Verizon Nationwide plus Canada with the 100MB/$25 global data plan is one option if your data usage while in Canada isn't too high.
Your monthly cost would be
- the voice plan - min $60 for 450 mins usable in the US and Canada and to call the US and Canada.
- SMS if you need it - unlimited for $20. If you are a light SMS user and have a smartphone, you could use google voice over data for SMS. Verizon SMS includes use from/to the US and Canada.
- $30 for 2GB of US data.
- $25 per 100MB of Canadian data (it will be relatively slow 3G in Canada)
100MB of data actually goes a pretty long way if you aren't downloading apps, video calling, and streaming over it. So it could be workable. If you need another 100MB chunk of Canadian data then it is another $25.
Oh, and you'll probably end up with the joy of filing tax returns in both countries. ugh. Been there, done that.
Alternatively, if you go with one SIM for each country, then you could use line2 to forward both SMS and voice calls from the line2 virtual number to either the Canadian or US phone depending upon which side of the border you are on. The nice thing about the line2 virtual number vs most voip providers is that it will forward both voice and SMS to either a Canadian or US phone and you can call out/reply with the caller of that same number. It is sort of like google voice with support for Canada. N.B. The line2 toll free numbers do not support SMS, but the US and Canadian local numbers do support SMS. You also need android or iOS for line2.
The best solution probably depends on how much Canadian data you will be using and whether you need fast data in Canada.
Last edited by mch; 09-09-2012 at 03:58 PM.
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