PPC uses for roaming; whoever Verizon uses I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DP102288 View Post

    I don't know who PPC uses for roaming; whoever Verizon uses I guess.
    It depends on where in Canada you happen to be
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    If you get an AT&T Tracfone, this will work in Canada. However, Tracfone gets really mad if you do this, since it's technically a violation of their terms of service (yes, their phones can roam in Canada, but it's prohibited in the Terms of Service - don't ask me why). Tracfones are cheap enough that getting a throwaway phone for your trip is probably worthwhile, if you plan to use it a lot.

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    Does PagePlus' roaming including data? I need some data in order to get my GPS working (map is offline but directions still need some data to work on google map).

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    Any US prepaid service work in Canada yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by kittyworld View Post
    Does PagePlus' roaming including data? I need some data in order to get my GPS working (map is offline but directions still need some data to work on google map).
    Maybe use http://piranha-mobile.com/ when in Canada, and T-Mobile/AT&T directly or via an MVNO when in the US. Swap SIMs when crossing the border. Canadian data on piranha is $0.39/MB, which is OK for light use. Outgoing calls to the US/Canada are $0.23/minute. Less for incoming.

    This only covers roaming on Telus and Bell HSPA areas though, so service will depend on what part of Canada you will be visiting. You will be fine in places like Vancouver and Toronto, but rural Manitoba might be a problem.

    You also need a phone that does PCS HSPA.

    If you are a light cell phone user, you could use http://www.telnamobile.com/ for your primary phone on both sides of the border.
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    Re: Any US prepaid service work in Canada yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by DP102288 View Post
    If I am remembering correctly, its just $0.29 if you are calling back to the USA. If you are in Canada, calling a Canadian, its roaming plus long distance.

    I don't know who PPC uses for roaming; whoever Verizon uses I guess.
    I hope no one thinks that's outrageous. I can't call a US number for 29˘, heck I can't call a number in the next city for 29˘.

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