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1. Posted by Jojes (Budding Member 39 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Hi all

Coming summer we will be spending a month in Canada and USA. We’ll start and end in Vancouver, with 10 days in USA somewhere inbetween.
Does anyone have any experience with a phone plan that covers both countries?
We have an iPhone 7 and an iPhone XS, so an e-sim would be an option for the last one.

Thanks in advance!

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1071 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Hi. My husband uses ATT Prepaid and it covers the US, Canada and Mexico. Here's the link. Click here for ATT Prepaid Phone Plans

I use US Mobile but I just checked and they do not cover Canada so that's out although it's cheaper.

There are a lot of prepaid plans in the USA so you might want to check a few others. My husband has been using the ATT plan for years and is very happy with it if that means anything.

Good luck.

3. Posted by Dymphna (Full Member 145 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Verison has phone coverage in both countries without a problem. But you need to talk to your subscriber about data. Data can be very expensive if you don't get it in both places.

Many places in Canada do not have any bars. At least it did not have any for a major part of BC and Alberta. Where do you plan to go?

4. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1148 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Discount stores, such as Walmart in the U.S. and Canada, offer a variety of prepaid SIMs. Check to see which ones suit you best.

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1071 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Quoting berner256

Discount stores, such as Walmart in the U.S. and Canada, offer a variety of prepaid SIMs. Check to see which ones suit you best.

Just be sure you can use it in Canada too. USMobile is available at Target and it's great but you can't use it in Canada.

6. Posted by Jojes (Budding Member 39 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

2/3rd of the trip will be in Canada.
I can’t use Verizon, it doesn’t work with my type/series of European iPhone. We checked this last year when we spent a month in the US. We bought 2 sims at an AT&T store and they worked very well for the entire duration of the trip (Yellowstone wasn’t much of coverage, but that’s probably the same with every provider).
Hubby looked at T-mobile as it looks like they have an option that works well in both countries ...
Still not sure though, as so many options with all different providers.

7. Posted by Jojes (Budding Member 39 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Dymphna

Verison has phone coverage in both countries without a problem. But you need to talk to your subscriber about data. Data can be very expensive if you don't get it in both places.

Many places in Canada do not have any bars. At least it did not have any for a major part of BC and Alberta. Where do you plan to go?

We land in Vancouver, drive to Osoyoos, into the US via Spokane, spend a good week in Yellowstone and area, back into Canada for Dinosaus Provincial park, Drumheller, through Banff NP, Revelstoke and onto Vancouver Island to fly back from Vancouver.

Looks like Tmobile has pretty decent coverage all over - at least if we can trust the map on their website 😉.

8. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1071 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Be aware that in the west of both Canada and the USA where there are not as many people, the coverage can be skimpy to nonexistent at times. If you depend on your cell phone for a GPS, you may want to have a separate GPS with you. We always carry an extra in addition to our phone.

9. Posted by Dymphna (Full Member 145 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

Be aware that in the west of both Canada and the USA where there are not as many people, the coverage can be skimpy to nonexistent at times. If you depend on your cell phone for a GPS, you may want to have a separate GPS with you. We always carry an extra in addition to our phone.

This is very true! And I point I tried to make earlier. When we went through there was no picking up music on Pandora or anything. Take a book to listen to or preload you tunes...

10. Posted by Jojes (Budding Member 39 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

Be aware that in the west of both Canada and the USA where there are not as many people, the coverage can be skimpy to nonexistent at times. If you depend on your cell phone for a GPS, you may want to have a separate GPS with you. We always carry an extra in addition to our phone.

I remember from last year that we had hardly any reception in Yellowstone... no problem for me, I’d hate to see cell phone antennas all over the national parks 😉.
For other parts of the trip it was the same with bad to no reception (Redwoods, My Saint Helens, Columbia River gorge).

As far as gps goes it won’t be a problem ... we have that on our phones, but I’m still the old fashioned type, maps on my lap while hubby drives 😉. (I know what they say about women and reading maps, but I know do how to do that 😂). I still prefer to see where we’re going and very often we discover spots along the way because of a sign on the map ... no gps can give me that ...