PrePaid Mobile phone company?

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1. Posted by bethy (Full Member 49 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I'm taking a phone with triband with me to Canada, first spending 10 in the US. I will be buying a sim card/new number when I arrive and have no clue really what companies I should be looking at. I dont want to be clueless when I get to a newsagent to buy one. Also if I'm spending most my time in Canada is it best to go with a Canadian company rather than a US company? would calls become more expensive if i took a US prepaid into Canada?
Any opinions would be great!
I hope this makes some sense

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

U.S. Service in Canada would be expensive unless you get a North American roaming option. This is usually pretty expensive anyway, and I am not sure if they are available on pre-paid plans.

The main providers in Canada are:
Bell Mobility
Rogers AT&T Mobile
Telus Mobility

All the providers have decent websites to compare.

What type of phone do you have? As far as I know, only Fido and Rogers have rolled out GSM service in Canada right now, so if you have a GSM phone, you will be limited to those two. However, you should check it out because they may have rolled out GSM service and I just haven't heard about it.

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 6632 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Bethany,

I used T-Mobile while in the US earlier this year - worked pretty well. If you're planning on heading to Canada though and won't be using your phone much in the US, then it may be better to use roaming from your Australian provider (if you're on a plan) while you're in the US.

If you're going to be using it a lot though, you might just have to resign yourself to multiple sim cards/numbers. I managed to get 4 of them on my recent travels (USA, UK, Norway, Russia). Kind of like collecting stamps :)

Cheers, Peter

p.s. I'm pretty sure that you would have no trouble in Canada with a triband phone. My understanding is that that covers any system available in the world these days.

4. Posted by Julz22 (Budding Member 12 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Well i had a look at the 4 companies on the internet and found rogers to be the best and had most coverage. although its a bit of a rip off that your SIM card gets disconnected if you dont top up in the required times (30, 90 days and so on.)
fido i found had no coverage for kelowna and surrounds.
Bell was a bit hard to understand (but maybe its just me) and the other one i cant remember right now.
I also did a search on some other companies Tmobile and att&t and they seem mostly for the US.